Why RebelMouse Is so Fast

Fast-loading sites are now a bipartisan issue. It's a debate that may have once been considered insider baseball, but is now a widespread user preference. The topic of a fast-loading internet has always come down to reader experience, but with the spread of social, the reader now has more of a say — and is a higher priority — than ever before.

Just this month Facebook announced it will start prioritizing faster-loading pages, which could prompt even more publishers to focus on Instant Articles. Google also recommends keeping page speed down to under three seconds.

Users are just as smart as the industry insiders now, and that means it's important to give them as swift and efficient an experience with your content as possible. If not, they will find it elsewhere.

RebelMouse is a CMS that fuels crazy-fast content, so you'll never have to worry about speed impacting your content's distribution. There are a lot of factors that go into why we're so fast. Here are just some of them:


Page Speed

  • RebelMouse has a global CDN network with multiple partners automatically set up with every site we launch.
  • Incredibly cool caching rules that deliver assets blazingly fast every time.
  • An amazing global front-end team that packs an incredible amount of functionality into a super lightweight JavaScript app.
  • Everything is tested against Google PageSpeed Insights to optimize as much as possible, while balancing necessary integrations.
  • We prioritize every feature to help with speed, including your Facebook pixel, Google Analytics, and ad calls.

Stability and Monitoring

  • A group of of traffic junkies on your side, from DevOps to SysOps teams.
  • An amazingly sophisticated, multi-region Amazon Web Services (AWS) setup that auto scales, alerts, monitors, and notifies.
  • A globally distributed team, which means at least two people are always watching graphs, charts, and trends, and applying optimizations to your site simultaneously.

Editorial Efficiency

  • At RebelMouse, we believe it's not just the page speed or reader experience that needs to be fast. We also value every minute of a writer or editor's time.
  • Other CMS platforms often make writers do inefficient things that slow down the growth of the company. We subscribe to the mantra that content is king, and writers are the lifeblood of the kingdom.
  • We love social teams, too. We give you a fighter jet to use where other CMS solutions would provide you the Wright brothers' plane.

Super-Fast Product Iterations

  • Our fully distributed + global team not only passes the baton between time zones so your site always has attention, but each team member also covers a wide set of expertises that comes together in small teams.
  • The acceleration of history is a real trend and it is very hard to keep up with. RebelMouse gives you the power of a $10-million-a-year team for a fraction of the cost to keep up with all the changes of the industry.

Data-Driven Product Cycle

  • Everything we release at RebelMouse is released to a small percent of traffic and A/B tested for performance impact.
  • Our testing includes how each version impacts page speed and user experience.
  • We take those results and see how they correlate with bounce rate, time on site, pages per session, and conversion to goals — such as new shares, subscriptions, and purchases.

Access to a Massive Data Set

  • Companies only get to see their own data, and they make conclusions based on their single view. We power experiences across nearly every topic, industry, and company type.
  • We bring the insights back into the product that make your workflow faster, your processes faster, and your time to market more informed and strategic.

Why RebelMouse Is the Best Content Marketing Platform

RebelMouse is a unique platform and company. The company was founded on the vision that media companies would need an always-modern solution to thrive in the new connected internet, and that brands would have to behave like new media companies and use the same platforms.

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Why Premium Creative Agencies and CTOs Choose to Develop on RebelMouse vs. WordPress and Drupal

The Intersection of Design and Development: Where Your Clients Thrive

We started RebelMouse seven years ago knowing that there was a fundamental design flaw in the world of traditional CMSs: Every instance, on every platform, had to be updated independently. It's similar to an era when users had to manage their own Microsoft Exchange Server for email. The costs of managing, maintaining, and iterating on a CMS to keep it awesome and world class is typically a $10 million-a-year endeavor. But even then, these cost-prohibitive CMSs are still behind the times.

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Native Multivariate Testing at Scale With RebelMouse

What Differentiates Our Approach

There are many popular tools that allow you to perform experiments and A/B tests on your users — primarily Google Chrome Experiments and Optimizely. But all of these solutions are JavaScript additions to your web page that sidestep the problem of old, outdated, and clumsy CMSs. These solutions work by calling on a third-party JavaScript library that rewrites a page after it's rendered. This approach adds extra page weight and creates strange user experiences due to having to wait for everything to load and be rewritten on the fly.

At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.

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Modern E-Commerce: Blur the Line Between Content and Design

Create Modular + Reusable Design Patterns on RebelMouse

Content saturation is an industry-wide problem, and the e-commerce space is no exception given that it's filled with big brands, small Etsy stores, and everyone in between all fighting for similar audiences. The best way to fight this symptom is to understand your audience and provide them with what they want.

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Instagram-style E-commerce Features on RebelMouse

Revolutionizing E-commerce on RebelMouse

Whether you're a brand with a blog or a media company with a site, driving purchasing behavior and building an audience that uses your content to find things they love to buy is vital. We're very proud to have built out the same functionality that everyone is now used to on Instagram, with layovers on images that lead to products with attribution.

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Building Premium Communities and User Journeys on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is much more than just a replacement for a traditional CMS. Our platform is a tremendous community-building experience. Today's social ecosystem has given us a seemingly limitless number of premium creators who understand how to create gorgeous and relevant content that drives the growth of their own audiences. These creators and influencers are either experts in certain topics, or heavily engaged in targeted content that drives their interests. They're not only consuming the content they're passionate about, but they're contributing to the conversation, too. The new role of the editor is not just to cover the most important topics and people around their expertise, but also to invite those preferred influencers into their community and get them to participate in creating premium content.

Read our deck here...

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Dynamic Voting: Grow Traffic and Engagement Organically

Help your audience find its voice.

Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but play a role in the creation, promotion, and conversations surrounding it.

Since the start of RebelMouse, we've been on a journey to create dynamic media that is easier for content creators to curate and amplify on social. It's why we've built an online engagement platform centered around the power of communities that thrive naturally in the digital ecosystem.

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How to Monetize Your Website in Today’s Publishing Environment

In order to define distributive publishing, we have to ask the following question: If you have quality content, but nobody sees it, does it even exist? The answer is no, because your content needs to be supported in a way that lets it move seamlessly across all channels, especially site, search, and social. But let's take this question a step further: If you can't monetize your content to generate the support it needs, how do you create quality content in the first place?

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A Modern Story of Web Performance From RebelMouse Founder + CEO Andrea Breanna

If I had more time, this website would have loaded faster

In the first months of 2020, we've focused at RebelMouse on page speed and performance. We worked very hard and found ways to take 90% of the sites we power to 90+ performance scores via Google's PageSpeed Insights tool — even with sites that are loaded with ads, embeds, third-party analytics, and other typical slow-loading elements. You can read more about our victories here.

A few months after we started this process, COVID-19 hit the world very hard. Suddenly, every media company was faced with a huge problem: Advertising fell off a cliff in what seemed like seconds. The only way to survive this unprecedented downturn is to grow traffic and control costs at the same time. So we started to shave our code and made our websites faster. We dropped costs just as dramatically as we were increasing scores.

Here are some surprises we found when doing this: If you want truly exceptional performance, none of the JavaScript and CSS frameworks that developers love so much make the cut. We thought the React version of RebelMouse was going to be the huge page speed breakthrough, until we realized the only way to achieve this goal was to write the code carefully and refactor it endlessly until it was as short as possible. As any author will tell you, like editing a book or a blog post, the revision process is never really done. By stepping away from frameworks, and methodically shaving vanilla code, our customers continue to see major improvements in performance.

As we announced this to our site network and rolled it out publicly, many of our clients asked me personally, "How did you do it?" The answer is easy to understand regardless of how technical you may be. It's perfectly summarized in this wonderful quote attributed to Mark Twain:

"If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter."
—Blaise Pascal, 1657 (and later, more famously Mark Twain)

The universe is sometimes very beautiful, and especially when you keep it simple. If you would like to start publishing on a site optimized for both speed and sustainability, request a proposal and let's start working together.

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Small and medium-sized news organizations producing original content about the COVID-19 pandemic for their local communities could be eligible for money from Google.

The search engine announced a global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund through the Google News Initiative to support journalism during the crisis. Funds will range from the low thousands to tens of thousands depending on the size of the newsroom, according to Google.

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