Secret websites you may not have known about
Have you ever been referred to a website and asked yourself, “Where was this when I needed it?” Well, you’re not alone. I have done this multiple times and started to bookmark the ones I thought should be reviewed and shared. I hope you find at least one of these websites useful.
*tip* Use the dropdown table to view the selection.
1. Instructables – How-to’s
Instructables is a community for people who like to make things. Instructables are created by you. No matter who you are, we all have secret skills to share. Join the community of curious makers, innovators, teachers, and lifelong learners who love to share what they make. Find your happy place, and join one of the friendliest online communities anywhere.
2. Tiny Kiwi – image editor
TinyKiwi is an easy-to-use yet powerful image editor that helps you create beautiful images of your work to share with your landing pages, tutorials, blog posts, and social media audience and boost their engagement.
3. MIT Open Courseware – free courses
Get access to tons of free courses that are being taught in universities and colleges. OCW offers course content and materials related to a wide range of collections. MIT OpenCourseWare is an online publication of materials from over 2,500 MIT courses, freely sharing knowledge with learners and educators around the world.
4. Vocal Remover – Audio Editor
This free online application will help remove vocals from a song by creating karaoke. Once you choose a song, artificial intelligence will separate the vocals from the instrumental ones. You will get two tracks – a karaoke version of your song (no vocals) and an acapella version (isolated vocals). Despite the complexity and high cost of service, you can use it absolutely free. Processing usually takes about 10 seconds.
5. ‘;–have I been pwned? – privacy checker
“Have I been Pwned?” is a website that allows you to check if your email or phone number has been in a data breach. It is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach.
6. LOADING.IO – Animation creator
With Loading, you can create simple animations, loading patterns and backgrounds, and design progress bars. If you need simple animated visual elements, this is the tool for you.
loading.io is an online service provider for creating simple animations on the fly since 2014. Loading.io is provided by PlotDB Ltd., a company incorporated in 2017, and a small team based in Asia.
Join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens, Record audio for meetings conducted with participants, not in the same room. It is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.
8. Unscreen.com *One of my favorites* – Video Editor
A tool that allows you to remove backgrounds from video with just a few clicks. You can remove or change the background in any video or GIF. Free with limited options,
The Pro version is available.
9. Shortlyai.com – AI Writer
Get writing superpowers with an AI writing partner. At the click of a button, our AI can continue writing for you, help you get your thoughts on paper, and more.
10. Earth FM – audio soundscapes
Earth FM allows users to listen to natural soundscapes from around the globe.
Users can create their own playlists and offer sounds from national parks and the everglades.
11. Muscle Wiki – Health and Fitness
It will show you thousands of workouts to help you gain a muscular body. Something I could use to get rid of this Keg I have and turn it into a 6-pack.
12. summarize tech – Video to Text
Get a text summary of any long YouTube video, like a lecture, live event, or government meeting. Powered by GPT-3. It’s like SparkNotes for YouTube!
13. Fit Day – Health and Fitness
Fitday allows you to track your diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.
14. Smartmockups.com – Mockup Creator
Create professional mockups right inside your browser, even on the go. Forget about spending hours learning how to use Photoshop. Smartmockups enables you to create stunning high-resolution mockups right inside your browser within one interface across multiple devices.
15. pixabay.com – Free images
Looking for copyright-free images? Then Pixabay is your go-to place to get them. Get copyright-free images for your projects or website.
16. Renderforest – Branding
This branding platform allows you to create intro and music visualizations. You can search through customizable templates to find the ones you like. Just add your logo, tagline, and music, and then export!
17. Docsity – Education
Just type the name of your school or university and get access to all of their past exams, assignments, and homework.
Get some help with your studies.
18. Artvee – Art
A really cool website that allows you to discover and download ultra-high resolution for free.
You can search by artist, category, or keyword.
Great for the young minds today.
19. Midomi – music search
Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head and don’t actually know the words? This site allows you to find that tune simply by having you hum the tune to it and it’ll find it for you.
That earworm will be in your head WITH the lyrics now!
20. Zamzar – file converter
A universal file conversion website. It supports almost any file format including video, images, documents, and more.
21. Natural Reader – text to speech
Powerful Text-to-Speech for at home, work, or on the go.
This text-to-speech tool (TTL) converts any text to audio, allowing you to choose from a variety of voices and accents.
You can also download the audio file as an mp3 file so that you can listen to it anytime without having to have an internet connection.
22. Old Version – free old programs
OldVersion.com provides free software downloads for old versions of programs, drivers, and games.
So why not downgrade to the version you love?…. because newer is not always better!
23. Logo To Use – free logos
LogoToUse has over 120+ million logos that are completely free to use.
You can download any logo in LogoToUse and do whatever your hearts desire to them.
24. PDF Unlock – PDF File Unlocker
PDF Unlock is really helpful if you need to make changes to a protected PDF File. Once you enter the password you will get an unprotected PDF file to download.
25. Kamua – video editor
This amazing tool allows you to resize, cute, and caption videos for things like TikTok or Instagram reels. Transform your horizontal videos into dynamic vertical videos with this smart tool.
26. Mathway – education
This is a website for students who simply don’t like math.
The website is basically an algebra solver where users can enter their problem and it will solve it for them.
Yes, I think this is cheating also, but I won’t tell if you don’t.
27. Panzoid – video editor
Do you need video intros, outros, or end screens? This is a great website if you have a YouTube channel and need these types of video material for your content. There are hundreds of templates submitted by users on the website.
28. VirusTotal – virus checker
You can scan any file or URL for viruses and threats. It will scan your file with more than 50 antivirus checkers.
29. Imagator – image editor
Compress, convert, edit and resize your images No uploading. Files never leave your machine. Completely free and private.
No ads and no sign-up are required.
30. Mac’s Opinion
I couldn’t exclude this site of course! After all, I like to think it’s a powerful website too.
If you are anything like me and do a lot of Photoshopping and video editing I’m sure you’ll find a lot of these websites very useful and I recommend that you create a special Bookmark folder specifically just for them.
These websites seem to only get noticed by word of mouth. Some aren’t something that you intensionally look for but when you hear or see them you go, “Ooo! I like that. I need to check that site out!”
I hope you enjoy these types of posts. If you have a few websites that you think should be on this list, post them in the comments below. (No spam)