Ruby on Rails, we either love you or hate you. We embrace the solutions you bring or call you names, such as “hipster”. Whatever our attitude is, however, we’d be blind not to appreciate how sleek and elegant sites built in rails look, both in terms of technology and visual presentations. The latest version, 4.0, released on the 25th of June 2013 is the latest step in the development of this framework, but certainly not the last. You might not know this, but many of the most popular sites use the rails technology. Let’s take a look at a couple of them in no particular order.

twitch.tv

twitch.tv

A site beloved by gamers worldwide, it allows streaming of live gameplay. Used by pro gamers and casual gamers alike.

ask.fm

ask.fm

Arguably the most famous Latvian site, ask.fm combines features of a social website with anonymity and focuses on questions and answers.

slideshare.net

slideshare.net

This slide hosting service lets you upload your PDF, OpenOffice or PowerPoint files and share them with everyone or just your friends.

fiverr.com

fiverr

One of the biggest service marketplaces in the world (if not the biggest) with prices as low as 5$.

basecamp.com

basecamp

One of the first rails sites, it’s been a leading project management tool for years.

scribd.com

scribd

A digital library available at the touch of your fingertips, and it’s quite beautiful too!

themeforest.net

themeforest.net

One of the most comprehensive marketplace dealing in WordPress themes and website templates in general.

hulu.com

hulu

Available to Americans only (unfortunately), Hulu is one of the leading sites with TV shows episodes.

goodreads.com

goodreads

Making your personal bookshelf public has never been possible, let alone such fun. Compare and recommend.

yellowpages.com

yellowpages

The good old yellow pages, but in a digital version. Delivered directly to your computer, not your doorstep.

crunchbase.com

crunchbase

The definitive people, technology and business database that everyone can edit.

cookpad.com

cookpad

Yes, it’s in Japanese. Still it’s a great example of a successful cooking website that has dominated this niche of the Japanese net.

funnyordie.com

funnyordie

One of the funniest satirical websites out there, if you’re a fan of Will Ferrell and his humor.

weheartit.com

weheartit

A social photo sharing website, nothing too innovative but in a very nice packing.

zendesk.com

zendesk

A great customer service platform designed with simplicity in mind.

medhelp.com

medhelp

Combining the power of a social network with medical expertise has given surprisingly good results.

letsfreckle.com

letsfreckle

Losing control over time is something everyone working online has had a problem with – but not anymore, with Freckle!

43things.com

43things

A community of over 3 million people, supporting each other’s life goals.

chow.com

chow

A superb cooking website that combines a social element with a sleek design.

jobster.com

jobster

Looking for a job? Maybe you’re looking for employees? Try jobster!

bleacherreport.com

bleacher

A great sports news website that focuses on user-created content.

getsatisfaction.com

getsatisfaction

A portal that lets you create and manage customer communities.

crazyegg.com

crazyegg

This handy online tool lets you analyze the “heat map” of your website, showing the places where users have clicked the most

fanpop.com

fanpop

Website for fans of anything pop culture related, it allows fanclubs to connect and communicate.

penny-arcade.com

pennyarcade

One of the best and most recognizable webcomics out there, funny and witty.

These are just examples as there are tons of rails websites out there, delivering everything a web developer might want. If you want to use a ruby on rails website, make sure you have the correct rails hosting site chosen. You can find a list of certified ones on the rails website. Unfortunately, not all widely-known hosting services are compatible.