With more than a billion websites to choose from only a small fraction of them are truly useful sites. So with so many great resources on the internet just about everything that you would ever want to know is available online.
So, I will show you 101 Most Useful Websites that will expand your knowledge base and make you smarter. Some of these will be well-known sites along with web sites you may have never heard of before.
1. 10 Minute Mail
The site is great when you don’t want to use your real email address. It gives you a throw away temporary email address that will expire in ten minutes.
This is especially useful on sites that require email address validation or any other purpose. For example, some website requires an email address to download their software or ebook. You can use it to verify email and download.
2. Alternative To
AlternativeTo is a fantastic service which helps you to find alternatives for desktop computer software, web-based software and mobile apps.
For example, I will search for Adobe Premiere Pro. It will show the top select in a drop down list with a brief description and reviews of software.
3. Khan Academy
Khan Academy was founded way back in 2006 and is perhaps one of the best educational websites.
On Khan Academy students learn at their own pace in several categories including math, computer science, engineering and many others. In addition to the various courses listed they even offer test prep for college entrance exams including the SAT.
FakeSpot is for those of you that are suspicious of online reviews and are not able to filter the fake reviews from various websites including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and many others.
It analyzes suspicious patterns and incentivized reviews to find out what real users are saying about the products that you want to buy.
Here’s how it works, Copy the URL from the product page and paste the URL on the fake spot website’s search box and select analyze reviews based on the authenticity of the existing reviews that will give the product review grade of A to F. Fake spot might be useful for you if you’re on the fence about buying a product.
Virustotal is a free service using more than 16 security scanners to detect viruses, malware and other types of malicious content. Even if you use anti-malware or antivirus software on your computer, VirusTotal should be used as an extra layer of security to inspect suspicious files and websites.
It provides an option to scan a file and the URL and the search tab also lets you scan a URL, IP address, domain or file.
SoloLearn is our top recommendation for beginners that want to learn the absolute basics of programming. In addition to their website, you can also learn on the go with their Android and iOS apps.
7. I fix it
If you prefer to do repairs yourself IFixIt is website that you should have bookmarked. In addition to selling tools and parts, they also have free repair guides for many of today’s popular electronic devices. There are more than a dozen categories to choose from including PC, Camera, Mac, Phone and many others.
After you have found your repair guide, it will show you the difficulty level how many steps are involved, the time required along with the tools we needed to complete the job. Below that you just need to complete the easy-to-follow step-by-step directions in order.
8. Is It Down Right Now
As the name suggests, it lets you check to find out if a website is down or not. It’s simple to use and does not require a computer science degree.
Just enter the name of a website and it will now show you the response time in milliseconds. the lower the better. It will show you when the last time site was down and it will also let you know whether that site is currently up or down along with other information.
When setting up a new Windows PC, Ninite is an awesome package manager that lets you install multiple programs all at once without any extra junk like toolbars.
Here is how it works, select the programs listed that you would like to install or update on your computer. Ninite will install the program’s you selected. To keep your programs up to date, just open the Ninite and run it again.
10. Camel Camel Camel
If you shop on Amazon camel camel camel is a tracker that monitors the price of millions of products on the shopping site. Even though if you don’t shop on Amazon all the time, it’s still useful to determine the right time to buy, especially when shopping for computer parts.
Here is how it works, in the search bar you can enter keywords to find your product or the URL from the Amazon product page. You will now have the opportunity to create a price alert with your desired price.
11. Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that answers factual queries by computing the answers from externally sourced curated data.
In other words, the founder refers to it as a fact search engine instead of pointing you to other web pages like the typical search engine, it returns answers instead.
Code.org is another nonprofit that is focused on teaching people the basics of coding with courses that are kid-friendly. They have a section called Hour of Code which are fun one-hour tutorials that are available in over 45 languages.
The site has a ton of content including lessons which include minecraft, Star Wars, Crossy Road and others. If you wanted you could make your own flappy game but seriously the last thing this world needs is another flappy bird clone.
In addition to the numerous sites I’ve mentioned in the past, code.org is a great place to begin when learning how to write code.
13. How stuff works
How stuff works launched way back in 1998 is still useful for gathering all types of knowledge in various categories. They provide reliable articles with easy-to-understand explanations on how the world actually works.If you have a curious mind how stuff works is a site you should check out.
14. MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare offers undergraduate and graduate-level courses online that are openly available to anyone.
All the courses are free and finding a course is easy. You could hover your mouse to find courses by Topic, MIT Course Number, Department. But the easiest way to find what I’m looking for is to use the search bar. For example, if you wanted to learn the Python programming language just type Python into the search bar and you’ll see a full list of courses that may be of interest to you. MIT OpenCourseWare offers courses within dozens of departments for you to choose from.
15. Discover Magazine
If you’re interested in science, Discover Magazine which has been around since 1980 and offers a website with interesting articles that will expand your mind just like how stuff works. The information is presented without too much jargon in a clear and concise manner.
Discover Magazine is not affiliated or owned by the same company that owns the Discovery Channel.
16. Ted Ed
Most of you are familiar with Ted. Ted Ed is their education initiative geared towards students and teachers through the use of original animated videos. The videos on Ted Ed cover various subjects including mathematics, science, technology, business, economics and many others.
The videos on Ted Ed is created by experts in their field are usually no longer than six minutes in length.
Alison is a free education site offering high quality courses in several different categories some of those categories include IT, science, business, math, software engineering and many others.
Just like many of the free online education sites, Alison offers certificate courses. The courses are still free but to receive a certificate that does cost extra.
I’m a huge advocate of learning by doing. Instructables is the first of three websites with do-it-yourself projects created by users that can teach you how to do about anything.
How it works is that users upload instructions to their projects. Usually these will include pictures or videos that will walk you through the process just like YouTube. there’s a comment section below the post where you can interact with other users working on that project.
If you can’t find a project on Instructables, makezine.com is another great site for discovering do-it-yourself projects. Whether you’re a beginner or have an engineering degree, you’ll find a project here that will fit your skill set.
In addition to searching by category, you can filter the results by difficulty and duration. Some of the projects can be a little wacky.
Maker Faire is a part of makezine where events held globally showcasing crafts, engineering, science projects and other DIY stuff. If you haven’t been to a Maker Faire yet, you should go for a good time.
The third web sites featuring do-it-yourself projects is simply named do-it-yourself. They’re well known for being a home improvement and repair website.
In addition, they also feature other types of projects in various categories. Their large assortment of buyers guides are also worth checking out. Before purchasing a new product just like the other two sites previously mentioned there’s an amazing amount of free DIY projects for you to choose.
Sometimes you just want to quickly edit a photo without having to learn a complicated image editing program like photoshop. PicMonkey makes it real simple.
Just select an image from your computer and start editing with the ton of editing options available on the left pane. They do offer a premium version with plans starting at 399 per month but the free version will work well for most. They also have an iOS and Android app.
22. Widescreen Gaming Forum
Widescreen Gaming Forum are for those of you with widescreen 4k or multiple monitors. This site can make your gaming experience on PC even better.
You can find your game from the game’s database (listed in alphabetical order), so you can see if that game is supported for your monitor. This site can also offer fixes or workarounds to get your game working perfectly on your gaming monitor. If you’re a PC gamer this is the site you should bookmark for help with your gaming monitor.
To start a course, just select which one you want to learn. It will give you interactive step-by-step instructions.
24. Print Friendly
We’ve all been on the website and have wanted to print out an article or tutorial but most of the time the ads and pictures make the printout a mess. This site makes the webpage more printer friendly.
How it works, select a URL that you want to print out and paste the URL on Print Friendly and now you can print the cleaner version or you can create a PDF or email it.
List of random useful websites
- 10 Minute Mail: https://10minutemail.com
- Project Alexandria: http://projectalexandria.net/
- Fake Name Generator: http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
- Madeon’s Adventure Machine: http://www.madeon.fr/adventuremachine/
- Camelcamelcamel: https://camelcamelcamel.com/
- Hackertyper: http://hackertyper.net/
- Mt Everest in 3D: http://www.explore-everest.com/mt-eve…
- Down for Everyone or Just Me: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/
- A Good Movie to Watch: https://agoodmovietowatch.com/
- Account Killer: http://www.accountkiller.com/en/#
- Skiplagged: https://skiplagged.com/
- Killer-robots: https://www.google.com/killer-robots.txt
- Date to Date Calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/date/dura…
- Mailbox Locator: http://www.payphone-project.com/usps-…
- Faces of Facebook: http://app.thefacesoffacebook.com/
- Hotel Wi-Fi Test: https://www.hotelwifitest.com/
- Lamebook: http://www.lamebook.com/
- GetHuman: https://gethuman.com/
- CanIStreamIt: http://www.canistream.it/
- Pixel Thoughts: http://www.pixelthoughts.co
- BugMeNot: http://bugmenot.com/
- Sanger: http://www.sanger.dk/
- Netflix Roulette: http://netflixroulette.net/
- Let Me Google That For You: https://lmgtfy.com/
- Playback.FM: http://playback.fm/birthday-song
- Scr.im: http://scr.im/
- Cat Bounce: http://cat-bounce.com/
- OldVersion.com: http://www.oldversion.com/
- Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/
- I Waste So Much Time: http://iwastesomuchtime.com/
- Isn’t This Weird: https://www.isntthisweird.com/
- Where’s My Cellphone: https://www.wheresmycellphone.com/
- Geek Typer: http://geektyper.com/
- Wayback Machine: https://archive.org/web/
- Independence Day My Street: http://www.independencedaymystreet.co…
- Radio Garden: http://radio.garden/
- No Tengo Enie: http://www.notengoenie.com/
- The Useless Web: http://www.theuselessweb.com/
- WebOasis https://weboas.is/
- Digital Attack Map http://www.digitalattackmap.com
- Tunefind https://www.tunefind.com/
- Will Robots Take My Job? https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/
- Internet Live Stats http://www.internetlivestats.com/
- Zoom Quilt http://zoomquilt.org/
- ReviewMeta https://reviewmeta.com/
- My Live Signature https://www.mylivesignature.com/
- Stool Analyzer http://www.stoolanalyzer.com
- Make Everything OK http://make-everything-ok.com/
- Console Living Room https://archive.org/details/consoleli…
- Oddee https://www.oddee.com/
- Solace http://www.rememberspook.com/
- Windows 93 https://www.windows93.net/
- Weave Silk http://weavesilk.com/
- Akinator http://en.akinator.com
- Museum of Endangered Sounds http://www.savethesounds.info
- People of Walmart http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
- Bored Button http://www.boredbutton.com/
- WeVideo: https://www.wevideo.com/
- Prezi: https://prezi.com/
- Silex: http://www.silex.me/
- LastPass: https://www.lastpass.com/
- PowToon: https://www.powtoon.com/
- Canva: https://www.canva.com/
- iPiccy: https://ipiccy.com/
- OnShape: https://www.onshape.com/
- SlideDog: https://slidedog.com/
- Figma: https://www.figma.com/
- Weebly: https://www.weebly.com/
- PDF Drive https://www.pdfdrive.net/
- CodinGame https://www.codingame.com
- StillTasty http://www.stilltasty.com/
- Cymath https://www.cymath.com/
- Gwiki http://www.gwiki.io/
- Gravit Designer https://designer.io/
- TwoFoods http://www.twofoods.com/
- Movie-Map http://www.movie-map.com/
- Hacksplaining https://www.hacksplaining.com/
- Instructables http://www.instructables.com/
- ICO Convert http://icoconvert.com/
- Fakespot https://www.fakespot.com/
- GetLinkInfo http://getlinkinfo.com
- Desygner https://desygner.com/
- Flixable https://flixable.com/
- Canvas Network https://www.canvas.net/
- Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/
- Glassdoor https://www.glassdoor.com
- What Should I Read Next? http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
- Drinkify http://drinkify.org/
- Have I Been Pwned? https://haveibeenpwned.com/
- Make My Drive Fun https://makemydrive.fun/
- Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/
- MIT App Inventor http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/
- Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/
- DeepL Translator https://www.deepl.com/translator
- Bleeping Computer http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/
- 4Tests https://www.4tests.com/
- start.me http://start.me/
- Pixlr Editor https://pixlr.com/editor/
- TinyPNG https://tinypng.com/
- Google Office Suite https://www.google.com/docs/about/
- Microsoft Office Online https://products.office.com/en-in/off…
- Online-Convert https://www.online-convert.com/
- Spotify Web Player https://www.spotify.com/
- Trello https://trello.com/
- PDFescape https://www.pdfescape.com/
- Mint https://www.mint.com/
- VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/
- Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Code.org http://code.org/learn
- HowStuffWorks https://www.howstuffworks.com/
- MIT OpenCourseWare https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
- Discover Magazine http://discovermagazine.com/
- TED-Ed https://ed.ted.com/
- Alison https://alison.com/
- Make https://makezine.com/
- Do It Yourself http://www.doityourself.com/
- Smallpdf: https://smallpdf.com/
- FreeCycle: https://www.freecycle.org/
- IFIXIT: https://www.ifixit.com/
- SuperCook: http://www.supercook.com
- Strong Password Generator: https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/
- Mix https://mix.com/
- Firefox Send https://send.firefox.com/
- JustWatch https://www.justwatch.com
- CV Maker https://cvmkr.com/
- Google Fonts https://fonts.google.com/
- Broadcastify https://www.broadcastify.com/
- Every Time Zone https://everytimezone.com/
- Unsplash https://unsplash.com/
- Pixabay https://pixabay.com/
- A Soft Murmur https://asoftmurmur.com/