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Sections Dashboard: An Overview to Stay Organized

In the Sections dashboard, you can create and manage sections for specific topics and content within your site.



To access it, click Sections in the lefthand administration panel or type "YourDomain/core/r_dashboard/section" in the URL bar:

Once you open the Sections dashboard, you can:

Add new sections:

Remove sections:

Update the section's status to either Public, Private, or Unlisted:

  • Public: The section is open to everyone who visits your site and shows up in your site's navigation menu. The articles within this section are fully public.
  • Private: The section is only visible to administrators and will not show up in your site's navigation menu. The articles within this section will 404 for anyone that's not logged in with an administrator account.
  • Unlisted: The section is only accessible by URL and will not show up in your site's navigation menu. The articles within this section will be visible to the public if they have the links to those specific posts.

Reorder the sections:

As they would appear on your site using the drag-and-drop functionality.

Access Section Details where you have the option to adjust the following in each section:

  • The section's meta title, description, and keywords. Your section's meta information is what you would like Google to take into consideration when crawling the page.

  • The section's URL slug, while keeping the section's name the same. You can always link-out to a different URL if you want a section to go to, for example, an online shop.


  • Content tags to automatically pull in any post with the same tag. Unlike meta tags, content tags are specific to your site's content structure and organization.

After making all of your changes, be sure to click Save.

Select a Primary Section:

When creating a post in the Entry Editor, you have the option to allocate a primary section to that post.

Depending on what URL setup and site design / styling you have, that primary section:

  • Will be displayed in your posts URL or not.

  • Will be displayed in your site's design as the main section label.

Parent-Child Relationships for Sections

You can set up a parent-child hierarchy for your sections. In the video below above you can easy how easy it is to set up the right taxonomy for your site.

Here is how it looks in the Entry Editor:

Here is how the parent-child relationship looks in the Sections Dashboard:

Add/Edit Sections In Post Dashboard

Easily add, edit, and remove sections for an article within the post dashboard:

The Channels Tab

To avoid cluttering up the Channels tab, we've made it so that the top five sections that you have organized in your Sections Dashboard are shown in the Entry Editor.

You can easily find and add other existing sections using the new search field below your top five categories. You can also display all of your sections using the Show All Sections button:

Using the same search field, you can also add a new section instantly:


Content Ingestion AND/OR Logic

We have an option in the Sections dashboard where you can add content tags to be automatically ingested:

By default, those tags added behave like an OR clause. So if you add "Music", "Video" and "TV", it will ingest Music OR Video OR TV tagged content.

With the + logic added at the beginning of the tag, if you do: "+video", "+music", that section will ingest the posts that have both tags only (it won't ingest a post that has only the tag VIDEO, for example). So it behaves like an AND clause.


If you have any questions about the Sections Dashboard or your own site's architecture, contact support@rebelmouse.com.

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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