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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.

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How to Control the Order of Posts on a Section Page

As an editor, you might want to manually control the order of your posts on any given section page. With our powerful CMS platform, this is as easy as dragging and dropping. Watch how it's done in the following video:

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Try This New Video Preview on Facebook Instant Articles

There's a new function for Facebook Instant Articles that shows a video preview on mobile. The option has been successful for some of our clients at RebelMouse, and we want you to give it a try too!

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How to Thrive in a World Without Ads

Mike Mallazzo, Director of Marketing at Narrativ, recently wrote a post on Medium: "Life After Ads: The recent purchase of TIME should remind publishers of the power a strong brand can wield."

He discusses how some media companies are starting to question their total reliance on digital advertising. With Facebook and Google capturing the majority of revenue in the online advertising space, Mallazzo talks about how some companies are diversifying their revenue streams with models that depend on building loyalty and trust through subscriptions and commerce content in addition to just advertising. He writes:

"Media conglomerates have rediscovered the power of brand equity, offering the most plausible hope for sustainability since the proliferation of the internet."

At RebelMouse, however, we are still seeing digital advertising work. Our clients — such as Dance Magazine — are seeing huge success with digital advertising. But what if you were a media company in a world where traditional digital advertising didn't work at all? What would you do? How would you make money and continue to grow as a company?

The key is loyalty. You can't have a brand without loyalty.

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