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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RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there was a huge gap between what the current CMS offering gave the world and what the world needed. Five years later we are at scale, moving the needle and doing to WordPress what Airbnb did to Craigslist.

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How One Country Turned a Fan Following into a Monetization Powerhouse

Country isn't a zip code. Country is a state of mind. That's the core strategy behind One Country — a new media company dedicated to celebrating country music culture through not just music, but fashion, food, and lifestyle.

One Country was originally on WordPress before switching to RebelMouse. But after enjoying publishing on the RebelMouse platform for several years, their ownership changed and One Country's future became uncertain. Everyone — including RebelMouse founder Paul Berry, who served on One Country's advisory board at the time — knew One Country was a powerful asset with the potential to turn a loyal following into real revenue.

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PSA: You Could Lose Access to Instant Articles Monetization

Facebook recently updated their Monetization Eligibility Standards, and is now cutting access to monetization features for Instant Articles on Pages that are currently violating the new guidelines.

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NEW: Organize Your Content For Max Success

We're obsessed with optimizing your content for maximum performance both on site and on social. We've added two new features to the RebelMouse platform to help supercharge your audience.

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Your Website Roadmap Is Outdated: Why You Need the RebelMouse Compass

Technology continues to accelerate the way we consume + interact with media. And while media companies are looking for a way to keep up with the times, they're following a roadmap that ultimately leads them nowhere. They're caught in a hamster wheel chasing these ever-changing trends.

What works within the social sphere changes constantly, not to mention fast. We've seen it with the recent big push to video, mobile's domination, paid subscription models, etc. But trends are fickle, and with the constant algorithm updates, platforms steal most of the spotlight — taking focus away from vital audience building and monetization on sites.

RebelMouse was built in the age of social, so we are well equipped to handle these disruptions. Our clients are seeing crazy results amidst the changing social landscape because we've mastered the right mix of strategy + tech to propel them into the future.

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Are You Doing Enough to Monetize Your Website’s Content?

We live in the age of social where Facebook and Google dominate online ads, search, and traffic. If your corporate blog is stuck on an old paradigm, you're being left in the dust. But if your site generates ample traffic and has a loyal audience, your content is valuable and monetizable.

In today's digital world, content consumption and $$$ opportunity goes beyond the website. The question is, are you doing enough to monetize your website everywhere audiences are discovering your content? Here are some things to keep in mind:
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Increase Website Traffic and Performance with RebelMouse

We are the #1 WordPress VIP alternative. RebelMouse was built in the age of social, to keep up with the speed of the tech giants. Unlike WordPress and other custom CMS solutions, RebelMouse is a centralized, social platform that propels clients into the future. Our clients are seeing amazing success when they switch from WordPress to RebelMouse. The stats speak for themselves.

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Why We're Immune to Facebook's Pendulum

Our obsession over methodical traffic and how/why things go viral has allowed our clients to see a constant increase in reach on Facebook. Within the past five months, many publishers have been experiencing another decline in Facebook reach. In fact, reach is down as much as 42% so far this year. It's a trend that persists despite the rise of content championing polarizing stories and social-friendly videos. At RebelMouse, our clients continue to see their Facebook reach increase. We look at changes in the media landscape and platform updates as a challenge and an opportunity.

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