Who Do Rockstar Bloggers Host With? [2013 Edition]

For countless bloggers around the Web, keeping their personal and professional blogs on an economy or mid-range host is no big deal. But for the companies running the most powerful and popular blogs in the world, choosing a hosting provider is a major business decision. When millions of people are visiting your site every day for fresh content, even a single minute of downtime can cost you plenty in customers, credibility, and market share. Choosing the right host when you setup your blog can make all the difference when it comes to ruling the blogging roost.

Consequently, many of the big players choose to host with companies such as RackSpace, Media Temple, and Amazon. Internet news and culture blog Mashable relies on Akamai to keep their site alive, while TechCrunch and Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch call Automattic home. Cloud-driven and boasting up to 99.999% uptime, these major hosting providers have the power, resources, and infrastructure necessary to keep the most popular blogs up to date and available for their millions of visitors.

Other major hosting providers include the New York Times Company, Fastly (home to Internet gossip and lifestyle stalwarts Gawker, Jezebel, and LifeHacker), and veteran Internet provider America Online. AOL hosts not only to the company’s own Huffington Post, but popular “techno-tainment” sites engadget and JoyStiq as well.

While Internet popularity can be fleeting, the need for reliable and high-performance hosting is unlikely to vanish. Whatever form the next rockstars of the Internet take, it’s a safe bet that the most popular sites of tomorrow will continue to rely on hosts that can provide the power and reliability they need to shine in the spotlight.

Rockstar Bloggers

Who Do Rockstar Bloggers Host With?

There are countless hosting providers and even different types of hosting, so how do you know which one is right for you? Take a look at who these superstar bloggers use, and how to decide who is the right host for you.

Superstar Bloggers

On September 29, 2013 Technorati ranked these blogs as the top 100 blogs based on the blog’s standing and influence in the blogosphere.

  1. The Huffington Post

    • URL: huffingtonpost.com
    • Host: America Online
    • Twitter: 3.4M
    • Facebook: 1.2M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 80
  2. BuzzFeed

    • URL: buzzfeed.com
    • Host: Amazon Technologies
    • Twitter: 523K
    • Facebook: 629K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 206
  3. The Verge

    • URL: theverge.com
    • Host: Internap Network Services Corporation
    • Twitter: 292K
    • Facebook: 173K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1063
  4. Business Insider

    • URL: businessinsider.com
    • Host: Ken Thomas
    • Twitter: 325K
    • Facebook: 264K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 347
  5. Mashable

    • URL: mashable.com
    • Host: Akamai
    • Twitter: 3.5M
    • Facebook: 1.4M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 243
  6. Gawker

    • URL: gawker.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 347K
    • Facebook: 340K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 660
  7. TechCrunch

    • URL: techcrunch.com
    • Host: Automattic
    • Twitter: 2.9M
    • Facebook: 720K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 427
  8. Gizmodo

    • URL: gizmodo.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 669K
    • Facebook: 591K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 691
  9. The Blaze

    • URL: theblaze.com
    • Host: Google Inc.
    • Twitter: 229K
    • Facebook: 528K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 654
  10. TmZ

    • URL: tmz.com
    • Host: Amazon.com
    • Twitter: 2.1M
    • Facebook: 1.3M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 432
  11. Deadspin

    • URL: deadspin.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 507K
    • Facebook: 124K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2204
  12. Mediaite

  13. Gigaom

    • URL: gigaom.com
    • Host: Layered Technologies Inc.
    • Twitter: 172K
    • Facebook: 39K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2540
  14. VentureBeat

    • URL: venturebeat.com
    • Host: Layered Technologies Inc.
    • Twitter: 191K
    • Facebook: 172K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2049
  15. SB Nation

    • URL: sbnation.com
    • Host: Internap Network Services Corporation
    • Twitter: 78K
    • Facebook: 82K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1294
  16. Bleacher Report

    • URL: bleacherreport.com
    • Host: Amazon.com
    • Twitter: 391K
    • Facebook: 433K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 279
  17. The Next Web

    • URL: thenextweb.com
    • Host: RackSpace
    • Twitter: 958K
    • Facebook: 178K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1617
  18. Zero Hedge

    • URL: zerohedge.com
    • Host: OrtCloud GmbH
    • Twitter: 169K
    • Facebook: 8717
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1567
  19. Hot Air

    • URL: hotair.com
    • Host: Town Hall – Salem Web Network
    • Twitter: 4080
    • Facebook: 312K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6403
  20. Deadline

    • URL: deadline.com
    • Host: WS/Akamai
    • Twitter: 23K
    • Facebook: 74K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3473
  21. Laughing Squid

    • URL: laughingsquid.com
    • Host: CloudFlare
    • Twitter: 454K
    • Facebook: 102K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6144
  22. Political Ticker

  23. Jezebel

    • URL: jezebel.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 166K
    • Facebook: 239K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2018
  24. Bits

    • URL: bits.blogs.nytimes.com
    • Host: The New York Times Company
    • Twitter: 142K
    • Facebook: NA
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 114
  25. 9 to 5 Mac

    • URL: 9to5mac.com
    • Host: ServerBeach
    • Twitter: 166K
    • Facebook: 49K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 5797
  26. Opinionator

  27. IBTimes

    • URL: ibtimes.com
    • Host: The New York Times Company
    • Twitter: 20K
    • Facebook: 213K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1535
  28. Infowars

    • URL: infowars.com
    • Host: TW Telecom Holdings
    • Twitter: 235K
    • Facebook: 497K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1184
  29. Lifehacker

    • URL: lifehacker.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 939K
    • Facebook: 650K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 534
  30. Daily KOs

    • URL: dailykos.com
    • Host: Voxel
    • Twitter: 141K
    • Facebook: 138K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2779
  31. Joystiq

    • URL: joystiq.com
    • Host: America Online
    • Twitter: 160K
    • Facebook: 32K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3455
  32. This Isn’t Happiness

  33. The Inquisitr

    • URL: theinquisitr.com
    • Host: eNom, Incorporated
    • Twitter: 17K
    • Facebook: 1.1M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 4658
  34. Hollywood Life

    • URL: hollywoodlife.com
    • Host: ServerBeach
    • Twitter: 110K
    • Facebook: 171K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2675
  35. Colossal

    • URL: thisiscolossal.com
    • Host: Media Temple
    • Twitter: 71K
    • Facebook: 323K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8278
  36. Bleeding Cool

    • URL: bleedingcool.com
    • Host: Smart Start
    • Twitter: 32K
    • Facebook: 12K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 11735
  37. Euro Gamer

    • URL: eurogamer.net
    • Host: Dexterity Networks Limited
    • Twitter: 70K
    • Facebook: 15K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 5780
  38. EurekAlert!

    • URL: eurekalert.org
    • Host: AAAC
    • Twitter: 14K
    • Facebook: 7711
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 14253
  39. Search Engine Land

    • URL: searchengineland.com
    • Host: Tiger Technologies LLC
    • Twitter: 202K
    • Facebook: 70K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 902
  40. Mac Rumors

    • URL: macrumors.com
    • Host: MacRumors.com, LLC
    • Twitter: 427K
    • Facebook: 50K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1144
  41. Economix

  42. Flavor Wire

    • URL: flavorwire.com
    • Host: Layered Technologies Inc.
    • Twitter: 74K
    • Facebook: 91K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6123
  43. Slash Gear

    • URL: slashgear.com
    • Host: SoftLayer, Inc.
    • Twitter: 26K
    • Facebook: 20K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 7365
  44. Fansided

  45. TUAW

    • URL: tuaw.com
    • Host: America Online
    • Twitter: 122K
    • Facebook: 14K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8952
  46. Townhall

    • URL: townhall.com
    • Host: Peak 10
    • Twitter: 52K
    • Facebook: 409K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 4241
  47. The Foundry

    • URL: blog.heritage.org
    • Host: EdgeCast Networks
    • Twitter: 337K
    • Facebook: 778K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 17249
  48. Popwatch Blog

    • URL: popwatch.ew.com
    • Host: Automattic
    • Twitter: 2339
    • Facebook: NA
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1426
  49. Jalopnik

    • URL: jalopnik.com
    • Host: Fastly
    • Twitter: 77K
    • Facebook: 147K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3143
  50. Viamedia

  51. Paul Krugman

  52. Foreign Policy

  53. Mental_floss

    • URL: mentalfloss.com
    • Host: Rackspace
    • Twitter: 346K
    • Facebook: 148K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 4492
  54. Refinery 29

    • URL: refinery29.com
    • Host: Refinery 29
    • Twitter: 538K
    • Facebook: 439K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2820
  55. Engadget

    • URL: engadget.com
    • Host: America Online
    • Twitter: 761K
    • Facebook: 276K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 503
  56. Redstate

    • URL: redstate.com
    • Host: RackSpace
    • Twitter: 115K
    • Facebook: 48K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 21146
  57. Consumerist

    • URL: consumerist.com
    • Host: Layered Technologies Inc.
    • Twitter: 40K
    • Facebook: 22K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8611
  58. Boston Herald

    • URL: bostonherald.com
    • Host: Acquia Hosting
    • Twitter: 6162
    • Facebook: 707
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6656
  59. Funny or Die

    • URL: funnyordie.com
    • Host: RackSpace
    • Twitter: 6.8M
    • Facebook: 2.2M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2171
  60. Hit & Run

    • URL: reason.com
    • Host: RackSpace
    • Twitter: 120K
    • Facebook: 101K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 7630
  61. 9 to 5 Google

    • URL: 9to5google.com
    • Host: Automattic
    • Twitter: 15K
    • Facebook: 2617
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 33572
  62. Designbloom

    • URL: designbloom.com
    • Host: CloudFlare
    • Twitter: 156K
    • Facebook: 417K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6352
  63. Consequence of Sound

  64. Tower Land

    • URL: towleroad.com
    • Host: Pair Networks
    • Twitter: 38K
    • Facebook: 10K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 11190
  65. De Zeen

    • URL: dezeen.com
    • Host: SoftLayer, Inc.
    • Twitter: 156K
    • Facebook: 346K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8919
  66. American Thinker

    • URL: americanthinker.com
    • Host: Real Clear Politics
    • Twitter: 21K
    • Facebook: 37K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 10398
  67. The Big Lead

    • URL: thebiglead.com
    • Host: Automattic
    • Twitter: 4250
    • Facebook: 2206
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 12920
  68. Kottke

    • URL: kottke.org
    • Host: ipHouse
    • Twitter: 32K
    • Facebook: 9798
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 20859
  69. Arts Beat

  70. Nokia Conversations

    • URL: conversations.nokia.com
    • Host: Thew New York Times Company
    • Twitter: 913K
    • Facebook: NA
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 114
  71. Grist

    • URL: grist.org
    • Host: Automattic
    • Twitter: 130K
    • Facebook: 167K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 12971
  72. Gizmag

    • URL: grizmag.com
    • Host: Rackspace
    • Twitter: 30K
    • Facebook: 20K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3544
  73. Tor

    • URL: tor.com
    • Host: Zerolag Communications
    • Twitter: 24K
    • Facebook: 18K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 23787
  74. Comic Book Movie

    • URL: comicbookmovie.com
    • Host: Serverbeach
    • Twitter: 20K
    • Facebook: 39K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 7689
  75. Cinema Blend

    • URL: cinemablend.com
    • Host: AxisHOST.com
    • Twitter: 28K
    • Facebook: 356K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 7128
  76. Right Wing Watch

    • URL: rightwingwatch.org
    • Host: SingleHop
    • Twitter: 21K
    • Facebook: 22K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 52702
  77. Entrepreneur

    • URL: entrepreneur.com
    • Host: Phyber Communications, LLC.
    • Twitter: 404K
    • Facebook: 392K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 1306
  78. Open Culture

    • URL: openculture.com
    • Host: Amazon.com
    • Twitter: 135K
    • Facebook: 160K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 10011
  79. Treehugger

    • URL: treehugger.com
    • Host: Amazon.com
    • Twitter: 251K
    • Facebook: 197K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6340
  80. Newser

    • URL: newser.com
    • Host: Cyber Dev Group International, LLC
    • Twitter: 24K
    • Facebook: 37K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 4478
  81. ESPN

    • URL: espn.go.com
    • Host: Disney Online
    • Twitter: 18K
    • Facebook: NA
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 89
  82. Autoblog

    • URL: autoblog.com
    • Host: America Online
    • Twitter: 60K
    • Facebook: 66K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2274
  83. Bruce Schneier

    • URL: schneier.com
    • Host: Modwest, Inc. Cluster SSL/Unique IPs
    • Twitter: 35K
    • Facebook: 8156
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 34733
  84. WhiteHouse

    • URL: whitehouse.gov
    • Host: Akamai
    • Twitter: 27K
    • Facebook: NA
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3864
  85. Spectrum

    • URL: spectrum.ieee.org
    • Host: Akamai
    • Twitter: 35K
    • Facebook: 66K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3434
  86. Jihad Watch

    • URL: jihadwatch.org
    • Host: Pair Networks
    • Twitter: 17K
    • Facebook: 2241
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 42527
  87. Web Pro News

    • URL: webpronews.com
    • Host: Cogent Communications
    • Twitter: 21K
    • Facebook: 36K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 2568
  88. Brain Pickings

    • URL: brainpickings.org
    • Host: CloudFlare
    • Twitter: 378K
    • Facebook: 232K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8884
  89. Computerworld

    • URL: blogs.computerworld.com
    • Host: Verizon Internet Services
    • Twitter: 91K
    • Facebook: 51K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 4736
  90. NewsBusters

    • URL: newsbusters.org
    • Host: Clearpath Hosting
    • Twitter: 79K
    • Facebook: 1.4M
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 6707
  91. Project Syndicate

  92. BGR

    • URL: bgr.com
    • Host: Peer 1
    • Twitter: 79K
    • Facebook: 29K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 5064
  93. Neatorama

    • URL: neatorama.com
    • Host: WebNX
    • Twitter: 18K
    • Facebook: 34K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 10729
  94. Well

    • URL: well.blogs.nytimes.com
    • Host: The New York Times Company
    • Twitter: 306K
    • Facebook: 28K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 114
  95. Torrent Freak

    • URL: torrentfreak.com
    • Host: Leaseweb USA
    • Twitter: 43K
    • Facebook: 23K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 3916
  96. Marginal Revolution

  97. Business 2 Community

  98. Ubergizmo

    • URL: ubergizmo.com
    • Host: RackSpace
    • Twitter: 10K
    • Facebook: 31K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 8677
  99. PSFK

    • URL: psfk.com
    • Host: Media Temple
    • Twitter: 84K
    • Facebook: 38K
    • Alexa Global Ranking: 12147
  100. Playstation Blog

Most Popular Hosts

Out of 52 different hosts used by these superstar bloggers, the top host was Rackspace, with 9 out of the 100.

Rackspace offers a custom infrastructure and a flexible cloud platform which is powered by OpenStack.

Not too far behind them with 6 sites were Fastly, Automattic, and the New York Times Company.

  • Pair — 2
  • Internap Network Services Corporation — 2
  • CloudFace — 3
  • ServerBeach — 3
  • Voxel — 3
  • Media Temple — 3
  • Layered Technologies Inc — 4
  • America Online — 5
  • Akamai — 5
  • Amazon.com — 5
  • Fastly — 6
  • Automattic — 6
  • The New York Times Company — 6
  • RackSpace — 9

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