The Internet is full of great websites, but it’s often tough to separate the duds from the superheroes. We’ve got you covered, with our list of 100 Useful Websites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.
Have you ever lost a potential client because you forgot to follow up? Don’t make the same mistake twice by sending an email to FollowUpThen, which reminds you when you need to.
Spellcheck is great, but we still make typos in key documents we’re sending our bosses. Next time, paste your text into PolishMyWriting, which gives you free grammar, spelling, and style advice.
Trying to get all of your friends together for dinner? Skip the 90-message-long text chain and use WhichDateWorks, which compiles your schedules and tells you when everybody’s available.
Avoid clicking on potentially dangerous links with SafeWeb. Type in the URL and Safeweb lets you know if that link in your email is OK to click.
Have you ever tried to go to a website you saved months ago, only to learn it’s no longer available? Get access to the information you need with DeadURL, even if the website is gone forever.
If you want to make a little extra money, try making an account on Fiverr. Decide what you’d be willing to do for $5, whether that’s give travel tips to your city or make minor edits to a photo, and see what business you get! The online marketplace lists all kinds of micro-jobs, that range in cost from $5-$500.
We hope you never find yourself in legal trouble. Use Nolo to stay out of it, - a website which simplifies the law and answers your everyday legal and business questions.
Are you a big gamer and stuck on a level? Check out U-Cheat, which is full of cheat codes and hints for all your favorite games.
Like pretty photos but don’t want to shell out for Photoshop? PicMonkey is a powerful, free web-based photo editor. For enthusiastic amateurs, it’s the fun of Photoshop without all the fuss.
Turn reading into an interactive experience. Want to learn all the books set in Paris? Want to know if that café in your James Patterson novel is a real place? If you’re a book lover, SmallDemons is your mecca. Well, after the library, of course.
What time should you go to sleep? Sleepyti.me has the answer. Input the time you want to wake up, and it tells you when you should hit the sack. If you’re sleepy and want to know when you should get up, it tells you that too.
Heading out to the movies is always a fun time – unless you miss important plot points because you had to use the restroom. Runpee tells you when you should go, and what happens while you’re in the bathroom.
Want to keep your brain sharp? NowIKnow emails you an interesting story each day, like the fact that carrots used to be purple.
Instead of watching the same Friends re-run every night, why not try something educational? UnplugtheTV curates videos that entertain as much as they teach, so you can learn something new as you scarf down your pizza.
This self-explanatory tool tells you if your favorite website is down for everyone or…well, you get the drill.
Have you ever downloaded a new version of a software only to discover you preferred the old one? Get the OldVersion back here.
We all love saving money. If you’re shopping on Amazon, CamelCamelCamel will help you out by tracking prices of the items you want.
16. Khan Academy.
Want to learn how to code? Need to brush up on long division? Khan Academy has free courses on any subject you can imagine – great for you or a teenage friend who needs some tutoring.
Do you hate certain websites because of all the visual clutter? Readability is a mobile and web app that gets rid of all that for you, providing you with a pleasant reading experience.
How many times have you skipped accessing a website because you didn’t want to provide your personal information? BugMeNot shares logins, so you can get what you need without exposing yourself to endless spam.
Can’t find a shared login on BugMeNot? Mailinator, which gives you a temporary email address, is another decent alternative.
We know you’re reading a lot more this year, but what happens when you’ve read through all of your friend’s book recommendations? Input a beloved book or author on WhatShouldIReadNext, and it tells you exactly that.
Don’t you hate when you buy an item on Amazon, and you need $3.04 to get free shipping? Instead of buying another big-ticket item, check out FillerItem for something that costs you just enough so you can get free shipping – it’ll probably be something you need, too.
We’ve all been there. You’re having a conversation with a friend, and you suddenly forget the word that you need. Avoid awkward lulls in conversation with TipOfMyTongue, which helps you find out exactly what word it is you were thinking of.
Do you? Find out at this self-explanatory website.
Don’t know what to make for dinner? Input the ingredients you have on hand and SuperCook will find a recipe for you.
Think the latest Billboard hit sounds familiar, but can’t remember why? Find out what song it samples at WhoSampled - the ultimate database of samples, cover songs and remixes.
26. Environmental Working Group Skin Deep.
We read all the ingredients in the things we put in our body, but what about on it? Find out if your cosmetics contain any potentially harmful ingredients.
Books are great, but they can add up. Get access to a host of titles in the public domain (i.e. free) at Project Gutenberg.
If ants travel in a straight line, expect rain. If you want a cat to jump onto your lap, don’t make eye contact with it. Learn these and other handy tidbits at Rules of Thumb.
If you’re a tea connoisseur, you won’t need this website. If you aren’t, you probably didn’t know that you need to steep different kind of teas for different times. Learn how to get the best taste here.
Like Khan Academy, AcademicEarth is a great tool to learn practically anything you want, for free. Unlike Khan Academy, you don’t have to log into AcademicEarth or track your progress – learn what you want, when you want it.
Don’t want to pay for a ringtone? Hate all the options you have available? Customize your own at Myxer.
If you need to time yourself and only have your computer available, EggTimer is for you. Just put in the time you need and go about your day – it beeps when it’s done.
WolframAlpha is the search engine for numbers. Insert a complicated mathematical equation to learn the answer, or simply put in a keyword to learn any numerical data based on it.
If you’ve ever switched to your phone to post a Facebook update because you wanted to add an emoji, CopyPasteCharacter is for you. The free website allows you to copy-paste hundreds of special characters, from the Copyright symbol to accented to letters to colored emojis.
Do you use a lot of charts for work? LovelyCharts allows you to easily create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc in a simple format.
Do you have a friend who constantly tells you he/she never received your email? Learn the truth with GetNotify, a free service that notifies you when your email is read. The best part? It’s invisible, so your recipient doesn’t know that the email is being tracked.
Have you ever encountered a company that only accepts faxes in 2014? If you do but don’t own a fax machine, FaxZero allows you to send faxes for free in the United States. The basic free service limits you to 3 pages and 2 transmissions a day plus adds an ad-ridden cover page, while $1.99 gets you no cover page and a maximum of 15 pages. However, you can’t receive faxes – so if you need to do both frequently, try MyFax, which lets you send and receive faxes for $10/month.
If mind mapping helps you brainstorm, try out Bubbl, which allows you to create simple mind maps absolutely free. Not a mindmapper? Learn why you should be here.
Bored of your regularly scheduled Internet programming? Insert your favorite website, and this one will find SimilarSites you can enjoy.
Love free Kindle books but have trouble finding them? Use HundredZeros.com, which directs you to popular free Kindle books. As long as you have a Kindle or can download the free app onto one of your devices, you can use this website.
Think you might have a virus? Jotti scans any sketchy email attachments to keep your computer and your data safe.
Do you have a favorite website that’s often down due to heavy traffic? Can’t get on to see a much-hyped news event? Access the site using CoralCDN.
Use this website to pick a random number, flip a coin, pick a card and more.
Don’t bother downloading a PDF you need to edit – do it online with PDFEscape.
Need a great font for your new website? Check out Google’s collection of open source fonts, all optimized for the web.
Can’t remember the name of a song? Hum or sing it, and Midomi will tell you. The website also features an online music store and some lovely covers of famous songs.
Bored at work? Take a fun break by ‘painting’ something online at Kleki. You could always paint something nearby to improve your observation skills.
46. Adobe Kuler.
Use Adobe Kuler to create color palettes or download new ones. You can also extract colors from your own photos.
Want to send a private note to someone? PrivNotes self-destruct after being read.
Is your “Dream Home” board the most active on Pinterest? Do you enjoy flipping through home design magazines, even if you have no plans to remodel your home yet? Use HomeStyler to remodel your home or design it from scratch – all in 3D.
Don’t want to forget to take Fido to the vet each month, or to call your mom every week? Set up email reminders with Alertful and never forget again.
Want to know exactly where your package is? Use Boxoh, which tracks your shipment using Google Maps.
Need a temporary webpage for an exhibition or family reunion? Create a webpage that self-destructs when you want it to with DisposableWebpage.
Whether you need to send someone directions or want to display your business locations, ScribbleMaps has got your back. Just draw your own map with Google Maps integration.
Use SXC to browse and download over 400,000 stock photos – absolutely free.
Use this bookmarklet to highlight text on any website and share it easily.
Are you the designated minute-taker for all your meetings? Minutes.io simplifies all aspects of this task, from the important decisions made to sending the minutes to attendees afterwards.
Ever heard a story and wondered if it’s really true? Look it up on Snopes, the Mythbusters for the Internet generation.
Do you want to send Tweets that are longer than 140 characters? TallTweets breaks up long text, or sends it all at once as an image.
Find a timeline on a subject or create your own using audio, video and images.
Ifttt stands for “If this then that,” and is a simple way to create automatic connections between your online accounts. For example, “If someone tags me in an Instagram post, email me that photo.”
60. Google History.
Can’t find the link you Googled before? As long as you have a Google account, you can look through your own search history. Don’t worry – it’s password-protected, so only you can log on.
Never spend hours on hold again. Enter the company name in NoPhoneTrees to learn what buttons to press to talk to a real person.
Like Spotify, you can use Grooveshark to listen to ‘stations’ or specific songs. Unlike Spotify, you don’t have to create an account.
Can’t concentrate at the office? Use white noise to block out distractions at SimplyNoise.
Playing at the office when the box walks in? Switch to MSOutLookIt so you look like you’re checking your work email.
Use this Internet ruler for your measuring needs.
Chandoo is a blog that teaches you Microsoft Excel, a useful professional skill that surprisingly few people know.
Does the Finance section of the Wall Street Journal confuse you to no end? Try Investopedia, a blog that teaches you about stocks, taxes and more in normal language.
When you have a few hours to make a presentation, PowerPoints can be complicated. Try Prezi instead, which creates memorable presentations with a fraction of the effort.
Download Prey onto your phone, tablet or PC and save it for a rainy day. When one of your devices is stolen, Prey helps you protect your data and find the thief.
70. PDF Geni.
Can’t find the instruction manual for your broken VCR? Look it up on PDF search engine PDF Geni.
Love social media but sick of all the clutter? Use Cloze to streamline your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and email accounts, so you can connect with the people who matter.
When you want to recharge at work, DoNothingFor2Minutes at this relaxing website.
Whether you want to up your IKEA game or need to revamp some old furniture you no longer, IkeaHackers is packed with cool projects for your home.
Having trouble finding a long-lost roommate or loved one? Pipl is one of the most powerful search-engines to find people, and supports reverse look-up with someone’s email address, username or phone number as well.
Want to watch movies and TV shows legally, but bored of Netflix and Hulu? Crackle has lots of video content – mostly made by SONY. While the selection can be limited, Crackle is completely free, which gives the service a big advantage.
Use this popular website to find a detailed review of almost any zip code in the US, such as percentage of renters or the number of sex offenders who live there.
Hate turning on your TV to watch your favorite show, only to learn that it’s a re-run this week? Find out in advance if it is at ReRunCheck.
Want to save money on entertainment, but don’t love your library’s collection? Register at Wowbrary to be notified when your library receives new books, movies and music.
Ever wished you could replace your post office box with a digital version? Zumbox lets you do just that.
Use EchoSign to get legally binding signatures on contracts without ever printing a single page.
WikiBooks is a collection of online textbooks that anyone can edit. Whether you’re in grad school or eager to become an expert in a new topic, scour WikiBooks for free educational resources.
Download LogMeIn on your computer, and you’ll be able to access it from any Internet-connected computer in the world.
Have trouble reading 52 books a year, let alone one? Select a book of your choosing at DailyLit, and a time you want to read it. The website will give you snippets of the book via email or RSS until you finish it.
Have you ever tried to teach your mom how to use Facebook or plan a trip with your friends? Next time, use Surfly to share a website. It generates a unique link, so your friend can see exactly what you’re seeing.
Nowadays, people love using GIFs to react to the Internet. So find the exact GIF you’re looking for at Giphy, a powerful search engine exclusively for GIFs.
RxList is the Internet Drug Index. Learn all about what the pills you’re taking actually do. It even has a feature that helps you identify your pills, in case you mix two up by mistake.
Want to learn all about your next vacation destination? Get advice from real people – tourists and locals alike – to learn all about where to go, what to do, and what to skip at this online community.
Add a QR code to your document, and any updates you make will automatically be made to previous versions you’ve shared. Learn more about the service here.
Whether you want to watch a livestream event or create your own, Livestream is the place to go.
Need an icon in your presentation or websites? Use IconFinder, which has both free and paid icon sets.
If you’ve ever wanted to create your own music, NoteFlight lets you compose sheet music directly from your browser.
Do you often send yourself text message reminders? Schedule them in advance at OhDon’tForget.
Trade in your old electronics for cash.
Like OhDon’tForget, but for emails. Pre-schedule emails to send from your own address.
Love the wake-up calls you get in hotels? WakerUpper has them for free, and you can even schedule a message too. Try using it to get out of a bad date.
Bored of ESPN? Total Pro Sports is the go-to news site for the wackier side of sports, from catfished athletes to skateboarding priests.
Love fantasy football? Get up-to-the-minute news on your players at Rotoworld.
Stuck in a cell phone plan you hate? Use CellSwapper to sell your plan or swap out with someone else.
99. The Nicest Place on the Internet.
Having a rough day? Go to the nicest place on the Internet for an quick pick-me-up.
100. How Secure Is My Password?
How long would it take for a PC to hack into your accounts? Find out at this secure website.
What do you think, Superheroes? Did we miss your favorite website? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!
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Written by Sasha Graffagna