Create One Page On Your Website With All Your Social Media Streams

In the years I’ve been working with WordPress and Social Media, I’ve seen applications come and go for managing all your Social Media streams from a single dashboard. Some of these have been pretty decent applications, but I’ve not seen too many of them survive. But, so far, I’ve not seen a system that curates all your Social Media streams into a single application for the world to see. Also, I’ve not seen anything that will bring this into your WordPress website in a presentable manner.

Until RebelMouse

RebelMouse Home Page

What Is RebelMouse

In the words of the developers themselves:

RebelMouse is your social front page; connect all of your social networks to create a beautiful, dynamic site in seconds. RebelMouse shows the world what you care about and automatically updates as you share.

Basically, the RebelMouse website allows you to pull your Facebook, Twitter, FlickR, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and any other RSS feed that you’d like to add. Plus, if you want to add multiple accounts from a single service, you can do that as well. Finally, with Twitter, you can add stories based upon a certain hashtag so if you’d like to curate stories about a certain event to your WordPress website, just make sure you enter the hashtag for that event into RebelMouse.

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OK What Can I Do With This?

Use The RebelMouse Page As Your Home Page

If your website is not WordPress, you can visit the RebelMouse website – after you set up your account – select from a few options, and then produce your embed code.

RebelMouse Embed Code Production

But, if you are using WordPress (you must be, you’re reading about it here), then you simply install the RebelMouse plugin from the WordPress repository.

Once you’ve installed the plugin and activated it, navigate to and you will see the box to put your RebelMouse site name. When you sign up for RebelMouse, you will choose your main site name (much like you chose your Facebook name or Twitter name). That’s the information that will go here.

RebelMouse WordPress Plugin Settings Page - Home Page

Use The RebelMouse Page As Any Page On Your Website

If you click the “Page Settings” tab of the screen, you can choose either a different RebelMouse page or your main page and create a specific page on your website to display your Social Stream. You can name this page anything that you’d like.

RebelMouse WordPress Plugin Settings Page - Specific Page

Use The RebelMouse Widget On Your Website

RebelMouse WordPress Sidebar Widget

You can put the RebelMouse Widget anywhere you can place widgets on your website. Simply navigate to the menu and then drag the RebelMouse Widget into any widgetized area of your WordPress theme.

RebelMouse WordPress Widget Settings

There are a few settings in the widget that allow you to configure it to suit you. One that you will want to pay special attention to is the Height setting. According to the note below it:

leave empty to make RebelMouse widget autoadjustable

This setting appears to imply that the RebelMouse widget will auto-adjust to the height of the page that it is showing on. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, what that setting does it auto-adjust to display more of your RebelMouse stories as you scroll down. If your page is 1200 px high and you scroll to the bottom, the footer will move down and the RebelMouse widget will “grow” to show more stories. You might be better served to set the height of the widget. Then the widget will show a vertical scroll bar that your viewer can use to scroll through your stories.

Use The RebelMouse Shortcode To Embed Your Stream

The RebelMouse stream can be embedded into any post or page on your WordPress website by simply using one of the following shortcodes:

[rebelmouse sitename="rebelmouse"]

[rebelmouse sitename="rebelmouse" h="1500" ]

As you will notice, the arguments for both of the statements echo those in the widget noted above. The first is “sitename” which is your RebelMouse sitename mentioned earlier. The second shortcode defines the height that we discussed earlier. The same warning applies here. Be sure to use the second shortcode and define your height unless you are comfortable with an ever growing website page. I could actually see uses for it when put in a page or post much more than in a sidebar widget. But, I am open to suggestions on how it would be useful to have a growing sidebar widget.

RebelMouse Shortcode WordPress website

What About Page Names?

I’ve mentioned Page Names several times throughout this article. Page names will be important from the moment you sign up for your RebelMouse account. The first page name you will want to grab is your own personal profile. I was in on the first page grab when Rebel Mouse started, so I was able to get my name. However, since RebelMouse has been out for several months, you may have to use your middle initial or middle name to be able to get your personal profile.

Once you have your personal profile, then you will need to reserve names for any Facebook pages that you currently manage. For me, that included all the pages that I managed for clients. Once again, I was fortunate to be in early, so all of my clients pages have an associated RebelMouse page with a name that they like and demonstrates their company.

When I got in to RebelMouse, there was no limit on how many names you could reserve, but some unscrupulous marketers began to grab several hundred names in an evening, so the RebelMouse team has since placed limits on this. I have not seen any official number, but I’ve heard of people being limited to 30 and 50 names. You may achieve different results.

Will It Work On Multi-Site

The answer is “Yes”. However, when you install the plugin from the Network Admin Dashboard, DO NOT Network Activate it. If you do (and it is possible to do), whenever you try to enter your RebelMouse information into the settings screen and click “Save”, you’ll get the dreaded “Cheatin’ Uh” message that tells you absolutely nothing. I spent about two hours trying to troubleshoot that one issue before I coudl write this article. Finally, in a fit of desperation, I Network Deactivated it, and then went to the specific website to reactivate it. I probably should have known better, but I guess the flu I’m fighting has my head a little fuzzy. Regardless, that is one of my suggestions to the developers – note that if used in multi-site not to Network Activate.

Check out RebelMouse, set up your account, and then come back here to tell us what you think. I’m certain others would like to hear your opinion. RebelMouse has plans to roll out some paid services for both personal accounts and business accounts, but the FREE version is a really nice social stream aggregator and I intend to use it for now.

Finally, there is a RebelMouse Lite plugin in the WordPress repository, but when you consider that the full plugin can do everything that the Lite version can – and more – I can’t see a reason to use the Lite version unless you never had the intention of using any of the features of the full version. I learned a long time ago to “Never Say Never”.

Photo Credits
JAMoutinho via photopin cc

Comments (19)

  1. Hey James,

    Thanks so much for the great post! We’re so glad to hear you liked our plugin.

    We love hearing feedback from users so we’ll be watching here and also we’re available for any questions or suggestion at [email protected].

    -Megan
    Director of Community, RebelMouse
    @meganberry / @RebelMouse
    rebelmouse.com/megan

    • Fantastic Mark.

      Hope you find it of value. I’ve been a part of it for so long that I can’t even remember what email you’re referring to so I can’t offer any idea on time frame. Maybe Megan will drop back by and give you an idea. I just remember that the process was easy and simple. Keep us posted about uses that you find for this.

  2. Hi James,

    Great writeup and screenshots; one of the best on-page reviews I’ve seen! I will definitely bookmark this as a reference for our RebelLaunch Blueprint project.

    If you have people who are interested in video tutorials and/or theme designs, we have just put up some cool new stuff over at: http://RebelMouseApp.com

    We’re getting a nice little following in an effort to help people customize and really add to the awesome RebelMouse experience with a custom theme and other helpful tips.

    Of course, I love WP too, so this is quite an exciting development!

    Cheers to you and your readers!

    E.

    • Goodday Eric.

      Nice little cottage industry you’re developing there – I don’t think I’ve seen any competition for you yet. But, I don’t see everything that comes out. Regardless, that’s really slick.

      I signed up for your course and look forward to devouring it once I receive it. Of course, knowing AWeber’s issues the past few weeks, I’ll be lucky to get the link by Valentines Day. (LOL) Seriously, I do look forward to seeing what you’re teaching.

      Yeah, I love all things WordPress – that’s why it’s easy for me to write here. I just write about things I do and how I do them. Hopefully, that’s helpful to others. Wish I had discovered this website when I was starting out.

      • Hey James,

        Thank you for the great note. I love design, but I also like the structure of sites and playing around with the code, so this is quite a fun little adventure.

        As I mentioned, I was working on some videos, I hope that they may be of assistance to your readers. One particularly important add is the RebelMouse WordPress plug-in video 2-1, which addresses the height limitation parameters. It is great that you covered it here and you inspired me to make this point a bit more clear in the videos also!

        They are here if anybody may want to see it in action: http://rebelmouseapp.com/limit-height-with-rebelmouse-wordpress-plug-in/

        Cheers to all! Eric

  3. As I see with your epic bloggers using it for their homepage – this is pretty awesome.

    @megan – it might be an idea to put a “are you sure you want to make this your homepage” disclaimer that tells people what options it changes – I didn’t realise it’d directly switch out my WordPress homepage settings – this will catch out some unknowing people with complex WordPress setups.

    Also would be cool to promote the shortcode a little more, as well as giving people the self made pages :)

    It’s a shame its iframed too – would of been fantastic to use rebel mouse on site with Social Gallery. Still a cool plugin though, great move RebelMouse :)

  4. Nice little cottage industry you’re developing there – I don’t think I’ve seen any competition for you yet. But, I don’t see everything that comes out. Regardless, that’s really slick.we have another plugin which has got some clout also called Design Approval System! Its the only plugin like it! tomatoes for acne

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