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Top 25 Hosting Companies for Bloggers – Infographic Plus Additional Options

The Blogging.org recently surveyed bloggers about their hosting companies and published the results in an infographic, the Top 25 Hosting Companies for bloggers. The survey included bloggers using WordPress (43%), Blogger (35%), TypePad/Tumblr/Posterous (16%), and other platforms (6%).

Top 25 Hosting Companies For Bloggers - Infographic

While it’s great to know that these hosting companies were the most popular for the 5,600 bloggers surveyed, keep in mind that there are (according to the same infographic) 31 million bloggers in the US alone. Plus, there are lots of other things to factor in to the hosting choices made by these bloggers left out of this infographic including how much traffic the blogs receive, whether they are personal or business blogs, and so on.

So if you’re in the market for a new hosting company, here are some other things to consider beyond just the numbers presented in this infographic.

Hosting Distribution Amongst the Top Websites

BuiltWith, an information provider that tracks 150 million websites and the technology they use, share the following about hosting services used for the top websites. Top websites are defined by the most visited and the most well-known brands.

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If you start with the top million sites, you’re most popular hosting choices are GoDaddy which starts at around $6 per month and Softlayer.

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If you narrow that list down to the top 10,000 sites which are the ones with the most traffic, you’re most popular hosting choices are Rackspace and Amazon.

Hosting for WordPress

Since at least 50% of the top websites use WordPress over other CMS and blogging systems (again according to BuiltWith), let’s start by taking a look at who WordPress recommends.

Then you also have to consider hosting companies build specifically for WordPress including the following.

  • WPWebHost starting at $4.95 per month and shows you plans based on traffic.
  • Web Synthesis starting at $27 per month.

Hosting for the Most Popular Blogs

Now, let’s consider the hosting choices of the most popular, trafficked blogs in the world (according to Technorati at least).

Top 10 Cheap Web Hosting Providers

For those who don’t have a Mashable-sized audience and therefore don’t need dedicated server hosting, you can also refer to the list by TopTenReviews for reviews of the least expensive web hosting options, most starting at $4 per month. These include:

The Point?

So what is the point to all of this? If you’re in the market for web hosting, you’re going to have to do a lot of research based on the following factors.

  • The amount of money you’re willing to spend for hosting.
  • The amount of traffic you are anticipating to receive.
  • The level of support you want (hint – look for sites that have chat, email, and phone support available 24 hours a day).

I would also suggest looking at hosting used by sites similar to yours. You can spy on some site’s hosting choices by going to http://builtwith.com/domain.com – just change domain.com to the site in question.

Also, chat with other bloggers about the hosting they use. You’ll find there will be a wide variety of opinions – while one person may love a company, another may have had an awful experience with them. And sometimes, it will just boil down to experience – no matter how much research you do and advice you get, your experience may be amazing or awful. Web hosting is a tough world to enter – just be as prepared as possible!

Oh, and sign up for Pingdom to get alerts if your site goes down and monthly reports showing your real uptime and downtime.

What is your experience with web hosting? Please share in the comments below and if you’re recommending a hosting service, add in some relevant details like how much traffic you have, how well they handle it, and what plan you use!

Kristi Hines is freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Be sure to check out her eBook on effective blog post promotion strategies.

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  • Sudipto September 9, 2014, 1:00 am

    I am using GoDaddy hosting and it is quite good. We have to choose hosting which is secure and reliable. Thanks for sharing this list.

  • Lalita Bisht September 9, 2014, 12:58 am

    Hosting is very important factor in blogging and we have to choose hosting which is secure. This post really helps many newbies.

  • alan October 7, 2013, 11:46 am

    I would go with Hostgator, they have the best range of hosting packages. You can get any hosting package according to your need from this hosting provider. However I won’t say that they have the best customer support but it is as good as any other better hosting service provider. For beginners, I would suggest Netfirms because of there incredible shared hosting plans & the best customer support I’ve experienced.

  • raj August 18, 2013, 11:47 pm

    No doubt Hostgator is the best when it comes to choosing a hosting for your blog which generates significant amount of traffic. But for the newbies there are so many hosting options available. I was using Netfirms hosting when I started blogging & it worked great for me until my blog started generating traffic in excess as I was using their shared hosting plan at the start, but I was quite satisfied with their hosting because of their customer support. I found their customer support best among the hosting companies I’ve tried. Then I used Bluehost but they did not have dedicated hosting plans I was looking for so finally I moved to Hostgator & believe me It started generating the fruit from the first day I joined their hosting plan. I am quite a satisfied customer of Hostgator, so I would suggest everybody to go with Hostgator if their blog is generating significant amount of traffic.

  • Thejas Kamath May 23, 2013, 9:13 am

    Without doubt HostGator and BlueHost are the web hosting companies used by most bloggers. I’ve over 15 blogger friends who have their blogs hosted on HostGator.

    BlueHost is also good but HostGator features and prices are better than BlueHost. Thank you for sharing the infographic. I’m gonna pin it right now.

  • Sam Matla March 13, 2013, 4:23 pm

    GoDaddy is horrible really, they’re all advertising and don’t deliver quality. Fine for domain registering, but I wouldn’t go near them for hosting.

    I was stuck on a server with 6500 other websites, that’s just unacceptable. Changed to bluehost and it’s been far better ever since.

  • Dennis March 13, 2013, 10:13 am

    Host Gator has always been good to me for hosting. Their “sister” company SEO Hosting is one of the best and affordable Class C hosting companies for individuals who want Dedicated IP hosting. GoDaddy is good as well. I would say their best offering is the customer service, although I here people complain about them quite a bit. I guess it all comes down to personal experience and preference.
    I love you use of the infographics in your post. It made it very enjoyable to read!

  • Sally Brown November 6, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Hi,

    Great review of hosting sites. I currently use Bluehost and have been very happy with it. I was with ipage, but was not very happy with service there. Bluehost is awesome!
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  • Christa October 31, 2012, 1:03 am

    Amazon is at #5 and I used to think that Amazon was leading the league of Cloud service providers. Quite a nice info-graphic, I’ve always been fan of them.
    Explains the details with so much interactivity.

  • John Rampton October 24, 2012, 11:39 am

    Thanks for the mention and killer article about our infographic.

  • Simon October 24, 2012, 3:44 am

    I’m with DreamHost but that’s just because I found it slightly easier than HostGator when I was just starting up. I had no idea at all what I was doing – and still don’t most of the time! – but they made my life a little easier. Are they okay? Or is there somewhere even easier? I realise they might not be the cheapest but I’m happy to pay a bit more for ease of use.

  • Bishwajeet October 22, 2012, 11:41 pm

    Most of the bloggers start with Hostgator shared service and even I did and its actually quite good for all those newbie bloggers as they dont have enough traffic at that point of time and the amount of support provided by Hostgator is awesome.
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  • Marco October 21, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Hi! For my websites i use one.com as hosting. It is pretty cheap if you don’t have much traffic to your site. Thanks for the list of other hosting companies. It is very usefull.

  • Jakes October 21, 2012, 8:31 am

    Wow I stumbled on the right post. I have already bought a domain name and I was wondering which hosting provider should I prefer. Most of the providers you listed here are new to me. Hence, I should admit that you left me in quite a dilemma on whose service should I buy. Anyway, I guess, I would probably move with HostGator :-)
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  • akhilendra October 19, 2012, 5:34 am

    Hosting requirement depends upon the kind of site one is planning to launch or have, blogs with not much load go for shared and VPS hosting where players like Godaddy, hastgator and ipage have got strong presence whereas in case of bigger blogs like mashable, they prefer something like amazon to power their sites as they can afford it and their requirements are different than an average blogger.

    Thanks for sharing such a in-depth analysis.
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  • Anton Koekemoer October 18, 2012, 1:59 am

    Hi Kristi,

    One of the most comprehensively compiled info-graphic I’ve seen to date. Personally glad to see Hostgator is still on top of the hosting list – as I keep on referring clients to use their services, and personally still satisfied with their services for quite a long time.
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  • Suzanne October 17, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Kristi, you always provide such great information! I noticed that my hosting company is #18 on the list. I have heard quite a bit about hostgator and blue host so I think a change is coming next year as I plan out 2013.
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  • Robert October 17, 2012, 9:37 am

    I remember the first time I tried to use HostGator (on BlackFriday sale opportunity). Before that I have used BlueHost as well as Dreamhost. But I would say HostGator is the best choice with fast and reliable hosting and the support is awesome too.
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  • Aditya October 17, 2012, 4:29 am

    Hosting service is the soul of every site on which everything works.If not chosen correctly it can harm your traffic so opting for the best since the start according to the budget and service they provide should be taken seriously.For me HostGator is rocking at the moment.

    • Kristi Hines October 17, 2012, 7:54 pm

      Exactly Aditya! If you have bad hosting, it’s going to show in your load time and down time which is terrible for users and sometimes even search.
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      • Aditya October 18, 2012, 1:20 am

        Yes Kristi,if the load time is huge then the bounce rate will also increase which nobody wants.Although it doesn’t have any effect on the rankings but still….

  • Lakhyajyoti October 17, 2012, 3:35 am

    Great post. Most of the host companies you have shared in your post are new to me. HostGator is my favorite host among all of them.

  • Becca October 17, 2012, 2:45 am

    It is very important that you understand in detail as to what are the features that your hosting company provides you with. Thanks for the tips as I was looking for cheap and services of hosting provider.

  • Servando Silva October 16, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I’m with Host Gator and Blue Host at the moment. I’m actually fine with both, however, I’m thinking to move on to synthesis later.
    As long as there’s a simple way to install Wordpress and great tech support I’ll go for it.
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  • Allie October 16, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Kristi,

    As always a thorough job you have done. I got lucky. I went with the advise of one blogger 2 years ago and sign up with BlueHost. I knew they were good but I have wondered if I spent more (just a little) than competitors but get the same service. I am happy to say I am happy with Bluehost.

    ~Allie
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