Alert: More Than Half of All WordPress Sites Will Be in Danger This December

In December 2018, a scripting language responsible for 57% of WordPress sites will no longer receive updates, including security patches, themes, and plugins. The end-of-life cycle for PHP 5.6 and 7.0 could mean a major security threat for WordPress sites using the language, and could dramatically decrease their rankings on Google. Security updates and patches for certain versions of PHP will cease even earlier, meaning thousands of sites could be vulnerable to hacks and data breaches before the new year.


Security loopholes on WordPress are common, and data breaches do happen. In November 2018, the widely used General Data Regulation Protection (GDPR) Compliance plugin was hacked, putting even more sites at risk. The hack automatically created administrator accounts on WordPress sites, presumably to create "backdoor" codes to gain unrestricted access to data. Breaches like this happen often because WordPress operates using a decentralized CMS model.

Why Security Threats Happen on a Decentralized CMS

Since its launch in 2003, WordPress has released over 200 product updates, many of them to address security vulnerabilities. Since WordPress is a decentralized CMS, every update has to be deployed to each individual site. This means every instance of WordPress on the web — and there are more than 87 million of them — has to be updated one by one. It's why many WordPress customers use costly managed hosting to make sure their site is up to date with 24-hour monitoring.

If a site does not have third-party hosting, it's up to the managing developers of each site to deploy and configure around these pivotal updates to avoid breaking custom code and plugins. This can be problematic for smaller teams that have one-to-two developers at most, and who cannot monitor a site 24/7, 365 days a year.

Why It Doesn't Happen on RebelMouse, a Centralized CMS

RebelMouse is a centralized CMS, so all of our updates are deployed to every site in our network at once. Many times, our clients don't even know they're happening. Our coverage spans across time zones so your data is never vulnerable. And not only do we ensure every site we host is operating safely, but we also make sure each is optimized for peak performance.

But this doesn't mean that our platform is closed off to industry advances in infrastructure. We use the languages of the open web, and any developer can easily learn our platform to create high-quality work without relying on unstable and fragmented WordPress plugins and updates.

Safety is just one of the major reasons it's worthwhile to upgrade your technology from WordPress to RebelMouse. Here are five more enticing truths about why you should be using our enterprise-level platform. And even if a replatform is not on your current roadmap for 2019, we can still optimize your site for data protection, site speed, monetization, and more through our creative agency branch. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

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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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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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Google Opens up Its Question Hub to U.S. Publishers

There's no denying that the digital world suffers from an overwhelming amount of content, but there are still plenty of unanswered queries out there just waiting to be answered.

That's why Google created Question Hub. Previously only available in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria, the search engine recently opened up the hub to U.S.-based publishers. Question Hub collects unanswered questions from its search engine and makes the data available to content creators to help fill in the gaps.

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RebelMouse’s upLynk Video Integration

RebelMouse has partnered with Verizon Media on a new video integration. Verizon has a streaming platform called upLynk which THEOplayer uses as part of its video playback offering. THEOplayer allows users to play videos in different formats by integrating with different partners.

On RebelMouse, you can now search through upLynk's library for videos to feature on your site.

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Inside the Regions Dashboard

You can define different regions and languages on your site by using our Regions Dashboard. To access the dashboard, append the following to your site's URL.

r/dashboard/regions

The Regions Dashboard will look like this:

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How to Find an Image’s Original File Format

RebelMouse automatically converts images to Google's WebP format to optimize your media for site performance. If you need to convert an image back to its default file format, you can use a service like JWT.io.

To do so, first locate your image's current URL. Here's an example:

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RebelMouse + PostUp: A Guide to Our Email Integration

Email marketing is an effective way to reach your most loyal readers through a familiar medium. It's also a marketing trend that's gaining in popularity. In just the past 12 months, 78% of marketers have seen an increase in email engagement.

At RebelMouse, we want to make sure that email campaigns are a seamless part of your content workflow. This is why we offer easy-to-use email integrations, including PostUp. PostUp is an enterprise email solution for publishers that you can read more about here.

Here's how our integration with PostUp works.

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RebelMouse + Pushnami: Increase Audience Loyalty With Traffic-Building Push Notifications

In today's competitive digital environment, acquiring customers is half the battle. In a world full of options, customer retention and repeat engagement is worth its weight in gold. It's estimated that just a 2% increase in customer retention is the same to profits as cutting costs by 10%.

RebelMouse is an enterprise-grade CMS platform that's dedicated to empowering editorial teams to build an on-site experience that's designed to retain audiences. Building loyalty means taking control of the distribution of content, and this means reaching readers wherever they are — even if it's on another site!

That's why RebelMouse is proud to offer an intuitive out-of-the-box integration with Pushnami within the RebelMouse experience. Our partnership has made it easy for publishers to leverage Pushnami's modern push notifications to secure new audiences and create repeat engagement with established followers.

Why Do Push Notifications Matter?

Push notifications increase website traffic because users are able to opt in to your messaging with one click — no email address required. Once a user opts in to your site's push notifications, they will begin to receive push notifications whenever their browser is open, encouraging them to return to your site.

Studies show that push notifications can increase conversions up to 30% more than other marketing channels. That's because push notifications let you target users that have already expressed interest in your site, which beats using a blind audience list for a display or search campaign. Knowing who your target audience is also allows you to craft the right messaging to get their attention, which results in a precise approach that cultivates more web traffic, more conversions, and, ultimately, more revenue.

What Is Pushnami?

Pushnami is the second largest push notification platform in the world, and is used by more than 20,000 sites all over the globe to deliver over 20 billion notifications per month.

Sites can grow their owned marketable database, tap into new monetization channels like a curated ad feed and push ad network, and scale their results by utilizing built-in machine learning models and campaign automations.

In fact, some Pushnami users experience a 30% increase in conversion rates and a 24% increase in traffic overall.

How Do Pushnami and RebelMouse Work Together?

Users can send Pushnami push notifications from RebelMouse's editorial interface. It just takes one tick of a checkbox to set up a push notification for an article, and another tick to send a second notification. This makes it easy for creators to incorporate Pushnami into a publishing workflow without ever having to leave our Entry Editor.

Where Can I Learn More?

If you're not publishing on RebelMouse and want to learn more about our next-generation publishing platform, click here. We'll be sure to walk you through the details of our Pushnami integration and other ways to grow your audience. To learn more about Pushnami, click here.

Live Events on RebelMouse

The unprecedented pandemic in 2020 turned the world of event marketing upside down. All over the world, if a scheduled in-person event wasn't cancelled, it was transformed into a digital experience. The trend isn't expected to fizzle after COVID-19 is contained, either. Data from Bizzabo found that 93% of event marketers plan to invest in more virtual events moving forward.

On RebelMouse, users can create scheduled events for live streaming. GZERO Media, powered by RebelMouse, made the most of our supported distribution platforms to host their virtual town hall "Reasons for Hope."

Here's a look at how events can be created on RebelMouse.

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