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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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How to Add a Donate Button

Users can give easily with our PayPal integration

At RebelMouse, we recognize that some clients may want to add the ability for users to donate via a platform like PayPal to their site. Luckily, adding a donation module using our Layout & Design Tool is simple. This article is a step-by-step guide.

The first step is to sign into the PayPal account you want to use to receive donations.

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New Post Element Functionality

Understand how the new Post element works in our Layout & Design Tool

At RebelMouse, we are constantly improving our Layout & Design Tool and streamlining its functionalities. Recently, we deprecated the Post Content element which used to allow you to add, for example, a Post Body element. Now, we have simplified the process, and expanded the functionality of the Post element to include contents such as Post Body.

To use the new Post element, select Current Post as your Content Source under the element. Now, in the Element Order selection box, you will find a list of Post Content elements that you can choose to display.

Here is a screencast that shows how it's done:

How to Add Post Content Using the Post Element

  • Add a Post element
  • Under Content Source, choose Current Post
  • Under Element Order, choose the Post Content element(s) to display

As a note, if you want to display Post Body content, be sure to select Hide Image. Otherwise, the lead media will display when you are most likely only looking to display the Post Body by itself.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Custom YouTube Hashtag and Channel Playlists

Design your own video strategy with custom playlists

At RebelMouse, we have the ability to implement almost any idea thanks to the power of our Layout & Design Tool. One use case is the ability to easily create custom YouTube playlists based on hashtags.

For example, if your company uses the #OurCompany hashtag, you could create a custom YouTube playlist on your website that pulls in content from that stream. You can also customize the playlist so that it only pulls in videos from a certain YouTube channel, or from a single channel without a hashtag:

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Conquer Your Crawl: Feed the Googlebot With Structured Data

Set up success on search with a detailed web schema

Since search took over Facebook as the top referral of web traffic a few years ago, the growth of Google hasn't let up. It's estimated organic and paid search accounts for 68% of all trackable website traffic, and, perhaps even more noteworthy, 53% of that traffic is fueled by organic search.

The revival of search has brought with it a maturation of what makes for a solid search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. The algorithm is now savvy about robotically written articles designed to win a specific set of keywords. As Google's search engine has gotten smarter, its web crawler software, casually called the "Googlebot," has also evolved in terms of how it indexes data.

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How to Change the Default Language for AMP Pages

Set your default language for AMP pages in Global Settings

For AMP pages, the inLanguage value is set to English by default. This value is hardcoded, but it can be changed manually so sites with different language requirements can also have different values. This can be done using the code view of your site's Global Settings.

To change the default language setting for your AMP pages, you need to manually add a variable in Layout & Design Tool:

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New: Filter Posts by Primary Tag or Section

It's now possible to filter the Posts element in our Layout & Design tool by primary tags and primary sections. For now, this is only possible via XML attributes on the Posts element.

Below are the new attributes that allow you to filter by primary tags or sections, and how to use them.

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