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Optimizing Page Speed on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is the fastest media platform available today. With that said, third-party plugins can slow your page speed down. But there are ways you can optimize them.


Data Snapshots to Understand

First, take a moment and review what you're competing with:

How Fast Could You Be on RebelMouse?

Our platform is blazingly fast, but you need to control your third-party plugins carefully. Here's how a RebelMouse-powered client is performing:

How to Get Faster

  • Use lazy-loading objects everywhere you can. We have an in-depth article on how to handle this here.
  • Move third-party JavaScript from the header to right before the closing of the body tag.
    • In our Layout & Design tool, we recommend that you create a shared element called "Third-Party JavaScript Calls," and that you place it in your footer.
    • If you use infinite scroll, you can place the shared element right after the "Infinite Scroller" module so that it's before the closing of the body tag, since you probably will never have users reach your footer.

Here is how it works:

Use asynchronous calls on every third-party JavaScript library. There are some wonderful articles on the internet that explain this. We recommend these two in particular:

If you're working with a particular partner, and moving their code to asynchronous doesn't work when you test it, you should absolutely reach out to them directly and ask them to support it, as well as give you the right code snippet for it. This will make a big difference in load times.

Ensure your image crop ratios are not set to "Preserve Original" in our Layout & Design tool. This is done in the post element, as shown here:

Curious if your site is firing on all cylinders? Check with your account manager today to make sure your site is optimized for top performance.

If you're not on RebelMouse yet, we can help you optimize your current site's page speed, in addition to addressing your Lighthouse audit, Google Search Console setup, and SEO strategy. Don't fall victim to slow page speed in 2019. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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