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Ever wonder what the Top 100 Blogs use for Hosting

Wed, 2nd May 2012, 14:57

A Pingdom post recently demonstrated how popular WordPress has become as a web publishing platform for blogs and other types of websites. The follow up study of one done three years earlier, found that WordPress was in use by 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world. This was an increase from the 32% Pingdom had recorded in the initial study..

Other finding concluded that custom blog publishing platforms are more common now, TypePad had all but disappeared from the top 100, Tumblr made an entrance, and some companies really chose to keep quiet on which content management system (CMS) they used.

While likely a foregone conclusion that the daily traffic necessary to be included in this elitist list would almost certainly require dedicated server(s), HostJury decided that it would be interesting to explore which networks the worlds top 100 blogs were employing to deliver their offerings.

As expected, many of the blogs used content delivery networks or data center networks. Still there does appear to be a significant number that focus on doing what they do best (being a top 100 blog), while using hosting companies to deliver the content!  

Web Hosts used by the World's 100 Top Blogs 




Rank
 Name of Blog
 Blog URL
 CMS Used
 Web Host /Network
1The Huffington Posthuffingtonpost.com
Movable Type
AOL servers
2MashableMashable.comWordPress–self-hosted
RackSpace
3BuzzFeedBuzzFeed.comCustomDatagram
4The Daily Beastthedailybeast.comN/AAmazon
5The Vergetheverge.comCustomN/A
6TechCrunchtechcrunch.comWordPress – hostedWordpress.com
7EngadgetEngadget.comBlogsmithAOL servers
8
GizmodoGizmodo.comGawkerN/A
9Think Progressthinkprogress.orgWordPress–self-hostedN/A
10Ars Technica
arstechnica.comCustomServerCentral
11The Next Webthenextweb.comWordPress–self-hostedRackSpace
12Boing Boingboingboing.comWordPress–self-hostedPriorityColo
13GawkerGawker.comGawkerN/A
14Hot Airhotair.comWordPress–self-hostedBaymountain Data Center
15VentureBeatVentureBeat.comWordPress – hostedWordpress.com
16MediaiteMediaite.comWordPress–self-hosted
Datagram
17Bitsbits.blogs.nytimes.com
WordPress–self-hosted NY Times Servers
18Jezebel
Jezebel.com
GawkerCotendo
19GigaOMGigaOM.comWordPress – hostedWordpress.com
20TMZtmz.comCrowdFusionAmazon
21CNN Political Tickerpoliticalticker.blogs.cnn.comWordPress – hostedWordpress.com
22Business Insiderbusinessinsider.comCustomDataPipe
23Deadlinedeadline.comWordPress – hostedWordpress.com
24KotakuKotaku.comGawkerCotendo
25SlashGearSlashGear.comWordPress–self-hosted SoftLayer
26L.A. Nowlatimesblogs.latimes.com/lanowTypePad
Level 3's network
27
ZeroHedge
zerohedge.comDrupalLevel 3's network
28DeadSpinDeadSpin.comGawkerCotendo
29SB Nationsbnation.comCustomInternap
30Daily Intelnymag.com/daily/intelN/A or customNew York Metro
31LifehackerLifehacker.comGawkerCotendo
32Laughing Squidlaughingsquid.comWordPress-self-hosted 
cloudflare
33
9 to 5 Mac9to5mac.com
WordPress – hosted
Wordpress.com
34The Caucus
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com
WordPress–self-hosted NY Times Servers
35Daily Kosdailykos.com
ScoopVoxel
36ReadWriteWebReadWriteWeb.comMovable Type
Level 3's network
37Joystiqjoystiq.com
Blogsmith
AOL servers
38Media Decodermediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted NY Times Servers
39County Fair
mediamatters.org/blogCustomSliceHost
40
The Gothamistgothamist.comMovable TypeAmazon
41Big Governmentbiggovernment.comN/AHa Hosting
42The Foundryblog.heritage.org
WordPress–self-hosted Edgecast
43
This isn’t happinessthisisnthappiness.com
TumblrRackSpace 
44
MacRumorsmacrumors.comCustomSoftLayer
45
RedStateRedState.comWordPress–self-hosted 
Servers at the Planet
46
Big Journalism
bigjournalism.comN/AHa Hosting
47
ArtsBeatartsbeat.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted NY Times Servers
48Neatoramaneatorama.comWordPress–self-hosted 
WebNX
49
EurogamerEurogamer.netCustomCogent
50
Ubergizmoubergizmo.com
WordPress–self-hosted  
RackSpace 
51
AutoblogAutoblog.comBlogsmith
AOL servers 
52
TPMMuckrakertpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.comMovable Type
RackSpace
53
BGRbgr.comWordPress–self-hosted   
Amazon
54
FlavorwireFlavorwire.comWordPress–self-hosted    
RackSpace  
55PopWatch
popwatch.ew.com
WordPress – hosted
Wordpress.com
56Michelle Malkin
michellemalkin.comWordPress–self-hosted    RackSpace   
57
City Room
cityroom.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted     NY Times Servers
58Wired Sciencewired.com/wiredscienceWordPress–self-hosted     
Ntt.net  
59GristGrist.orgWordPress – hosted 
Wordpress.com
60Search Engine Landsearchengineland.comWordPress–self-hosted     
Tiger Technologies
61Threat Levelwired.com/threatlevel
WordPress–self-hosted      
Ntt.net   
62Gizmag
gizmag.comCustomRackSpace   
63TreeHuggerTreeHugger.comMovable Type Amazon
64The Official Google Blog
googleblog.blogspot.com
BloggerGoogle Servers
65Hit & Runreason.com/blogDiderot
RackSpace
66
Jalopnikjalopnik.com
GawkerCotendo
67Bleeding Cool
bleedingcool.comWordPress–self-hosted       
Boiling Point Internet
68Infowarsinfowars.com
WordPress–self-hosted        
Time Warner servers
69Brain Pickingsbrainpickings.orgWordPress–self-hosted         
BlueHost
70EurekAlert!
eurekalert.orgN/ACogent Network
71
Funny or Die
funnyordie.comN/A
RackSpace servers
72
The Onion
theonion.comCustomLinode
73The Opinionator
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted        
NY Times Servers 
74Watts up with that
wattsupwiththat.comWordPress – hosted  Wordpress.com
75
The Unofficial Apple Weblog
tuaw.comBlogSmith
AOL servers
76Taegan Goodard’s Political Wirepoliticalwire.comMovable Type 
MediaTemple
77Playstation Blogblog.us.playstation.comWordPress–self-hosted         
NTT Comunications
78
Bleacher Reportbleacherreport.comCustomAmazon
79
Epicenterwired.com/epicenterWordPress–self-hosted         Ntt.net
80White House Blogwhitehouse.gov/blogDrupalGovernment Servers
81Cinema Blend Feedscinemablend.comCustom
wehostwebsites.com 
82Danger Room
wired.com/dangerroom
WordPress–self-hosted          Ntt.net
83Inc. Magazineinc.comN/ALIGHTCREST
84Android and Meandroidandme.comWordPress–self-hosted         DreamHost
85Pocket Now
pocketnow.comN/AServint
86Colossalthisiscolossal.com
WordPress–self-hosted          
MediaTemple
87Joe. My. God
joemygod.comBloggerYahoo
88FP Passportblog.foreignpolicy.comDrupalAmazon
89
News Bustersnewsbusters.orgDrupalLevel 3
90
Paul Krugmankrugman.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted           NY Times Servers  
91Crooks and Liars
crooksandliars.comDrupalVoxel
92
Balloon Juiceballoon-juice.comWordPress–self-hosted           
Level 3 
93PSFKPSFK.comWordPress–self-hosted           MediaTemple
94Economixeconomix.blogs.nytimes.comWordPress–self-hosted            
NY Times Servers   
95The Awltheawl.comWordPress–self-hosted             
Datagram
96
Right Wing Watchrightwingwatch.orgDrupalSingleHop
97Towleroad News
towleroad.comTypePadpair Networks
98Hollywood Lifehollywoodlife.com
WordPress–self-hosted              Amazon
99Kottke
kottke.orgMovable TypeHappyCogHosting
100
Animalanimalnewyork.comWordPress–self-hosted              RackSpace Servers