30 Most Notable WordPress Sites

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that gives users an out-of-the-box publishing solution. In plain English? WordPress helps you make a blog really easily.  

Every WordPress site runs the same code behind the scenes (aka. the core). But on the front-end you can customize your site a million different ways with WordPress themes. You can even learn how to make your own custom themes from scratch.

Because millions of beginners are using WordPress, it’s associated with blogging for newbies. But, WordPress is way more than your best-friend’s cat blog. 

In fact, WordPress powers 28% of the Internet. That’s because both Fortune 500 Companies and basement bloggers want the same things: easy publishing, good SEO, and options for organizing content. The best blogs do this real well. Some of the top sites on the Internet are using WordPress VIP. This is the company’s enterprise CMS, for users who get regular, massive traffic and need ongoing support.

I want to show you 30 famous WordPress sites. Once you see the power, customization, and scalability of WordPress you’ll be inspired to create your own WordPress site immediately. Look, you may not be Beyonce (unless you are, then please leave a comment),  but you can share the same WordPress code used by Beyonce.

1. Beyonce

Beyonce's website runs on WordPress

Bey’s site runs on WordPress. So bow down, reader.

2. Facebook Newsroom

Facebook uses WordPress

One of the top sites on the Internet uses WordPress for their news and press statements.

3. TED

TED blog uses WordPress

The TED blog offers “Further reading on ideas worth spreading.”  You can’t help but think you can change the world after visiting.

4. BBC

BBC uses WordPress The BBC, according to its website, is on a mission “To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.”

5. The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company uses WordPress

 

The official home of the world’s most famous mouse.

6. USA Today

USA Today uses WordPress

 

“Latest world & breaking news”

7. Variety Magazine

Variety Magazine uses WordPress

 

Variety’s tagline is “The Business of Entertainment.”

8. Quartz

Quartz uses WordPress

 

“News, videos, ideas, and obsessions from the new global economy”

9. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight

 

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses WordPress

 

The site “uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.” It’s journalism for math geeks.

10. Lifehack

Lifehack uses WordPress

 

Lifehack is a site for “Helps, Tips, and Guidance to improve all aspects of your life.”  Read this while brushing your teeth and listening to a podcast at 2X speed in the shower.

11. Black America Web

Black America Web uses WordPress

 

This REACH media site “was formed in January 2003 to develop, acquire and partner in quality media and marketing opportunities targeting the African American community and lifestyles.”

12. Toyota (Brazil)

Toyota uses WordPress

 

The company that says “Let’s go places” uses WordPress for its Brazilian division.

13. New York Post

New York Post uses WordPress

 

“Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates”  

14. Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton uses WordPress

 

This is a site for “Hollywood’s Hottest Celebrity Gossip.” If you’re too proud to grab a tabloid on the grocery line, you can get it all here, judgement-free.

15. Blog Maverick (Mark Cuban)

Blog Maverick uses WordPress

 

Blog Maverick is “The Mark Cuban Weblog,” a place where the NBA franchise owner, Shark Tank personality, and serial entrepreneur posts his ideas about business, politics, and life.

16. Official LinkedIn Blog

Official LinkedIn Blog uses WordPress

 

This is the blog for the world’s most famous networking site.

17. VentureBeat

VentureBeat uses WordPress

 

“Tech news that matters.”

18. Gigaom

Gigaom uses WordPress

 

“The industry leader in emerging technology research”

19. Spotify News

Spotify News uses WordPress

 

Spotify promises “Music for every moment.”

20. Forbes

Forbes uses WordPress

 

Forbes is a business magazine and now a sprawling online content company.

21. The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss uses WordPress

“Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog” houses his writing as well as his popular podcast.

22. PEOPLE.com

PEOPLE.com uses WordPress

 

“Celebrity News, Exclusives, Photos and Videos”

23. Dow Jones

Dow Jones uses WordPress

“Business & Financial News, Analysis & Insight”

24. WIRED

WIRED uses WordPress

 

The famous tech news site started by Kevin Kelly runs on WordPress.

25. Mozilla

Mozilla uses WordPress

 

The Mozilla blog is a place to get “dispatches from the Internet frontier.”

26. Fortune

Fortune uses WordPress

 

When you want to know what’s going on with your money, go to this WordPress VIP site.

27. TechCrunch

TechCrunch uses WordPress

 

“The latest technology news and information on startups”

28. Boing Boing

Boing Boing uses WordPress

 

Boing Boing is “a directory of mostly wonderful things.”

29. The Official Star Wars Blog

The Official Star Wars Blog uses WordPress

 

Well wookie here. The blog for this classic film runs on WordPress.

30. Skype

Skype uses WordPress

 

Topping off the list is the blog for the communication company Skype. Hopefully this site can tell me if I should look at my web cam or the person while on my next call.

What are smart contracts?

Smart contract: a digital agreement where you can programmatically code “if this” happens, “then something else happens.”

For example, you could write a smart contract to replace your paper contract for something like a mortgage, loan, employment agreement, smartphone payment installment term, or a terms of service agreement.

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Glasses-wearing cats riding unicorn llamas, UFOs, and rainbows represent
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s vision for smart contracts.

 

Ethereum isn’t the only early-stage smart contract platform in existence right now (e.g. Blockstack is an up-and-coming contender), but for now Ethereum has first-mover advantage and a market capitalization currently second only to Bitcoin, so for this article we’ll focus exclusively on Ethereum and its rapidly emerging ecosystem.

Bitcoin has some very limited scripting capabilities, but the core functionality of Ethereum lies both in its blockchain design and use of its Ethereum Virtual Machine (aka. EVM, and commonly described as a “world computer”).

ETH-landing-page

Behold! WORLD COMPUTER.

 

The EVM operates similarly to Bitcoin in that its decentralized nodes are connected by a peer-to-peer networking protocol. Beyond that, the EVM offers opportunities for much more complex computation than Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a protocol designed specifically for payments, whereas the EVM is “Turing-complete” (meaning any computation run on one EVM node is able to be run on another node), and any smart contract instruction set runs on each one of these nodes. Similar to functions, smart contracts can call other smart contracts, creating a complex ecosystem.

The ether token, through the use of “gas”, is designed to be the fuel that pays for the execution of these smart contracts.

The EVM allows for the development of decentralized applications (dapps), therefore greatly extending the usefulness of blockchain technology.

The Ethereum Foundation documentation refers to this dapp platform as “Web 3.0”, a backend for a new kind of decentralized and secure internet.

matrix-image

Whoa.

Pros and Cons of Smart Contracts

As with any major new technological innovation, it is difficult to foresee exactly what the most popular use cases will be, and also how unexpected bugs affect the system.

Pros:

  • Decentralized: removal of single points of failure with workflows such as VPNs (dramatic privacy improvements vs.centralized VPNs), distributed computation (imagine an Amazon Web Services-like platform that pays you for free CPU cycles on your computer), and distributed storage (imagine a Dropbox-like platform where you get paid to host small, encrypted shards of someone else’s data)
  • Inclusive: Anyone can write a smart contract, it’s not just for big companies, or the coding elite
  • Intermediary-free: Smart contracts replace expensive intermediaries from contract negotiation and execution
  • Income: Many smart contracts are pay-to-use, with you as a prospective service provider receiving the platform’s token as payment

Cons:

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The pitchforks come out when there is major community disagreement, such as Ethereum’s decision to hard-fork after the disastrous 2016 DAO hack.

  • Hacking: Smart contracts have a large attack surface, evidenced by major hacks as was the case with The DAO Hack and multiple Parity wallet multisig hacks
  • Irreversibility: Major hacks destabilize the ecosystem both technically and economically because value transfer between smart contracts is generally irreversible
  • Unintended consequences: Smart contracts are a very permanent form of agreement and current technology does not include essential elements of a mature legal system, such as appeals, arbitration, and mediation

The smart contract space is just now beginning to set a rubric for security best-practices, ICO critiques, and many other key guidelines necessary to producing a healthy ecosystem.

Current Examples of Smart Contracts

Ethereum Name Service

Have you ever seen an ether address? A checksummed address looks like this:

0x7cB57B5A97eAbe94205C07890BE4c1aD31E486A8

For most people this is very difficult to read, and blockchain addresses in general tend to look similar. The ENS fixes all this through its smart contract, which is also interacted with via an ether address. The goal of the ENS is to radically improve the internet’s current domain name system with addresses that appear similar to email, such as “onemonth.eth”.

Initial Coin Offerings

ICOs allow startups to raise massive amounts of capital in incredibly short time periods compared to the traditional venture capital method. Even companies without working prototypes have raised millions in the span of days, without any vetting from educated investors. ICOs have their own pros and cons which are worthy of a separate article.

There are a few promising projects, and a massive amount of scams. ICOs have dramatically impacted the tech industry in just this past year, and startups and venture capitalists are working as fast as they can to leverage this new method of fundraising.

Ethereum’s 2014 pre-sale is commonly considered the first ICO. Most ICOs create ERC-20 tokens, a standard that enables token transfer on Ethereum’s blockchain.

Decentralized Exchanges

For most people it is convenient to purchase tokens on user-friendly exchanges such as Coinbase, Bittrex, Bitfinex, and many others. One of the core value propositions of blockchain technology however, is that it is decentralized, and centralized exchanges are a point of vulnerability, as was brutally demonstrated by the 2014 Mt. Gox hack.

Centralized exchanges are also running into issues with regulatory bodies like the SEC all over the world and due to legal concerns do not always list in-demand ICO tokens when they become available for trading. China, for the moment, has banned both token exchanges and ICOs entirely. There is much ongoing debate regarding how regulators should treat blockchain-based assets and the exchanges on which they are traded.

Enter the decentralized exchange: an automated exchange that serves any jurisdiction. There are a couple to pick from currently, and more on the way every day:

Conclusion

Smart contracts are an innovation that are here to stay, although the technology is immature and needs better scaling and security. Much learning is required to get up to speed on what happened, what’s currently happening, and what trends to expect. We’re here to help you grasp what this brave new world means for you, and for society in general.

 

HTML vs CSS

So you want to build a website?

Learning how to construct a website is much like learning a new language.

The fundamental languages for building a website are HTML and CSS.

Let’s break each one down individually, then see how they work together…

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. Think of HTML as the skeleton or tree of the document. It’s what gives structure to the site in its most basic form. We do this by tags, elements, and attributes. Whether you want headings, lists, images, or links, HTML can do all of that.

We can start with a basic HTML document.

<!DOCTYPE html>
 <html>
 <head>
     <title>Welcome to One Month</title>
 </head>
 <body>
     <h1>Big Willie Style</h1>
     <img src=https://i.imgur.com/Vr37Ac3.jpg>
 </body>
 </html>
HTML vs. CSS

HTML code example

Lets dissect this a bit further. The !DOCTYPE tells the browser what type of document it is. In this case, HTML. In the head section you can see the title tag. This is where you would put the title of your website. Inside the body, you could add an H1 tag. Think of a newspaper headline such as Hello World!. This would be inside the H1 tags like so <H1>Hello World!</H1> which would translate to the largest heading tag there is.

Tag, you’re it!

HTML is the structure of a website. In order to give your website form you’re going to need to use some HTML tags (also referred to as HTML elements).

<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, <h5>, <h6>
These tags are for headings, much like a newspaper. h1 being the largest.

<p>
Paragraph

<br>
Line break

<img>
The img tag is for inserting images into your site.

<video>
The video tag is for adding videos, of course.

<a href>
We use this for adding links, stands for anchor.

<strong>
Bold

<em>
Italic

<ul>
unordered lists

<ol>
ordered lists

Note: Both <ul> and <ol> have children tags <li>

If you are writing a list either unordered <ul> (bulleted) or ordered <ol> (numbered) they will surely need items in the list. To do this we use the list <li> tag. The <li> is a child of either the <ul> or <ol> tags. So an example of favorite 90’s sitcoms would look something like this…

<ul>
  <li>Seinfeld</li>
  <li>Friends</li>
  <li>Frasier</li>
  <li>Growing Pains</li>
</ul>
HTML vs. CSS

HTML code example

CSS

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet.

If HTML is the structure of your page, CSS is the style. It’s not one or the other, rather they work together at all times.

Without CSS, your websites would look rather boring and dull. In CSS there is a property and a value. Property is what you want to change, property value is what you want to change it to.

Let’s look at our example again…just with HTML.

CSS code example #1

CSS code example #1

Remember the <body> tag in HTML? We can correspond the same body with CSS. Let’s say we want to change the color of the body. It would look something like this…

HTML with CSS code together

HTML with CSS code together

body {
 background: red;
 }

Gettin’ jiggy wit it.

Or lets say we want to change the color and size of just the text in the body.

It would look like this…

body {
 font-size: 25px; background: blue; color: orange;
}

Learn HTML vs. CSS with a blue background Or suppose you just wanted to hone in on the H1 tag. You could do something like this…

H1 {
 color: blue; font-size: 100px
}
 Learn HTML vs. CSS with a blue background
 

With color, we can do it simply such as the examples above. Another option is to use hexadecimals (#RRGGBB).

In order for us to take advantage of CSS, our HTML needs to be linked to it. We do this by…

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”main.css”/>

As you can see, there is a relationship (rel) between HTML and CSS.

Another way we can implement CSS is using the font-family property. This is the same thing as using a text editor to change the font.

We do this by…

h1 {
 font-family: Arial
 }
 HTML vs. CSS 
 

Case Study: CSS Zen Garden

A wonderful showcase of the relationship between the two languages is CSS Zen Garden.

CSS examples with CSS Zen Garden

CSS Zen Garden demonstrates the power of CSS. Clicking the links to the right will load the same exact page with one discernible difference, the CSS. This clearly highlight what CSS can do by changing the look and feel of the page.

Here are some examples from the garden…

CSS Zen Garden examples

CSS Zen Garden examples

CSS Zen Garden examples

Tutorial highlights

So what have we learned?

  • We’ve learned how to construct a barebones website using HTML.
  • HTML can exist on its own, CSS cannot, but together is where the magic happens.
  • The more we learn about each language, the more creative we can be with our design. This is the fun part. With the structure in place, the choices are endless when it comes to what we see.
  • HTML is the noun, CSS is the verb. Let’s make sentences!

Learn more HTML and CSS now! 

If you would like to continue your journey with HTML and CSS here are a few resources:

I Studied German for 20 Min a Day For a Year and This is what I learned

Last year, I decided I needed to learn German. It started one night while I was at a dinner party in Berlin. During dinner I noticed that I was at a table of German speakers who were all politely speaking in English just for me! I felt like the stereotypical stupid American. Berlin is one of the most amazing cities in the world, I knew I’d be back the following summer, so right then I set a goal: to return one year later with enough German skills to, for example, read a menu, ask directions, and follow along with some basic diner conversation.

My strategy: Every morning for one year, I would spend 20 minute learning German. I was curious: could I learn enough German to meet my goals by only studying 20 minutes a day?

My goal: return to Berlin in one year, with enough German to have a basic conversation

My goal: return to Berlin in one year, with enough German to have a basic conversation

One year timeline for learning German:

How much German can you learn with DuolingoThe first two months went smoothly. I started with Duolingo everyday for 20 minutes. Duolingo is a free language learning platform that includes flashcards, tests, and a social component where you can see your friend’s progress. It helped that a few friends of mine were also using Duolingo because I could see their progress alongside mine — social pressure is a real thing, and I didn’t want to fall behind my friends!

After three months, I watched the movie Good Bye Lenin! in German and I couldn’t understand one word. I realized that I had no practical application to use German in everyday life. So I thought it would be best to pair Duolingo with other forms of learning: That month, I hired a teacher on Live Lingua (Roughly $28/hour) to help me improve my listening skills. We had a total of 10 one hour lessons session together where she’d help work with me on what I was learning with Duolingo.

In the fifth month, I traveled to Japan for a week. I found the context switching between studying German and visiting Japan was surprisingly difficult (note: I lived in Japan, and can speak very, very basic Japanese). For example, when I meant to say “Yes” in Japanese, German came out of my mouth. I felt like I was losing control of my mind.

By the sixth month, I realized that there were dozens of important everyday German words I wouldn’t learn in Duolingo. Such as entire categories of food that were missing from their library: raspberry, blueberries, pears, peach, and eggplant. So in addition to Duolingo I began using Anki. Anki is a flashcard app you can use on your laptop or phone.

In month seven, I picked up the book Fluent Forever. The biggest takeaway: I should pay more attention to pronunciation (I had skipped over learning the alphabet because Duolingo doesn’t teach it, and because it seemed boring to learn). This had left me making the same pronunciation mistakes over and over again. To balance this I found some YouTube videos on German pronunciation which were helpful.

In month eight, I had completed all the Duolingo lessons and the app told me I was 48% fluent. I think that is generous, because I still couldn’t understand 80% of what I would hear while watching movies. At this point I went back to the top of Duolingo’s lessons and I tried to do all of the lessons again until they were gold (which is supposed to mean it’s fresh in your mind).

Duolingo review example

After every lesson, if I didn’t know a word in Duolingo I would add it to Anki.

In month nine, I was getting bored of being on Duolingo everyday, so I also joined Yabla ($9.99/month) which is a site that adds English subtitles to German YouTube videos. Yabla has a really cool feature where you can slowly scrub through the video in case you miss something. I decided I would substitute 10 minutes of my German language using Yabla.

One year later, how much German do I know?

In month eleven I returned to Berlin. I immediately noticed that signs and advertisements that were there in the past suddenly had more meaning, “Oh that’s a barber” and “There’s a sale on blueberries today, buy one get one free.” On the other hand, speaking with Germans was almost impossible for me since everyone spoke either too fast for me, or would default into English upon hearing my mumbled accent.

Kapital Zwei language learning

In the week leading up to my arrival in Berlin I took an online test with Kapital Zwei and was ranked as level A.2.2. That’s equivalent to Level 2.5 of 8 on the scale of zero to fluent. Not bad! I decided I would join a German language school for two weeks while in Berlin to keep the momentum going (Kapital Zwei offers 12 hours a week of in class studying @ roughly $6/hour to learn with a group of 10 students).

The classes were 90% in German, and from the first day of class I was pleased to learn that I could follow along with the teacher fairly well. The takeaway being: if you speak to me slow and like I’m three, I just might just be able to follow along.

What would I do different next time?

1. Have a goal, and sub-goals for learning. Learning German “just to learn German” isn’t motivating. It’s the same plateau that I see One Month students make when learning to code.

My greatest motivation came when I had a goal:

“To return one year later with enough German skills to follow along with some basic diner conversation.”

The problem, is once I arrived to Berlin it was clear I wouldn’t hit my goal. And I didn’t have a new goal. Having a goal is important, and having subgoals (perhaps quarterly) would help me course correct for months when I fall short of my goal.

2. Use Multiple resources to learn (and sooner than I did): I was naive to think that using only Duolingo, or only any one resource, would provide me with enough knowledge. Duolingo’s greatest strengths is that it helps set goals, gives reminders, and a sense of social pressure, but isn’t helpful for practicing natural conversations.

In the future I’d suggest learning from Duolingo, while also learning songs (they were helpful for remembering vocab), and I’d take an in person class sooner.

Did you know that all European languages use the same grading scale that I mentioned above (A.1, A.2, B.1, etc)? It’s called the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). I hadn’t realized this, but now that I know it’s helpful because it gives me a sense of how to set expectations or reaching level A.2.2 of Spanish, French or any other European language.

I get the sense that if I took the German class for six months (everyday for 3 hours) that I would have been able to go from a A.2.2 to a C1 (which is much closer to my goal of listening and speaking during a dinner party).

3. Practice sentences, not just vocabulary words. Practicing vocabulary each day with Duolingo gave me the false impression that I knew more words than I did. Sure I knew how to say “Sister” and “Brother” but as soon as I used them in a sentence the conjugations and sentence structure made speaking much more difficult. This lead me to using a lot of one word answer and pointing at things. “Yes” (point) “Almond Milk.”

Conclusion

In one year I spent a minimum of 120 hours studying German, and a total of $615 on resources. Overall, my grade of A.2.2. is roughly 25% fluent according to the official German CERF test, which is pretty satisfying for learning mostly on my own, and mostly from my laptop.

 

Five Alternatives to Coinbase

Coinbase receives a lot of attention because it’s easy for beginners. The company also made headlines in 2017 when they raised their Series D funding of $100 million. With that said, Coinbase’s fees can be as high as 7%, they only offer three digital currencies at the moment, and you might not like how Coinbase handles their Bitcoin fork (e.g. they chose not to distribute Bitcoin Cash to Coinbase users).

Bithumb Bitfinex Bittrex Gdax HitBTC
Base South Korea Hong Kong U.S. U.S. Europe
Trading volume $900 million $600 million $257 million $183 million $286 million
Trading pairs 10 53 261 9 296
Fiat Currency Accepted Korean Won USD N/A USD, EU, GBP N/A
Country eligibility Open Excluding the U.S Impose restriction on selected states in the U.S. Only available for selected countries; 3 states within the U.S. not eligible Limitation on North Korea, Washington, and the New York States; Otherwise open
Fees 0.15% 0.1% – 0.2% 0.25% 0.1% – 0.25% 0.1%
Major Hack Yes Yes N/A Flash crash N/A

So you may wonder any other alternatives. In this blog, we will give an introduction to five exchanges other than Coinbase across the globe and provide a snapshot of what they are and how they are different. A very useful tool for navigation is CoinMarketCap which tracks the price for most cryptocurrencies, tokens and the trading volumes for exchanges. Most of our following discussion will refer to it.

There are two main reasons we selected these five: liquidity and geography. Market trading volume can reflect how active the exchange and gives you a relative idea whether your buy/sell order can be fulfilled instantly. While cryptocurrencies are traded 24/7, the geographic location of an exchange informs where most of its users and the customer support are likely to be based so you may want to trade during a time that most of them also stay active.  

1. Bithumb

Coinbase alternative: Bithumb

Coinbase alternative #1: Bithumb

Based in South Korea, Bithumb has around $400 million trading volume in the past 24 hours based on CoinMarketCap. Given its location, the only fiat currency Bithumb accepts is Korean Won, either by bank wire or credit card so you don’t have to physically be in South Korea. It offers 10 trading pairs, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Qtum, Ripple, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, Dash and Monero.

For transactions, Bithumb charges 0.15% for makers and takers. You don’t need to pay for depositing funds to the exchange but it does impose a fee for withdrawals, depending on the exact coin you are dealing with. Here you can find a full price list.

While it tops the list of worldwide exchanges by its trading volume, Bithumb was also said to have been hacked in July 2017, with some customers reporting the loss of money due of the security breach.

2. Bitfinex

Coinbase alternative: Bitfinex

Coinbase alternative #2: Bitfinex

Bitfinex is based in Hong Kong and accepts U.S dollar. The trading volume is at a similar level with Bithumb, around $400 million but it has a total of 53 trading pairs. Some of them are crypto-to-fiat (BTC/USD) and rest are crypto-to-crypto (ETH/BTC). This page provides a full list for your reference.

However, do take note that Bitfinex has issues with depositing and withdrawing U.S. dollars directly from bank wire, and it bars U.S. residents from trading due to banking compliance issues.

In terms of the security: Bitfinex was hacked in 2016 during which $60 million was exploited. Following the hack, investors were issued BFX token as an equity representation for 36% of the total hacked amount which Bitfinex later obliged to buy back in 2017.

The fee structure is similar with Bithumb. Deposition is free while transaction charge can vary from 0.1% to 0.2% based on the transaction amount, and the withdrawal of any asset also comes with an associated fee.

3. Bittrex

Coinbase alternative #3: Bittrex

Coinbase alternative #3: Bittrex

Bittrex, is based in the U.S. and regulated by the U.S. government. A major difference between Bitfinex and Bithumb is that Bittrex is a crypto-to-crypto only exchange, meaning Bittrex doesn’t accept USD (or any fiat currencies). But if you have Ether stored in a wallet somewhere, you can send it to your Bittrex account to buy Bitcoin.

Given this feature, Bittrex offers 261 cryptocurrency trading pairs, and amounting approximately $370 million market volume. For each transaction, they charge a 0.25% commission, slightly higher than the previous two options. But it would be a go-to if you have a wide interest in different coins.

Finally, Bittrex hasn’t seen any security hack that was to the level Bitfinex had suffered. That said, at least one user has reported a hack which resulted in his nearly 7 Bitcoins being stolen.

4. GDAX

Coinbase alternative: Gdax

Coinbase alternative #4: Gdax

GDAX is owned and operated by Coinbase. While you can buy/sell cryptocurrencies on both Gdax and Coinbase, the core difference lies in the order book: When you buy Bitcoin on Coinbase, you are buying the inventory from Coinbase’s own stock, which means you pay the real-time price of bitcoin — for which Coinbase charges you a higher fee.

GDAX, on the other hand, plays the order book role, which matches your bid/ask with someone’s ask/bid. The exchange is also based in U.S. and offers a total of 9 trading pairs, both fiat-to-crypto and crypto-to-crypto. Compared to Bitfinex and Bithumb, Gdax is more diverse in terms of supporting global major fiat currencies, including the US dollar, Euro, and British Pound. The fee ranges from 0.1% to 0.25% depending on the transaction volume.

While no major security hack was reported on GDAX, there was once a price flash crash where Ether just plunged from over $300 to as low as 13 cents, which triggered a margin call that liquidated the positions held by many leveraged traders. But Coinbase later announced it would reimburse the amount to investors.

5. HitBTC

Coinbase alternative: HitBTC

Coinbase alternative #5: HitBTC

And finally, after Asia and America, we move to the Europe, where HitBTC is based in. In terms of the liquidity, HitBTC and Gdax are at a similar level, both somewhere between $150 to $200 million. But HitBTC operates in the same style as Bittrex, which provides only crypto-to-crypto trading. Yet, it offers even more options than Bittrex – 296 trading pairs according to CoinMarketCap, beating Bittrex’s 261, with a smaller transaction charge, at 0.1%, compared to Bittrex’s 0.25%.

How to find the exchanges where you can trade specific cryptocurrencies?

 

Visit Coin Market Cap: They have over 1200 coins listed, among which you should find the one you would like to invest. For example, if you are particularly interested in Ripple, locate Ripple from the top and click on it. Then the next page you will see a chart for the historical price of Ripple, as shown in the screen capture.

Go to the “Market” tab, after which you will be able to see all the exchanges that offer the trading of Ripple, as well as their corresponding trading pair and volume in the last 24 hours.