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RebelMouse vs. WordPress and Drupal

RebelMouse is a cutting-edge CMS and creative agency that teaches media companies and brands how to build content and site experiences for today's dynamic landscape. How does RebelMouse compare to standard CMS solutions like WordPress and Drupal?

WordPress and Drupal are the most well-known and widely used traditional CMSs. Their open-source technology make them popular among a large ecosystem of developers looking to build customized web experiences. But their decentralized model means that each site has to be upgraded and iterated on independently to have the new features, new security, and new performance needed to keep up with the industry. And, as Drupal users are currently experiencing, being regularly forced to upgrade adds anxiety and uncertainty. This model is much better suited to small bloggers with simpler needs. Which means if your site is your business, running on WordPress or Drupal requires an enormous amount of time and investment for temporary tech resources to cobble together a site using plugins you can't trust and solutions you can't maintain. The end result still doesn't give your content a fighting chance to win SEO, maximize social reach, and see meaningful and sustainable traffic growth.

RebelMouse Is Transforming the Industry

Just as Gmail replaced Microsoft Exchange servers as the modern, go-to email service, RebelMouse is similarly disrupting traditional CMS solutions with a centralized, cloud-based model. The platform was born during the age of social in 2012, and since then our developers, strategists, and traffic experts from across the globe have made it a priority to anticipate industry changes, navigate algorithm updates, and learn new best practices to help our clients seamlessly enjoy competitive advantages.

We constantly monitor industry giants like Google and Facebook so our clients are always set up for success across search and social. With site builds, we optimize for high page speed across mobile and desktop since we know Google heavily penalizes site experiences with poor page speed, as does Facebook, and potential visitors are known to quickly abandon slow pages.

We use industry-leading, reliable approaches from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host our infrastructure, as well as advanced custom content delivery network (CDN) configurations designed to provide maximum stability, scalability, speed, and security for our clients across the globe.

These kinds of processes require massive time and monetary investments on a WordPress or Drupal setup. But with RebelMouse, every feature update, infrastructure improvement, and security patch is pushed live to all of our clients at once without interruption. Our tech is lean and always iterating, which means investing less money in an all-encompassing solution that fuels more growth.

The Right Product for All Teams

We've proudly built a product that actually achieves the goals that CMOs, CEOs, and CTOs need their digital product to fulfill. Our authoring tools make editorial, audience development, and social teams efficient and savvy, thanks to our proprietary technology that's been engineered to optimize content across platforms. Likewise, our analytics tools make your marketing and strategy teams feel happy and supported. We give them digestible data to understand and better optimize content for strategies that drive meaningful traffic. Our design tools appeal to product and revenue teams because of our next-level customization control and flexibility within site design and performance. And our platform is a developer-friendly solution for engineers to deliver far better results to their companies without straining tech resources.

When your site is your business and content is crucial to your bottom line, RebelMouse provides the right tools at your disposal so your teams always have an advantage when building site experiences and maximizing reach anywhere audiences may be discovering content.

Our Formula for Growth Works

The value of RebelMouse's modern approach is clear once you look at the data. Compare the following Google PageSpeed Insights scores among brand-owned media sites. Keep in mind, we've set 60 as a benchmark score given how Google's own sites and apps perform.

The WordPress and Drupal sites have difficulty reaching the benchmark These types of scores will hurt brands trying to maximize organic reach and engagement.

The Digitalist From SAP (on WordPress)

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalistmag.com%2Fiot%2F2019%2F08%2F27%2Fcreating-intelligent-enterprise-in-retail-part-3-future-of-iot-isnt-tech-strategy-its-business-one-06200351

Johnson & Johnson News (on Drupal)

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jnj.com%2Fpersonal-stories%2Fward-5b-how-one-nurse-revolutionized-patient-care-during-the-aids-crisis

Meanwhile, RebelMouse clients see scores that match or exceed the benchmark.

Hub From United Airlines (on RebelMouse)

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhub.united.com%2Funited-10-tips-solo-traveler-2638775509.html

Tomorrow Unlocked From Kaspersky (on RebelMouse)

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomorrowunlocked.com%2Fthe_nomads

More importantly, our attention to factors like page speed help media companies and brands see growth across all key metrics once they make the move to RebelMouse.

For this client, the move from WordPress to RebelMouse has caused immediate growth in reach and loyalty.

This client moved from a "good enough" CMS over to RebelMouse. For more than a year they were stuck with either no growth or declining. Since moving to RebelMouse, the growth has been incredible.

Introduce the Solution That Makes You a Hero

We're excited that our product is tightly configured and delivers such an enormous advantage for teams. Switching to RebelMouse is a no-brainer compared to the lifetime cost of trying to maintain your WordPress or Drupal setup — and we can move you over quickly or enable you to move yourself over quickly.

If you currently use Drupal, you're likely aware of the mandate forcing clients to migrate onto Drupal 8 by 2021 and may be questioning whether it's worth it. Instead of being stressed, view this as the perfect opportunity to make the leap to RebelMouse.

We're also opening up RebelMouse to a larger ecosystem of developers so, if you're a developer, definitely get in touch with us. If you work with companies whose businesses and growth rely on their content, you can give more with RebelMouse. You can solve problems with us that would cost a tremendous amount of time and energy to attempt to solve with WordPress or Drupal. With RebelMouse, you'll be the hero as you introduce your teams to the modern solution that keeps everyone innovative, efficient, and happy. Contact us today to learn more.

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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