Why Managed Hosting Is a Waste of Money

You're shelling out too much to fund your WordPress site

If you want to ride in style when you buy a car, you have to pay for it via upgrades. These could be anything from an unnecessary but nice-to-have add-on like a leather interior, or it can be something that impacts safety, like a backup camera. Paying extra for these add-on options can be costly, but sometimes it's about more than just a luxurious ride. It's about top performance.


That's pretty much how WordPress works. It's the biggest CMS out there with 87M+ sites worldwide, but it's decentralized — which means you have to pay more to have the best (and safest) version of your site. Simply buying WordPress is like buying a stripped-down car with no extra features. It's a model that is not only super insecure, but in order for it to work at a larger scale, it requires managed hosting.

If you're currently using managed hosting, you are paying for a team of WordPress super users to take care of your WordPress site so you don't have to. Hosting companies like WordPress VIP, Pagely, and WP Engine will perform a variety of services like daily backups, site security checks, and ensuring your site is loading quickly and at scale.

RebelMouse does all the work of third-party hosting — for one price.

Think about it: You have to pay a third party just to make sure your site is secure, updated, and performing at its best. This is where the decentralized model begins to fall apart, especially for larger scale web properties. Depending on how large your site is, it's a costly endeavor. Pagely's most expensive offering is listed at $20,000 — a month.

But what if you buy a car that already comes with all of the fun and safe add-ons for the same price? That's what we love about our product. RebelMouse is a centralized CMS, so all of those must-have features aren't upgrades — they just come with our publishing platform.

Many of the perks you get with managed hosting, like constant upgrades and fast load times, happen behind the scenes with RebelMouse. We deploy multiple updates to our sites every day, all at once. So you can focus on creating content that fuels viral growth with every publish.

It's why enterprise new media companies like Axios + EcoWatch, as well as legacy brands like United + Dance Magazine, trust us to host and manage their site all at once.

Why RebelMouse Is the Best Content Marketing Platform

RebelMouse is a unique platform and company. The company was founded on the vision that media companies would need an always-modern solution to thrive in the new connected internet, and that brands would have to behave like new media companies and use the same platforms.

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Why Premium Creative Agencies and CTOs Choose to Develop on RebelMouse vs. WordPress and Drupal

The Intersection of Design and Development: Where Your Clients Thrive

We started RebelMouse seven years ago knowing that there was a fundamental design flaw in the world of traditional CMSs: Every instance, on every platform, had to be updated independently. It's similar to an era when users had to manage their own Microsoft Exchange Server for email. The costs of managing, maintaining, and iterating on a CMS to keep it awesome and world class is typically a $10 million-a-year endeavor. But even then, these cost-prohibitive CMSs are still behind the times.

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Native Multivariate Testing at Scale With RebelMouse

What Differentiates Our Approach

There are many popular tools that allow you to perform experiments and A/B tests on your users — primarily Google Chrome Experiments and Optimizely. But all of these solutions are JavaScript additions to your web page that sidestep the problem of old, outdated, and clumsy CMSs. These solutions work by calling on a third-party JavaScript library that rewrites a page after it's rendered. This approach adds extra page weight and creates strange user experiences due to having to wait for everything to load and be rewritten on the fly.

At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.

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Modern E-Commerce: Blur the Line Between Content and Design

Create Modular + Reusable Design Patterns on RebelMouse

Content saturation is an industry-wide problem, and the e-commerce space is no exception given that it's filled with big brands, small Etsy stores, and everyone in between all fighting for similar audiences. The best way to fight this symptom is to understand your audience and provide them with what they want.

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Instagram-style E-commerce Features on RebelMouse

Revolutionizing E-commerce on RebelMouse

Whether you're a brand with a blog or a media company with a site, driving purchasing behavior and building an audience that uses your content to find things they love to buy is vital. We're very proud to have built out the same functionality that everyone is now used to on Instagram, with layovers on images that lead to products with attribution.

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Building Premium Communities and User Journeys on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is much more than just a replacement for a traditional CMS. Our platform is a tremendous community-building experience. Today's social ecosystem has given us a seemingly limitless number of premium creators who understand how to create gorgeous and relevant content that drives the growth of their own audiences. These creators and influencers are either experts in certain topics, or heavily engaged in targeted content that drives their interests. They're not only consuming the content they're passionate about, but they're contributing to the conversation, too. The new role of the editor is not just to cover the most important topics and people around their expertise, but also to invite those preferred influencers into their community and get them to participate in creating premium content.

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Dynamic Voting: Grow Traffic and Engagement Organically

Help your audience find its voice.

Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but play a role in the creation, promotion, and conversations surrounding it.

Since the start of RebelMouse, we've been on a journey to create dynamic media that is easier for content creators to curate and amplify on social. It's why we've built an online engagement platform centered around the power of communities that thrive naturally in the digital ecosystem.

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How to Monetize Your Website in Today’s Publishing Environment

In order to define distributive publishing, we have to ask the following question: If you have quality content, but nobody sees it, does it even exist? The answer is no, because your content needs to be supported in a way that lets it move seamlessly across all channels, especially site, search, and social. But let's take this question a step further: If you can't monetize your content to generate the support it needs, how do you create quality content in the first place?

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Pro Tip: Too Many B Tests? Use Shared Elements for Better Organization

The RebelMouse platform offers unique multivariate testing that makes creating B tests for page layouts easy. However, sometimes having too many B tests can be hard for developers to organize and manage. If this is a problem on your site, you'll want to consider testing components of your site using shared elements. This helps your site's design workflow in a few ways:

  • Developers can work on different post layouts at the same time.
  • If you only want to process one B test, our servers will load all of them at the same time. Using shared elements prevents this from happening.
  • Our servers do not run shared elements if the conditional is set to false.
  • Post and Section pages will become more organized in Layout & Design Tool.
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RebelMouse: The Healthcare CMS

RebelMouse is an industry-leading healthcare CMS that provides all the tools needed to create, maintain, publish, and distribute content on the web. Our platform has proven success with many healthcare-based sites. Indeed, the stats we have seen with these sites are nothing short of remarkable.

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Google News Initiative Creates COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Fund

The Google News Initiative launched a new fund to battle misformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Fund is open to publishers all over the globe who reach audiences that are underserved by fact checking or targeted by misinformation.

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