Why Managed Hosting Is a Waste of Money

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.

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How Axios Built on RebelMouse

The Axios founding team is composed of the industry veterans who built Politico and shaped The New York Times. They had a vision for building a next-generation media site that would not only win in the world of social, but would also build real loyalty and a subscriber base.

Industry: News Media
Headquarters: Washington, DC
Website: Axios.com

Axios is a new media company delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating, and shareable ways possible. They offer a mix of original and smartly narrated coverage of media trends, tech, business, and politics with expertise, voice, and smart brevity — on a new and innovative mobile platform.



With some of the best writers in the world, Axios knew that, to be successful, they would need to provide next-generation authoring tools as well as a next-generation front-end experience for their readers.

Project Requirements:

  • Get to launch quickly while still having tremendous depth in technology
  • Build a next-generation media property
  • Empower editors with technology for breaking news
  • Build a CMS that manages and elegantly assembles content into articles
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Build and Create Communities with Facebook’s Latest Updates

New Facebook product updates and algorithm changes pop up just about every week, and we don't expect our clients to scour the internet looking for every last one. Which is why we do our best to keep you up to date with every important platform initiative.

To avoid compromising reach and engagement, it's important to understand Facebook's recent updates and how you can incorporate them into your social strategy. Within the last couple of months, Facebook released a few key updates to better suit groups, content creators, and monetization practices.

Here are some to be aware of:

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LATEST: Product Updates Make Sharing a Breeze

There are two things we love at RebelMouse: upgrades and social sharing. Our CMS remains intuitive through our upgrades, mainly because we are constantly making small tweaks to improve our clients' workflow. Our latest round of product updates now set up your content for even more social success — keeping the almighty share top of mind.

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Publish on Google News in 3 Steps

We're obsessed with getting your content to its maximum audience, and that means it should travel across platforms seamlessly. Google News is a great way for news publishers to engage new followers. Google has a number of guidelines that cover how to get everything right, so let's go through those first.

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NEW! Edit Media Tool for Post Images

It's no secret that imagery is critical to creating a compelling post. A captivating visual is what really helps drive shares and engagement on social. That's why we're constantly updating and creating new tools that enable you to create the perfect image-centric post. Meet the new Edit Media tool.

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How to Launch a New Site Before the New Year

Do your New Year's resolutions include launching a website? If so, don't wait until 2018 to get the ball rolling. RebelMouse can design and launch a new site for you before the New Year, so you can focus on goals like growing brand recognition and loyalty instead. Already have a site? No worries — we can migrate your content and optimize your site design in no time, too.

Clients that have launched with RebelMouse are seeing revenue-impacting results, and they're getting them fast. Azula saw a 298% growth in Facebook traffic, Odyssey's new users have increased by 25% in just one month post launch, and Axios is creating loyalty unheard of in the media world right now. This isn't by luck. Our team of growth experts understand what goes into creating a successful website, and are able to create a mix of design, user experience, and branding that will capture your maximum audience.

This can all be done in four quick and easy steps:

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How We Do Website Redesigns

Did you know that we offer website redesign services that don't require you to re-platform to RebelMouse? We understand the word "redesign" can seem a bit daunting, but a high-quality, well-functioning site is of paramount importance to your social traffic and success. Facebook announced earlier this year that they would kill reach to posts that link to low-quality, spammy sites — and any site containing a video ad is now considered Facebook enemy No. 1.

Let us help.

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Building the Biggest New Media Properties of Our Times

RebelMouse has a unique and ever-growing advantage through the mix of technology we've built, the amount of sites we power, and the relationships we have with our clients. We built off the founding team's knowledge — from their experience of building HuffPost — to create something truly exciting. Two of the most exciting new media breakout hits — The Dodo and Axios — were built by RebelMouse when they were just ideas. The Dodo now has their claim to fame with one of the most popular videos on Facebook ever, and every month brings in billions of Facebook views. Axios, launched only in January of this year, has become a traffic monster — racking up 80M+ page views a month. Now we've taken on Odyssey Online, and have grown it by 4M new users in the first 45 days alone.

We're not just a technology company, and we're not just a design agency either. We don't only do strategy work by offering advice. We build alongside you — the concepts, ideas, and cultures that can break out to be huge media hits.

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