Do you know how to change the oil on your car? What about how to knit a scarf? Or how to make compost?
If you need some help with life's little chores, the internet is full of guidance. But which sites should you head to when you need some advice? Here are 14 how-to sites that everyone needs to have saved in their bookmarks.
wikiHow is a collaborative site that allows anyone to submit an article about a topic of their choosing. And because it's a wiki, other authors can update and amend pieces to make them more accurate and/or complete.
Indeed, according to the site's own literature, the average article is edited by 23 people and then further reviewed by another 16 people.
The list of categories is massive. There are Arts and Entertainment, Philosophy and Religion, Sports and Fitness, Home and Garden, and Finance and Business, to name just a few.
Instructables is a how-to site with seven categories—Circuits, Workshop, Craft, Cooking, Living, Outside, and Teachers.
Projects on the site have varying degrees of complexity, but there are also varying degrees of “wackiness”. On one end of the scale, there are genuinely useful creations such as outdoor steel fire baskets and kids' games. On the other end, we are not sure how many people really need a polar bear made from scrap metal in their lives.
In terms of content, eHow is similar to wikiHow. The main difference is that eHow has a team of writers rather than being a public wiki.
The site is divided into four main categories. Content includes video tutorials, which you can also catch on the site's YouTube channel.
It's easy to overlook YouTube—it's not something a lot of people think of when considering the best how-to sites on the web.
But if you don't check it out, you're missing out. There are thousands of channels dedicated to every topic imaginable. The trick is to find the right one and then explore its playlist.
Reddit has millions of how-to posts across its Subreddits. However, there's also a Subreddit specifically dedicated to people's how-to requests.
Users post how-to conundrums their facing, and readers chime in with their tips and suggestions. There are no restrictions on the type of advice people can ask for, with the exception of adult entertainment.
A quick scroll through the top posts at the time of writing shows people offering how-to advice on topics as diverse as cleaning sneakers to polishing brass bowls.
6. Acme How To
Acme How To (which thankfully has no connection to Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote!) is a DIY-focused how-to website. Broadly speaking, the content is split into three categories: Improvements, Repairs, and Decorate.
Just about every conceivable aspect of home DIY has its own subsection. For example, you can use Acme How To to learn how to grout, paint, lay a floor, control pests, and a whole lot more.
The site also has a small review section to make sure you're buying the best tools for the job.
Cars can be confusing. And more importantly, they can also be extremely expensive to maintain.
But it doesn't have to be that way. If you spend some time doing a spot of self-learning, you can save yourself a fortune and have some fun at the same time.
If you're looking for a how-to site for autos, check out How a Car Works. The site is part-explanations, part-guides. All the information is categorized into subsections such as Brakes, Electrical, Fuel, Steering, Suspension, and other car-themed topics. Many of the video how-to guides require payment.
If you want to give your home a makeover, you should check out HomeTips. It specializes in how-to content for issues around your property.
The categories on the site are Appliances, Heat/Cool, Exterior, Interior, Plumbing, Tech and Electric, and Yard. Each section is packed with dozens of how-to articles, with titles as diverse as “How to Install a Bathroom Sink”, “How to Improve Curb Appeal”, and “How to Build a Lean-To Shed”.
If you're looking for how-to articles about as wide a range of topics as possible, HowToDoThings is probably the site for you.
There are nine primary categories to browse. They are Automotive, Business, Education, Family and Relationships, Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, Pets and Animals, Sport and Recreation, and Travel.
Each of the primary categories has several sub-categories for you to dig into. It means that on the same site, you will find articles such as how to stretch before a dance class and how to get a housing grant for a first-time buyer.
Rather than publishing its own content, Hackr.io is a repo of how-to articles that have been bookmarked from other sites. As the name suggests, all the content is geared towards programming and coding.
You'll find tutorials and how-to guides for subjects such as Python, C++, PHP, Google Analytics, Alexa, and even Bitcoin.
Users can submit new content; the site deploys an upvote and downvote system that's similar to Reddit.
OneHowTo is another fantastic how-to website. There are 14 categories covering topics such as cars, leisure, education, sport, beauty, and art.
We love the diversity of how-to articles on OneHowTo. It offers articles that you are unlikely to find on other how-to sites, such as “How to Use Potassium Soap for Plants” and “How to Tell if a Santa Claus Melon Is Ripe”.
Some of the content is provided in a step-by-step format, whereas some is written as a regular article.
12. Well and Good
When it comes to getting fit and in shape, a lot of people do not have a clue where to start. Sure, you know that you should exercise more and eat less, but there is much more to it than that.
Out of all the fitness sites out there, we especially like Well and Good. It offers tips and how-to guides for skincare, food and nutrition, and general fitness. There is also a cookbook, studio sessions, and talks and podcasts.
13. Taste of Home
One of the best how-to sites for cooking is Taste of Home. It offers recipes and cooking guidance across numerous cooking categories, and also includes dedicated sections for holidays and events, as well as healthy food.
We'll end with a bit of shameless self-promotion. If you need to know how to do anything in the tech world, MUO should be your first port of call. We've published how-to articles on everything from Android Auto to Tinder.
We think we're the best, and we're confident you'll agree if you spend a bit of time digging through our content.
The Best How-to Sites
The 14 sites we've listed cover a broad range of topics and hobbies, but we know our selections are nowhere near exhaustive.
The bottom line is that regardless of what project or activity you need help with, you are sure to be able to find all the help and resources you need somewhere on the web.
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