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Layout & Design Tool: Powerful Site Control at Your Fingertips

In today's dynamic digital landscape, where the ecosystem is ever evolving and you're required to make changes in a snap to keep up (or you simply want to make a design change without relying on a vendor), RebelMouse now gives you ultimate control over your site.

Our comprehensive Layout & Design tool enables you to customize, optimize, and flexibly manage any element of your site. The best part? No matter how you wield the Layout & Design tool, your site will be set up to look beautiful and perform optimally across devices, screen sizes, and platforms.


A quick snapshot of Rebels using our Layout & Design tool to customize their sites. See the full showcase.

Here are four key reasons to get excited about our Layout & Design tool:

1. Enjoy Awesome Flexibility

Either quickly launch with the preset RebelMouse-proven template and simply update it with your logos, fonts, and color palettes, or completely customize to your liking with advanced HTML/CSS tools and flexible JS control.

Edit the CSS of any page element or add a new property:

2. Easily Configure Pages to Fit Your Needs

The Layout & Design tool is set up in grid-patterned rows and columns — with full control over desktop, tablet, and mobile views — so you can easily tweak templates to reflect your brand needs and perform across devices.

Easily add new elements to your page template:

Seamlessly switch among desktop, tablet, and mobile displays:

3. A/B Test Everything + Anything for Optimal Performance

Confidently configure your site for optimal performance. The Layout & Design tool features A/B test functionality that enables you to experiment with every page and zone template on your site: home pages, section pages, static pages, headers, footers, or sidebars. Our platform automatically rotates each of your A/B (C, D, E, F, etc!) templates, which can be accessed anytime through unique URLs. Plus, you can update template names at any time and remove a finished test with one click — super easy to manage.

4. Empower Your Team to Dig In

The Layout & Design tool is great for teams. Your site's design and layout can be managed visually or by code, making it easily accessible for the design perfectionists or tech experts on your cross-functional team.

Combined with our intuitive entry editor, our groundbreaking RebelMouse DCMS officially offers best-in-class tools across both publishing and site design. With RebelMouse, your teams are set up to win the content game and effortlessly optimize stories for organic reach with incredible efficiency.

Try Us!

Ready to take control? Good news! You can request a proposal today and quickly launch your RebelMouse site in days.

Want to learn more? Contact us today.

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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