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The RebelMouse API

The RebelMouse publishing platform is built to launch social web properties for distributed content, and ultimately convert organic visitors into loyal, lasting audiences.


For most client use cases, the entire content lifecycle, including creation, publication, distribution and optimization, occurs within RebelMouse. In certain cases, clients may seek to pull data from RebelMouse into an external environment, such as an iOS and/or Android app, a separate web-property, a social widget, or another third-party environment.

Depending of the end-goal, clients seeking to source content and/or metadata from RebelMouse into an existing digital environment can leverage RebelMouse's API to do so.

Flexible Applications and Use Cases

The RebelMouse API is a platform-agnostic, REST API that returns data in JSON format.

Regardless of whether your web and/or mobile instance is built on WordPress, Drupal, Adobe Experience Manager, Sitecore, Ruby on Rails, Python, Objective C, Java, or Swift, all use cases for content and metadata ingestion are universally supported.

Mobile Apps

While RebelMouse can design and develop custom mobile apps, many clients may already have an existing iOS and/or Android app that they would like to infuse with content being created and produced within the RebelMouse platform. Mobile developers can leverage our API to deliver a custom presentation of metadata stored in the RebelMouse database.

Custom Front-End Implementations

Clients may also want to use RebelMouse as their publishing back-end, while leveraging a custom front-end that is not powered by RebelMouse. Through our API, clients can make API calls to source and feed content metadata into their custom front-end web solution.

Social Widgets

Clients may also utilize certain social features (aggregation, sharing) of RebelMouse without leveraging the full publishing platform. Creating custom social widgets within a web property can be achieved by calling our API for the required metadata.

Content Metadata

Our API provides metadata for content published on a RebelMouse-powered property, including (but not limited to) the following metadata types:

  • Title:
  • Body text:
  • Tag(s):
  • URL:
  • Social headline:
  • Social description:
  • Author name:
  • Author photo:
  • Author bio:
  • SEO headline:
  • SEO keywords:
  • SEO description:
  • Post/Article ID:

Supported API Calls

The RebelMouse API currently supports calls for the following content sets and criteria. Please note that “post" is defined as an individual content entity:

  • Frontpage Posts
  • Posts by Section
  • Posts by Author
  • Posts by Tags
  • Post Details

API Documentation

You can find documentation and examples for old and new API in RFD category:
http://learning.rebelmouse.com/category/rfd-api

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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