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‘HowTo’s (HowTos, HowTo’s, or whatever you prefer to call them) are excellent problems solvers: they provide quick, easy-to-follow and non-overwhelming solutions to one or another problem that pop-up during daily routines. People love them, especially when they’re free, regardless whether it’s a step-by-step guide or a couple of minutes long video.

Good news, the amount of freely available, user-contributed HowTo’s out there is staggering. There is something for everyone: ranging from fun stuff i.e. how to make invisible book shelf, imitate gunshot wounds and even open up a Coke machine to more practical stuff i.e. how to negotiate a raise or tie a Tie. All categorized, commented and rated by users like you and me. Below you’ll find all ‘HowTo’ services we could find, as always all free, well-categorized and hopefully objectively ranked. Plus a bonus ‘HowTo’ search engine at the end. Enjoy!


eHow (over 35.000 HowTo artciles)

WikiHow (over 20.000 articles)

Instructables (approx. 4.500 articles)

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HowToDoThings (??? 2500 HowTo artciles)

Koonji (??? HowTo artciles )


VideoJug (approx. 2.500 video HowTo’s). Lets you downloaded videos directly to your iPod. More iPod Tools 50 Free Tools to Make Your iPod Better and ... 50 Free Tools to Make Your iPod Better and ... Read More

[NO LONGER WORKS] ExpertVillage (approx. 28.000 videos, and growing by 4000 every month)

SuTree (approx. 5.500 videos)

Sclipo (approx. 1000 videos)

TrickLife (approx. 600 videos)

[NO LONGER WORKS] 5min (approx. 500 videos)

ViewDo (approx. 350 videos)

HelpfulVideo (approx. 150 videos). Note: some videos require payment

YouTube (category ‘Howto & DIY’)

Metacafe (category ‘Video tips and Guides’)


NewBaby [Parenting / Newborn / Breastfeeding / …. and everything related to babies]

TeacherTube [guides for education courses for Math, Literature and etc.]

Helpero [Computers / Networking / Mobile / Games / Internet]

Work [everything related to Entrepreneurs and Small-Business owners]

ShowMeDo [Computing / Internet / Python / java /Linux/ Ruby /Blender / Graphics / Screencasting]

Video-Tabs [Guitar] – over 200 video HowTo’s

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  1. Doug Collins
    August 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    You might want to add as they have over 8000 How-To articles most with accompanying videos and step by step pictures.

  2. Requirements Management
    October 27, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Tracking software tool | Process Management Tools

  3. Nolan
    September 4, 2009 at 8:39 am

    You might add Offers off beat how to topics such as "how to improve cell phone reception in metal framed buildings" and "how to recognize a brown recluse spider".

  4. hamdi
    February 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    pretty good list can you also add

  5. NGO India
    February 9, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Great Info and thanks for the list, it will be of great use.

  6. elearning
    November 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks alot for the google tool (Custom Search Engine).

  7. Devicepedia
    October 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I am currently a member of instructable, really learn d-i-y cool stuff, i also learned them in here, thanks makeuse.of!

  8. Nigel
    September 18, 2008 at 5:42 am

    My god, didnt realise there were so many. maybe I have wasted my $20 setting up a "How to Video" website at I created it with a tube hunter script and allows visitors to search and watch thousands of videos instantly.

    Id love your opinions!

  9. Jason Lees
    August 20, 2008 at 4:20 am

    nice list,
    I found another how to site called howto network take a look

  10. the_geek
    August 11, 2008 at 4:38 am

    How to guides are also available at although it mainly has computer articles, users are free to post articles of any nature. worth a look as there are many useful guides on there.

  11. MattyD
    February 18, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Don't forget - widescreen player, shot in HD and features real experts. Launched one month ago. See what you think...

  12. Jon Bischke
    January 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    We're still pre-launch but are soon unveiling something novel in this space. Our belief is that if you could go back to the beginning time and put a camera in the room when any learning was taking place you would have a pool of content that was immensely valuable. I can't say much more about what we're doing yet but in essence it's something along those lines.

    In the meantime, we have a blog up with hundreds of free articles, podcasts and videos for language learning. You can check it out below:

  13. Dorko
    January 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    A "How To" site is My CSS Tutorials

    Seems like they recently launched but it looks pretty open source for commenting, requesting, and submitting your own tutorials.

    • Aibek
      January 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

      Looks like a good CSS resource. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Aibek
    September 22, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    @ Matt

    Thanks for heads up, I will update the article right now.

  15. Matt
    September 21, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Expert Village has over 28,000 vids now and is adding approximately 4,000 a month. I believe they expect to add 10,000 a month very soon.

    They also have a program to pay "filmmakers" to produce videos. None of the content on the site is publicly submitted.

    • Domain Registration India
      July 25, 2009 at 7:27 am

      thanks for provide good information

  16. Aibek
    July 29, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    :)... Thanks for heads up.

  17. Robert Green
    July 29, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    You forgot about ( Robert Green's DIY!

  18. Anwar
    June 23, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Pretty good list of howto websites. Another popular one is:

  19. Poll
    June 18, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Actually you can sell your video on The asking price is established by the uploader of the video clip. no registration no sign up to upload.

  20. Aibek
    June 11, 2007 at 1:31 am

    thanks for the insight... some more details regarding your choice would be awesome

  21. Mike
    June 11, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Great sites man, especially Instructables and TrickLife.

  22. Aibek
    June 8, 2007 at 10:52 am

    thanks for the info, I have added article count to the post.

  23. Erik
    June 7, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Hi, there. I work at (thanks for the mention). We currently have about 2,500 articles. We actually re-launched the site this week to make it much easier for people to contribute their own expertise. In fact, we now split all of the ad revenue with the author 50-50. Nothing to retire on, but we figure it's at least fair.

    Thanks again!

  24. Aibek
    June 5, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    @ rami
    Thanks for the tip, it makes an excellent addition to the list. I have never heard about it before, will definitely post about it in the upcoming 'extra' post

  25. rami
    June 4, 2007 at 1:26 am

    How about ScienceHack?

  26. Aibek
    May 31, 2007 at 11:10 pm


  27. qureyoon
    May 31, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    great list !

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