The Internet is a vast place. According to internetlivestats.com, there are now almost one billion websites online (a shade over 970,000,000 at the time of writing). Many of those are focused on men, men’s needs, and men’s interests.
We certainly don’t want to stereotype here at MakeUseOf, but suffice to say that the majority of men’s interests fall into certain broad categories – DIY, cars, fishing, fashion, and so on.
Read on to see our list of what we believe to be the twenty one best websites for men (ladies, who knows, you might find something of interest here too!)
This is possibly the most stereotypical category for men. We’ve had a fascination with automobiles since Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built the first working self-propelled mechanical vehicle 1770 and Karl Benz built the first motor car in 1885.
The most widely recognisable website for buying and selling cars. Auto Trader was founded in 1997 and aggregates millions of new and second hand cars. It’ll let you list your car privately, but also offers a way to deal directly with a dealer.
They also have an editorial team who provide a wide range of videos, articles, tips, and advice.
AutoBlog focuses more on news than buying and selling, though they do have a classified section. Recent articles include everything from analysis of the recently completed F1 British Grand Prix to a review of Chevy’s newest pick-up truck.
Lots of people like nothing more than spending a lazy Sunday in their garage, tinkering with their current car, renovating an old classic, or simply washing and waxing their pride and joy.
Popular Mechanics targets all demographics of car mechanics – from the types who love to lie on their backs under the engine for hours on end to the fair-weather car cleaners.
If you need to know how to fix your car, change a fuse, clean leather seats, install an in-car entertainment system, or fix squeaky breaks – this is the site for you.
Significant other bugging you to put up those shelves? Not sure where to start when renovating your kid’s bedroom? Need a hand in building a garden shed?
DIY projects can offer great solace from the stresses of daily life – but they can also be immensely frustrating.
Instructables started life in the MIT Media Lab, but has since grown into one of the most widely read DIY sites on the web.
The range of topics they cover is huge, from more fun and friendly articles like “How to Make Jello Shots, to the more hard-core “Make a Settee Bench from Two Chairs” and “How to Make a 10 Seater Picnic Table”.
They also offer regular contests, with winners receiving prizes such as spot welders, climate control systems, and digital cameras.
Contrary to its name, going on this site isn’t going to land you on a NSA watch-list.
The site focuses on using everyday objects for something other than their intended purposes. If you want to try and use relay boards to make an automated firework launcher or you want to turn yourself into a bionic man, give them a visit.
With a name like doityourself.com, it’s pretty self-explanatory what this site is all about.
They’ve got a range of “How to” guides, as well as articles on tips and advice on which products to use or buy – information on how to choose the right air conditioning unit and how to how to renovate your yard/patio area being two examples.
Almost all “modern men” enjoy technology. Whether you’re a twenty-something who loves having all the latest gadgets, or a silver surfer who’s still getting to grips with the Internet, there are sites out there just for you.
The greatest technology site in the world written by the most skilful authors around the globe, MakeUseOf offers articles about every facet of technology for every level of technological ability.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?!
Specialising in tech gear for men, Werd cover gadgets for almost all areas of interest. If you want to know what’s the best grill for indoor barbequing, the best smart trainers for running, or the best lamps to illuminate your workspace, Werd will tell you.
The online version of the popular UK-based print magazine, T3 released their first issue in 1996 and has since grown into the UK’s second most popular tech publication.
The website has now become so vast that it employs an entirely separate editorial and writing team from the print release, several of whom are regularly featured on radio and television in Great Britain as industry experts.
There was once a time when fashion was exclusively the domain of women. Men had two outfits – work and “Sunday best” – what David Beckham was wearing this week was of little concern.
For better or for worse, that’s no longer the case.
Oki-ni (which translates to “thank you” in Japanese) has been online since 2001 and serves as a retail hub for contemporary menswear designers from across the globe.
Aside from listing some of the most fashionable goods for every aspect of a man’s life, they also include lots of original content, such as “fashionable music playlists” and behind-the-scenes articles from fashion shows and designers’ studios.
If you’re the type of guy who thinks a dinner jacket, shorts, and sneakers is a good look, pay The Sartorialist a visit.
They focus on catwalk fashion more than stuff that most of us would consider wearing to go to Walmart, but they also list some of the best books, photos, vintage wear, and biographies from the high-fashion sphere.
Did you get that sudden urge to look like Justin Bieber or Barack Obama? Famous Outfits will show you how to do it on the cheap.
Currently featured celebrities include Ben Affleck, Michael Fassbender, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Brady, but they have hundreds more in their archives.
Like DIY, gardening is another great “get away from it all” pastime. Tending flower beds and watering shrubs can be a therapeutic release for a busy man’s brain.
One of the go-to websites for green-fingered people, Gardeners’ World is packed with planting guides, practical advice, and design ideas.
It also has a very active forum section, with experts on hand to answer any queries you may have.
If you live in an apartment or townhouse with only a small back yard, you needn’t worry – you can still make it aesthetically awesome.
66 Square Feet is a blog about one man’s battle to make a tiny terrace in Brooklyn, New York, the perfect relaxation space. It’s stuffed with his ideas, successes, and failures – all of which are supplemented with high-quality photos.
If you live in the US, the UK, or Northern or Central Europe, the sad reality for most of you is that your summer will feel like it’s six days long and your winter will feel like it’s six months long.
With the tagline “Hardy plants for hardy souls”, the Cold Climate Gardening website aims to help people who aren’t blessed with tropical weather maintain a vibrant, interesting, and lively garden.
“I’ll do it as soon as the game finishes”. Hand’s up guys – how many of you have used that excuse to get out of a trip to your in-laws, the shops, or some other mundane day-to-day activity?!
Bleacher Report has faced plenty of criticism since its launch in 2007, but there’s no doubt that the impressive range of sports and teams that it covers gives the site broad appeal.
Lots of its content is light on text and easy to digest, making it the perfect one-stop shop for a quick dose of sports news.
It is often claimed that fishing is the most popular sport in the world. Whether that’s true or an urban legend is debatable, but there is no denying that it’s one of the most popular hobbies for men who want to get out of the house.
Fishing Fury looks at all parts of fishing, with sections covering freshwater and saltwater fish, gear, news, and locations. Like other specialist sites, it also has an engaging forum section, where users share everything from record catches to weather updates.
Sports Illustrated is read by an estimated 23 million people per week, of which approximately 18 million are male.
It covers the four major American sports, the MLS, college sports, and global sports like tennis and golf.
Health and Fitness
Whether you’ve got a beach bod, dad bod, or something else entirely, we all need a bit of help and persuasion in maintaining our desired size, weight, and fitness level.
The ubiquitous site for keeping yourself healthy. Typical articles focus on the training regimes of famous athletes, effective nutrition, and gym workouts.
The site comes with a personal trainer tool – just put in your currents stats and desired stats and it’ll give you a plan of how to make the jump.
In addition to fitness and workout sections, Muscle and Fitness also has an athletes and celebrities section which includes videos, interviews, pro tips, and behind-the-scenes content.
The site also has a shops and a giveaways section.
Burn the Fat is the blog of best-selling author Tom Venuto. He started his career as a body builder, but has since gone on to become a writer, TV personality, and social media sensation.
In his own words, his blog is all about helping “people get leaner, stronger, fitter and healthier”. He supports an “all-natural” approach to fitness and nutrition, meaning no drugs or enhancers in either the gym or on your dinner plate.
Your “Manly” Sites
In most lists we publish on MakeUseOf we try to cover all the stuff you need to know about. With a list of this magnitude, however, it’s impossible – we know we’ve missed some.
What are your most man-friendly sites? Ladies, what sites does your partner spend most of his time on?
We’d love to know. Let us know your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.