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User-Submitted Videos on RebelMouse

At RebelMouse, we believe in growing powerful communities that not only drive engagement, but generate loyal followers. We live in a universe of creators that want to share their own content with your brand.

That's why we offer a page on our platform that accepts uploads and submissions from users that can create very valuable assets, allowing you to remix and reuse with crediting and rights in place.


Creating one for your site is easy for us. It simply requires some services hours to customize the page for your site.

Submissions Interface

To make it simple to implement, you can match the above layout with your design and wording. Then we'll take your input and snap it into your RebelMouse site.

We support uploading photos, videos, articles, and links from YouTube and Vimeo.

Project Estimate

  • Design: 5 hours
  • Development: 5 hours

Moderation Interface

RebelMouse also offers a moderation hub to keep all the user-generated content out of your production site. The submitted content is still connected to your site, so you can easily feature anything that you like in production. This is simply a way to help keep your workflow organized.

Project Estimate

  • Setup and Training: 5 hours

Promoting the Submission Feature on Site

Promoting the feature on site is easy to do because the promotion has its own landing page. One way to promote it that we like is by featuring a "breaking" banner at the top of your site. Here's an example of this shown on our client Dance Magazine's site:

Project Estimate

  • Design: 5 hours
  • Development: 5 hours

Promoting the Submission Feature on Facebook

It's also easy to promote video submissions via an embed on Facebook. The process involves setting up a tab and is only eligible for pages with 2,000 fans or more.

This is what the video submission iframe looks like once set up:

Project Estimate

  • Design: 2 hours
  • Development: 3 hours
  • Configuring Facebook: 2 hours

Project Timeline

Following mutual agreement on specs and designs, the project should take 2–3 weeks of back-and-forth collaboration, implementation, and training to launch.

Leverage User-Generated Content Today

If this all sounds like something you'd like to implement on your site, contact support@rebelmouse.com today to get started.

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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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