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Why RebelMouse Is the Most Secure CMS on the Web
Delivering a secure, high-performing environment with extreme reliability is essential to all of our clients at RebelMouse. We only use industry-leading, reliable approaches to host our infrastructure. This ensures maximum stability and security for all of our clients’ data. Here are just some of the reasons we’re able to maintain a hard-bodied product that’s flexible, too.
Most websites get hacked. RebelMouse has never been hacked.
Inside the Most Secure CMS of 2022
- Why RebelMouse Is More Secure Than WordPress
- WordPress Was Built for a Blogger in Their Pajamas. RebelMouse Is Built for High-Value Websites That Are Stable.
- Stability and Around-the-Clock Support
- Web Application Firewall
- Bug Bounty Program
- A Full List of What Makes RebelMouse the Most Secure CMS
- Publish on the Most Secure CMS on the Web
Why RebelMouse Is More Secure Than WordPress
We’ve spent years building the most secure CMS of 2022. Open-source CMS platforms like WordPress and Drupal mean everyone has access to your code, and that means your website is completely vulnerable.
Think about it: There are millions of instances of WordPress in the world, and every security update and feature upgrade — no matter how big or small — has to be manually performed for each individual site to avoid outright breaking custom code, plugins, and more. This leaves open-source CMS options like WordPress constantly vulnerable to security threats. If you are running a real online business, easily exposed features like plugins are a 2005-era feature that now serve as a major weakness on your site. Security threats created by outdated plugins can put hundreds of thousands of sites at risk, like this breach in 2022 that threatened the safety of 600,000 sites.
WordPress Was Built for a Blogger in Their Pajamas. RebelMouse Is Built for High-Value Websites That Are Stable.
Every time a WordPress security breach is announced, the proper updates have to be made one by one. This is because the only way WordPress core developers can patch significant flaws within their software is to deploy fixes to users in the form of user-installed product updates.
This isn't an issue on RebelMouse. All of our updates are quickly deployed at once to every site we power. We often deploy multiple updates on a daily basis. While many WordPress users count on third-party hosting companies or in-house developers to stay on top of the platform’s updates, RebelMouse users can rest easy knowing that important updates are taken care of immediately.
RebelMouse isn’t a solution for cheap websites. We’re a solution for high-value websites that are high-performing and highly secure. It’s also why we’re able to power some of the fastest sites on the web with superior scores on Google’s Core Web Vitals. Click here to learn more.
Transparency is a priority. The sites in our network subscribe to a status portal that provides up-to-date details on platform performance with real-time updates.
Stability and Around-the-Clock Support
We only use modern and reliable approaches to host our infrastructure for maximum stability. We host our infrastructure in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud because AWS is the most trusted, secure, and reliable infrastructure in the world. We have great relationships with the folks at AWS and utilize the best of their services.
All of our production services are covered with AWS Auto Scaling groups, which means we can sleep at night without worrying that something may go wrong. Our services are self-healing 24/7 as well. And even our stateful services, like databases, are covered with reliable automatic failover and backup solutions.
Since the RebelMouse team spans dozens of countries, we offer 24/7 live support. This means that any vulnerabilities that pop up will never be left unattended. In fact, many updates and patches are deployed across our platform in seconds without any interruption to our site network at all.Click here to learn more about RebelMouse’s infrastructure.
RebelMouse delivers 99.99% uptime with maximum performance, stability, and security.
Web Application Firewall
AWS's Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a firewall that helps protect your web applications (or APIs) against common web exploits that may affect availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives RebelMouse developers control over how traffic reaches our applications by enabling us to create security rules that block common attack patterns, such as SQL injections or cross-site scripting (XSS), and rules that filter out specific traffic patterns we have defined. These rules are regularly updated when new issues emerge as well.
With AWS WAF, we're making sure that all of our sites are covered against some of the most common attacks, as defined by The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). The project is an online community that creates freely available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security.
Click here to learn more about WAF.
Bug Bounty Program
To strengthen our commitment to security, RebelMouse offers a bug bounty program. If you believe you've found a security issue on our site, or any of the sites we power, we may compensate you for your discovery. We look at all submitted reports, and if we agree that it's a valid finding, we'll pay $250 for each one.
Click here for more information about what qualifies as a security vulnerability and how to report a bug.
A Full List of What Makes RebelMouse the Most Secure CMS
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- RebelMouse uses the following services that are compliant with SOC 1, 2, and 3:
- API Gateway
- DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility)
- EC2 Container Registry (ECR)
- Elastic Compute Cloud
- Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes
- Elastic File System
- Key Management Service
- Relational Database Service
- Route 53
- Simple Email Service
- Simple Notification Service
- Simple Queue Service
- Simple Storage Service
- RebelMouse uses the following AWS security, identity, and compliance services:
- Identity and Access Management
- AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) (for access control of users)
- Threat Detection and Continuous Monitoring
- Infrastructure Protection
- Data Protection
- Compliance and Data Privacy
- AWS Artifact (for access to compliance reports)
- Identity and Access Management
Fastly’s CDN is certified under the Swiss-US framework. We use the following Fastly services:
Click here to learn more about our Fastly recovery plan.
- We use 1Password to manage all logins across the company.
- Two-factor authentication through major third party applications, including Google.
Publish on the Most Secure CMS on the Web
A lot of publishers may think uncertainty in the digital space means it’s time to double down on in-house developers to create a site experience that stands out against the noise. But it's actually the opposite: It’s time to invest in an external team that creates and manages tech for you, so you can instead focus on creating content that resonates with new and existing audiences.
Our infrastructure summary may come across as Greek to you, but that’s all right. Let’s create something together that isn’t just powered by next-level strategies, but also innovative and stable technology. Your content will be both protected and optimized for long-term growth.
Request a proposal today and let’s start working together.
Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.
In the spring of 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results, known as the page experience update. Fast forward to more than a year later in August 2021 when, after much anticipation, Google's page experience update became official.
Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.
HTTP Archive, a tracking platform that crawls the web to identify trends and record historical patterns, has revealed how top content management systems (CMS) have weathered the page experience update through the creation of its Core Web Vitals Technology Report. RebelMouse consistently outperforms major CMS platforms on Google's most critical metrics since its rollout and into January 2022:
Luckily, performing well on Core Web Vitals is possible with thoughtful, strategic changes to your site’s codebase. Here's what you need to know and how we can help.
Google’s benchmarks for Core Web Vitals.
Your Guide to Conquering Core Web Vitals in 2022
Understanding Core Web Vitals
First, it’s important to understand the metrics that make up Google’s Core Web Vitals:
- Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): A website's LCP is the time it takes to load the main content on a page. Google wants LCP to happen within 2.5 seconds of when a page first starts loading.
- First Input Delay (FID): FID quantifies a user's experience when trying to interact with unresponsive pages. This usually occurs between First Meaningful Paint (FMP) and Time to Interactive (TTI) (more on what these two mean can be found below). You want your FID score to be low to prove the usability of your site. According to Google, pages should have an FID of less than 100 milliseconds.
- Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): CLS determines how often your users experience unexpected layout shifts or changes on a page. To ensure visual stability, you want your CLS score to be low. Google wants pages to maintain a CLS score of less than 0.1.
The other existing search signals are:
- Mobile Friendliness: Follow Google's mobile-friendly guidelines to find out if your site meets its mobile experience standards.
- Safe Browsing: Google's Safe Browsing is a service where you can test your site's URLs for malware and suspicious activity.
- HTTPS Security: This determines if your site uses an HTTPS connection by default, which helps ensure site security.
- Intrusive Interstitial Guidelines: These guidelines determine if a site is mobile-friendly enough to appear in mobile search results. Note that any content that follows Google News’s content policies will be eligible to appear in Google News's Top Stories on mobile.
Together, all of these metrics determine Google's new page experience signals.
Google says it will always consider informative, quality content as its number one search signal. However, if two websites both have quality content, but one site has better Core Web Vitals, the site with a better page experience will always outrank any site that isn’t optimized for performance.
"By adding page experience to the hundreds of signals that Google considers when ranking search results, we aim to help people more easily access the information and web pages they’re looking for, and support site owners in providing an experience users enjoy.” —From Google’s original page experience announcement in May 2020.
Click here to learn more about what it takes to improve your site’s Core Web Vitals.
How to Measure Your Site’s Page Speed
RebelMouse’s performance score on Google’s PageSpeed Insights test.
Having a quick load time and passing Core Web Vitals are important factors in Google Search’s ranking and results. But there are multiple ways of testing your speed and vitals, and it can get very confusing to try and understand the results since different measuring tools can result in different scores.
There are generally three ways to get your site's performance measurements:
- Use Google's PageSpeed Insights tool
- Use Google Lighthouse's scoring from within developers tools in Chrome
- Examine your Page Experience and Core Web Vitals in Google Search Console
Each of those three methods can give you important details on how your site is performing, but their results are derived using different methodologies.
Click here to learn more about how to accurately determine your site’s performance.
Why Page Speed Matters More Than Ever
We practice what we preach. This is RebelMouse.com’s Core Web Vitals audit from Google’s PageSpeed Insights.
The saying "Content is King" is still true in today's publishing landscape, but there's no kingdom without high-performing sites. While page speed may have begun as a luxury for savvy webmasters and lucky readers, it's now a make-or-break component that deeply impacts a site's longevity in a highly competitive and global space.
A high-performance site is so critical in today's digital ecosystem that a poor-loading site could be a fatal blow to any publisher or brand. Here are just a few ways poor page speed can impact your site’s bottom line.
Mobile Page Speed Impacts Overall SEO Ranking: Mobile devices account for more than 50% of web traffic. If a site's mobile page speed is slow, this means half of the users trying to access the site are not only suffering a poor experience, but they're likely abandoning the site visit completely. This puts the site in danger of losing positions in its Google Search rankings.
Poor Page Speed Makes Ads More Expensive: Much like with SEO, if your page performance is slow and prompting lost site visits, the ads being served on your site will receive lower impressions. Lower impressions mean the ads are more expensive to deliver, which costs revenue and users in a matter of seconds.
Poor Page Speed Tanks Usability and Loyalty: The health of your site will always be dependent on the experience you deliver to your readers. Usability is the core reason why Google decided to prioritize page speed. Slow load times are a sure-fire way to give your readers a reason to abandon your content. To make matters worse, thanks to the massive amount of content being created every day, users have plenty of other options to choose from and may be wary of clicking a link or CTA associated with your site in the future.
Secure Your Site’s Future
The RebelMouse platform evolves alongside Google’s algorithm, and our team of growth experts spans all time zones to ensure our sites are optimized for page experience with every new article.
To do this correctly, it takes a lot of optimization to perfect every moment of your site’s load time. We’ve mastered Core Web Vitals already, and our performance scores are drastically outperforming every other CMS on the market.
Our jaw-dropping page speeds have allowed us to power the fastest sites on the web. We’ve done this through a simplified version of code that still allows for ads, videos, and third-party applications to load quickly.
Now that you’re up to speed (pun intended) on how Google measures and scrutinizes site experience, let's take a look at some of the benefits RebelMouse-powered clients enjoy as a result of their excellent performance scores:
Here’s how those scores compare to traditional CMS solutions that don’t prioritize page performance:
It’s Easier to Re-Platform Than Rebuild Your Website
Currently, publishers are trying to build optimized websites that translate easily across devices and platforms, but are failing to also deliver an experience that checks all their boxes and prioritizes their readers. It takes less than a second of delayed load time to turn away a user.
If you are publishing to a site with poor performance, it’s going to take a mammoth effort to overhaul your site’s entire architecture so that it scores high against Google’s Core Web Vitals. In most cases, it’s simply easier and more cost-effective to move your data to a platform that is already high performing with page speed woven into the foundation of its technology versus reinventing the wheel on your own.
At RebelMouse, performance is a pillar of our company’s culture. We’ve taken site performance seriously for years, and have leveraged them to ensure our sites are constantly high performing. It's why we outperform some of the biggest sites on the web. And like with any pillar of a company's culture, optimizing for high performance is never a one-time effort. Our engineers have been crafting and tuning our platform to address these new standards long before they surfaced.
If you want to publish alongside the speed of the web, request a proposal today and let’s start working together.
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High-performance search is critical to every publisher’s bottom line, especially since search engine optimization (SEO) can dramatically impact content discovery and revenue. With over 90 percent of global traffic coming from Google, and SEO ROI that can reach more than 12.2 times the average marketing spend, mastering your search strategy has never been more important. But as users become more selective and Google’s crawler becomes more complex, the nuances of a successful search strategy are becoming harder for publishers and brands to wrap their head around.
Search is a difficult market to tap into. A study from Ahrefs found that around 90 percent of pages on the internet receive zero organic traffic from Google. At RebelMouse, we keep track of all of the important elements that make for a winning search strategy so that our clients can focus on creating content that resonates with their readers. Here are some tips we provide to the publishers on our platform to help them get the most out of search traffic.
SEO Quick Checklist: Mark off These Critical Steps for Search Success
Use Your Search Phrase Early and Often
Each piece of content you create should have a targeted search phrase or set of keywords you want to win. Google’s crawler looks for this phrase in your post’s URL, headline, article body, and even social shares. It’s most important to place your keywords early on in your URL, headline, first paragraph, and image tags. If you can’t get the key terms in your headline, try to put them in all of the other areas listed above.
RebelMouse enables you to easily create a separate headline and description for SEO whenever you prefer. Click here to learn more.
Your Click-Through Rate (CTR) Matters
If you are showing up on a search engine results page (SERP) and have a low CTR, your ranking could drop. Make sure your headlines and subheadlines are enticing enough to get people to click through to your site. Also, keep in mind that Google’s algorithm favors content that solves problems and answers questions. It’s important to provide clear, concise information to adequately support your desired keywords, but don’t go overboard. You don’t want users to have a hard time navigating your content to find their answer.
Backlinks are simply links within your content that link to another website to support your post’s ideas. Backlinks are key for SEO, so embedding lots of them in your article will help you rank for specific terms.
On RebelMouse, we offer an easy way to add backlinks to every post through our Around the Web (ATW) feature. Both for recirculation purposes and SEO purposes, it’s crucial to link to related stories on your own site and other sites with high domain authority.
It’s also a good idea to include internal links in your content. If you can, writing multiple articles on the same topic and then linking them back to a key content hub (or pillar post) is a great way to get ahead. After looking at our clients’ data, we found that articles with both ATW recirculation and link outs saw a 372% increase in users to content, while using either recirculation or link outs resulted in an approximate 100% increase. Click here to learn more.
Use Alt Text on Every Image
Adding alt text happens seamlessly alongside the image upload function on RebelMouse.
Alt text is a critical element to add to images since it provides a description of the image for screen readers to help bring a site to life for people who are visually impaired. It's also helpful for SEO and landing in Google Images’ search results because it helps Google understand what the image is. Click here to learn more.
Add Text Writeups to Your Interactive Content
Media elements, such as slideshows, interactives, and videos, need text writeups for both social media and SEO. These are descriptions of the media content that should be brief. In fact, it’s best to keep them to about 300 words or less. And when possible, it’s always great to add the transcript of a video or podcast for SEO and accessibility, and to increase time on site.
Using inquisitive language that includes “why” and “how” will also do very well since people love to search for things in the form of questions. For example, not “What time is the Super Bowl?” but “Does Iowa have a caucus?” This will help you identify the search patterns of users who are interested in your search phrase. By tailoring your content to those patterns, it's likely that your post will move up in Google Search’s rankings.
It can also help you land in Google’s “People Also Ask” module:
Click here to learn more about this strategy.
Make Sure Your Content Is Long Form
Longer, original content ranks higher than shorter, aggregated content. Thorough and reliable posts are the foundation of good SEO.
Add Subsections to Your Post
Adding subsections to your posts by using <h2> and <h3> header tags are a great way to reinforce your use of key terms, as well as make posts easier to read and more accessible. Click here to read about how we make this an intuitive part of your content workflow on RebelMouse.
Here’s a list of free SEO tools that you can use to make sure your content is set up for success.
- Keywords Everywhere: This is a browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox that shows keyword metrics like search volume, CPC, and competition on multiple websites.
- WordStream’s Free Keyword Tool: This tool allows you to research the competition level of your desired search phrases.
- AnswerThePublic: You can use this tool to see related questions being searched for about any topic.
- Google Trends: This is a great resource to compare the traffic for sets of keywords, even across geographic regions.
- Moz: Use this tool to see how competitive your keyword is.
- Google Search Console: This is an important resource that will show you which keywords your pages rank for, and which posts should be updated to capitalize on that traffic.
- Glimpse: This tool provides enhanced insights on the data you get from Google Trends.
How to Optimize Your Website for Search
This is just a quick list of SEO tips to help increase the chances of your content ranking well in SERPs. The complexity of Google’s crawler takes a lot of support from the right technology and people in order to have a search strategy that drives consistent, high-quality traffic.
RebelMouse features an SEO toolset that guides writers and editors to think critically about the right search phrase behind every story. It also empowers users to focus on small but meaningful modifications that are designed to improve organic search performance. Coupled with our relentless commitment to high-performance tech, our clients easily build meaningful loyalty and engagement with their audiences.
Click here to learn more about how we build and optimize websites for search.
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Here’s what you need to know about Google’s latest update
In case you missed it, Google released a new algorithm update in March 2022 that focused on product reviews and their rankings in search returns. Officially called the March 2022 Product Reviews Update, Google began rolling out the changes on March 23, 2022, and said that the update would take about three weeks to complete.
Some site owners experienced peak volatility around their search traffic on March 31, but Barry Schwartz at SEO Roundtable noticed some late-stage volatility a week later. He wasn’t alone either:
Seeing late volatility with some sites impacted by the March 2022 Product Reviews Update. Most of that movement is in the same direction (surges continuing or drops dropping more). Maybe the tail end of the PRU... Stay tuned.pic.twitter.com/9PmpUQB0co— Glenn Gabe (@Glenn Gabe) 1649245657
While it’s not completely clear that these traffic fluctuations are related to the March 2022 Product Reviews Update, it’s likely that they are. Regardless, if you host a site that features product reviews, it’s a good time to make sure you’re up to speed on Google’s latest changes. This is actually Google’s third version of its Product Reviews Update. There were two previous updates in April 2021 and December 2021.
According to Google, the March 2022 version of the update “builds on that work to enhance our ability to identify high quality product reviews. This will make it easier for us to get sound purchasing advice in front of users, and to reward creators who are earnest in being helpful.”
If that seems vague, it’s because Google’s updates are notoriously foggy on the details. However, Google does suggest following its best practices for product reviews to make sure your site is ready for the latest update.
Aside from making sure that your site hosts quality reviews that meet Google’s standards, it’s also important that ratings and reviews for product pages are populated with structured data. When developed correctly, structured data can be a powerful way to provide more information to Google about your product pages, which improves your search rankings in return.
For example, we successfully marked up the product review pages for RebelMouse-powered Premier Guitar. Soon after, their articles were ranking at the top of Google's organic search results:
Click here to learn more about our structured data for reviews and ratings.
Stay on Top of Google’s Latest Updates With RebelMouse
RebelMouse is a publishing platform with built-in, proprietary search technology that makes it easy for each piece of content to rank quickly and prominently on search engine results pages. We stay on top of Google’s latest updates so that you can focus on creating quality, SEO-friendly content that drives the level of traffic your site deserves.
Click here to start chatting with us about how we can help transform your business.