Who Do Rockstar Bloggers Host With?

You've got grand plans for your blog. Naturally, it's going to be big - really big. But before you hit your rhythm with insightful, savvy posts, there are practical considerations - like where to host it.

With so many web hosts to choose from, that's no easy decision. That's why we compiled this handy guide to where the web's top 100 blogs (by Technorati ranking on August 8 2008) are hosted.

If they're good enough for these guys, right...?

Top Blogger's Favourite Web Hosts

This graph shows every web hosting company appearing more than once in the top 100. It excludes sites hosted in-house and Akamai's caching service.



And the Winner Is...

Media Temple and Datagram are twice as popular as any other host on the list, ignoring free blog hosting (eg, BlogSpot) and in-house hosting (eg, AOL's blogs). These two web hosting companies account for 19 of the top 100 blogs between them.

However, six of the Datagram blogs are published by one company (Gawker Media). Ignoring Gawker's multiple votes, one host is clearly far more popular than the rest.

Media Temple hosts over twice as many top blogs as any other web hosting company in the list.


Surprise Entries & Omissions

DreamHost are best known for offering cheap, shared hosting, rather than for hosting high-traffic sites. Given their customer offering - no SLA, no telephone support, no dedicated servers - it's a surprise to see them make the top 100.

Likewise, we're surprised to learn that eight of the top 100 blogs are hosted on BlogSpot - Blogger's basic, free blog host - and Six Apart. None of the top 100 blog's are using Wordpress.com's hosted service, a surprise given the popularity of WordPress itself.

The World's Top 100 Blogs & Their Hosts

The list of top blog hosts in full.

Blog

Web Hosting

1.

The Huffington Post
Internet-only news site specializing in political controversy.

Datagram

2.

TechCrunch
Profiles and reviews of new internet products and companies.

Media Temple
3.

Gizmodo
Consumer tech news and reviews, focusing on gadgets.

Datagram
4.

Engadget
News, reviews and tips on all things gadget-related.

Hosted in-house (AOL)

5.

Boing Boing
Cool stuff, cultural curiosities and interesting technologies.

Priority Colo
6.

Lifehacker
Tips and downloads for getting things done.

Datagram
7.

Ars Technica
News, analysis, and in-depth coverage of technology.

Hosted in-house
8.

icanhascheezburger.com
Funny pictures of cats plus moggie macros, kitty captions and more.

Layered Technologies
9.

ReadWriteWeb
Web technology news, reviews and analysis.

Media Temple
10.

Mashable!
Social networking and social media industry news.

Media Temple
11.

Smashing Magazine
For designers and web developers to make their life easier.

12.

Gigazine
Japanese quirky stuff and funnies.

13.

Daily Kos
Political community on the 'state of the nation'.

Voxel
14.

Gawker
Manhattan media news and gossip.

Datagram
15.

Seth's Blog
Views of marketing guru Seth Godin.

Six Apart
16.

Official Google Blog
The word from the people who dominate web search.

Blogger
17.

TreeHugger
Green news, solutions, and product information.

Pair Networks
18.

Kotaku
Gamer's guide featuring gossip, news and leaks.

Datagram
19.

Dosh Dosh
Online marketing, blogging tips and social media strategies.

Media Temple
20.

Blog di Beppe Grillo
Gags that expose financial scandals and political corruption

IT.net
21.

PerezHilton.com
Hollywood gossip, juicy celebrity rumors and scandals.

Voxel
22.

Problogger
Helping bloggers earn money for their efforts.

LogicWorks
23.

Jauhari
Personal site of Nurudin Jauhari, packed with how-tos.

DreamHost
24.

TMZ.com
Latest entertainment news, with celebrity gossip, reviews and more.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
25.

Daily Blog Tips
Articles on blog design, SEO, promotion, monetization and more.

Doreo
26.

The Caucus Politics
New York Times politcal analysis and commentary.

Hosted in-house
27.

PostSecret
Community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously.

Blogger
28.

Think Progress
No-nonsense, progressive political news.

29.

The Wrong Advices
Tech news, blogging tips and assorted randomness.

Media Temple
30.

The Consumerist
Shoppers rights and consumer information.

Datagram
31.

Copyblogger
Copywriting tips for blogging and online marketing success.

LogicWorks
32.

Threat Level Wired Blog
Daily briefing on security, freedom and privacy online.

Akamai
33.

uthink
Provides New Zealanders with a means to engage in debate.

Maxnet
34.

Valleywag
Silicon Valley's juiciest tech gossip.

Datagram
35.

TUAW
The unofficial Apple weblog.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
36.

GigaOM
Technology news, analysis and opinions.

Layered Technologies
37.

Neatorama
Cool stuff, funny pictures and offbeat news.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
38.

Bits (NY Times)
Times' take on business, Innovation, technology and society.

Hosted in-house
39.

Joystiq
Video gamer news, info and reviews.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
40.

CrunchGear
Gadgets and computer hardware reports.

Media Temple
41.

Dooce
Personal musings and style tips from Heather B. Armstrong.

Liquid Web
42.

Talking Points Memo
Political news and commentary.

RackSpace
43.

The Drudge Report
Ground breaking political revelations.

44.

Scobleizer
Robert Scoble's personal blog about Silicon Valley.

Layered Technologies
45.

The Daily Dish
Politics, culture, faith, art, science and funny stuff.

Six Apart
46.

Crooks and Liars
John Amato's political views and insights.

47.

Blogscoped
Unofficial site all about Google in its many forms.

48.

TopTut.com
Dedicated to web development and design.

49.

The Web Standards Project
Campaigns for adherence to Web standards.

Layered Technologies
50.

Wired Blogs: Gadget Lab
Latest cool hardware news and reviews.

Akamai
51.

Zen Habits
Guide to achieving goals and creating success.

52.

/Film
Movie news, reviews and insider chat.

Media Temple
53.

A List Apart
Independent user experience and web design advice.

54.

Autoblog
The auto industry inside track.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
55.

Ben Smith's Blog
Political News about the Democrats in 2008.

56.

Wired Science
Best of the torrent of academic journal articles.

Akamai
57.

Kottke.org
Personal site of Jason Kottke, web designer.

58.

Mac Rumors
Apple Mac rumors and news (unofficial)

SoftLayer
59.

Yanko Design
Modern international design news.

Liquid Web
60.

Freakonomics
Social commentary from the New York Times

Hosted in-house
61.

Apartment Therapy
Interior design advice for stylish living.

Liquid Web
62.

The Sartorialist
Elegant and cool street fashion spotting.

Blogger
63.

Search Engine Land
News and information about search engine marketing.

Tiger Technologies
64.

delicious:days
Everything about food, for the gastronome in you.

Domain Factory
65.

Webware
CNET's blog about Web 2.0 applications.

Hosted in-house
66.

The Corner
Off beat reports from National Review Online.

Hosted in-house
67.

VentureBeat
News about private companies and venture capital.

RackSpace
68.

Microsiervos
Tech news and off-beat humor, in Spanish.

Media Temple
69.

Political Radar
Reporting on politics and elections from ABC News

Six Apart
70.

NewsBusters.org
News site opposing 'liberal media bias'.

Razor Servers
71.

Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com
Views of lawyer turned author Glenn Greenwald.

Raging Wire
72.

TravelPod
Shared travel experiences from around the world.

Hosted in-house (TripAdvisor)
73.

The Underwire
Everything from cars to culture, science to software.

Akamai
74.

Hot Air
Full-service conservative internet broadcast network.

RackSpace
75.

Pajamas Media
Thoughtful news and opinion.

Dynamic.com
76.

Seeking Alpha
Stock market news, opinion and analysis.

Herakles
77.

Signal vs Noise
Web design, usability and business.

Hosted in-house
78.

Coding Horror
.NET and human factors analysis.

CrystalTech
79.

Deadspin
Sports news without access, favor, or discretion.

Datagram
80.

How to Change the World
Entrepreneurship, marketing, venture capital and evangelism.

Six Apart
81.

Gothamist
New York City news, food, arts & events.

LogicWorks
82.

Google Operating System
About Google's developments with online applications (unofficial).

Blogger
83.

Stereogum
MP3 Downloads, videos, news and giveaways.

Tier zero
84.

Pharyngula
Evolution, development, and random ideas from a 'Godless liberal'.

RackSpace
85.

Engadget Japanese
Japanese version of top gadget news site.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
86.

PaulStamatiou.com
Tech news, reviews and guides from a Georgia Tech student.

Media Temple
87.

Danger Room
Wired's military, law enforcement and national security blog.

Akamai
88.

mentalfloss magazine
Where general knowledge junkies get their fix.

iServe Technologies
89.

Pronet Advertising
Personal experiences in successful social marketing.

Media Temple
90.

Crave
Cnet blog on the coolest, hottest and sexiest digital gadgets.

Hosted in-house
91.

ShoeMoney
Online marketing tips and trends.

Hosted in-house
92.

Matt Cutts
The inside track on what Google is up to.

Pair Networks
93.

TorrentFreak
Latest breaking news in the p2p world.

Steadfast
94.

Signal vs.Noise
Design, business, experience and web simplicity.

Hosted in-house
95.

Techdirt
Easily digestible tech news & analysis

iSparks
96.

Dlisted
Wry celebrity gossip and funny stuff.

R. Palondikar (huh?)
97.

Daring Fireball
Mac and web nerd news and humor.

Level3
98.

Cinematical
Movie clips, rumors casting and more.

Hosted in-house (AOL)
99.

Core77
Industrial design resource full of links and cool ideas.

Hosted in-house
100.

O'Reilly Radar
Technology trends, interesting people and big ideas.

Sonic.net

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