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The Most Helpful Websites Online

Updated on January 15, 2020

Ever Need A Fast Answer Online?

Don't even answer that question. Occasionally, we all need help. Sometimes, there is just no one to call, no one to email, or no one to text - to quickly answer a question. Once in a while, you just need help in a hurry! I would like to have returned to me, all the hours I have spent trying to get an answer online, to a very simple question. Since I have found some extremely helpful websites over the years, I thought I might just pass them along.

Do you want to know if a website is really down, or your computer is merely exhibiting bizarre behavior? How about the diacritical marks that you can use on your keyboard? Want to know how to translate some words into a different language? How about gathering ingredients for a recipe? What time is it, halfway across the world? What do those initials stand for, anyway?


I have used these SO many times!
I have used these SO many times!

Unable to access website

How many times have you received this message? "Unable to display webpage, or unable to connect to server" or "unable to do anything online at the moment"? Just kidding about the last one...

Frustrating, isn't it? Even if HubPages or your bank website is down, how do you find out? If you want to know if it's your computer, or if the site is down for everyone, go to the link below, type in the URL of the site you want to know about, and you'll know!

Is the website down for everyone, or just for me?

Down Right Now? This is another terrific one, for some of the most commonly used websites.


So simple, yet so many do not know how to find it.
So simple, yet so many do not know how to find it.

Do you know your computer's IP address?

Have you ever needed to find out your IP address? For those who are not "computer geeks", it can be a frustrating experience. Some people do not even know what an "IP address" is, much less, know how to find it. The link below, will tell you!

What is my computer's IP address?

Helpful in a pinch for finding the proper translation.
Helpful in a pinch for finding the proper translation.

Words in other languages...

Did you ever want to know or need to know how to say something in another language? Here are some free links, that have helped me a lot. You'll find one that will be your favorite!

Free Language Translator

Free Online Translator

Free Translator

Systranet Translator

Free Langenberg Translator Many options, here...

Or, simply go to "Google Translate", to translate a few words, or an entire document.

What time is it in Hong Kong or Buenos Aires?
What time is it in Hong Kong or Buenos Aires?

World Time Zones

How many times have you wanted to know what time it is, in another country, or within the U.S.? With a daughter living overseas, and customers all over the world, I have wanted to know the time in other countries - a lot! These links have helped me...

USA Time Zones and Temperatures

World Clock Time and Date

World Time Conversion

What do those letters stand for?
What do those letters stand for?

Those letters stand for WHAT?

Do you agonize over some of those acronyms? Whether they are called abbreviations, Initialisms, alphabetisms, or acronyms - they can be aggravating!

Want to know what they stand for? Need to look one up? Here are a few good places to start...

USPS Abbreviations

Degrees Abbreviations

All Acronyms Website

Who called me? What is the area code for Topeka, Kansas? How do I call Germany?
Who called me? What is the area code for Topeka, Kansas? How do I call Germany?

Telephone Related Help

Would you like to find out what 800 numbers are annoying you? Would you like a place to report them? Have a number on your caller ID you don't recognize? Would you like to find someone's number? Need an area code, an international calling code, or simply want to know what vicinity is calling you? Look below, for helpful sites to access that information.

AnyWho Here, you can look up phone numbers by name, or name by phone numbers using their reverse look-up feature. I find this one indispensable.

Area Code Lookup #1

Area Code Lookup #2

Area Code Lookup #3 These three are a convenient way to look up US and Canada area codes...

Country Calling Codes

Wikipedia List of International Codes

How do I make those special characters?
How do I make those special characters?

Help and FUN with your computer keyboard

Ever want to add a degree sign, or a copyright sign, or a fraction? This link has the basic keyboard functions that you need to do it.

I have used the first link hundreds of times, and it has saved me a lot of hunting, to keep it in "My Favorites".

Accent and Diacritical Marks

Alt Codes Org List

How to Use Windows Character Map

Special Facebook Characters Using Alt Codes

Where to dine and what's on the menu?
Where to dine and what's on the menu?

Eating Out? Try these resources...

It's nice to know what's on the menu at a particular restaurant, isn't it? What are their hours, and where are they located? This is great, especially if you are out of town. Rather than rely on the advice of the hotel, or the locals, you can see for yourself what is available in the vicinity. I find the links extremely useful, for dining out right in our neighborhood.

Trip Advisor


All Menus

Local Dining

Menu Search

Menu Pages - At the top, change to city of your choice...

These should be enough to help you find a restaurant, with cuisine to please your palate!

Where is that in the Word?
Where is that in the Word?

Scripture References

How many times have you wanted to look up a scripture reference, fast - but your concordance wasn't around? Ever feel the frustration of having one elude you? I have! These links have been invaluable....

Bible Gateway

Bible Lookup

Life Gate Baptist Church Verse Look Up

You will be enlightened, if not shocked, but the figures!
You will be enlightened, if not shocked, but the figures!

United States National Debt

I find this link to be helpful, although it may simply cause many of our readers to cringe. In my opinion, it is important to be aware of the state of our nation, and the national debt plays a huge role in determining that.

The page is in real-time, and serves as a barometer for the financial health of our country.

Once in a while, I refer to it, just to keep myself up-to-date. I am grateful someone showed it to me, years ago, and hope you will find it informative, too!

U.S. Debt Clock

I need a recipe!
I need a recipe!

What's for Dinner? How do I make it?

How many times have you wanted to pick up ingredients for a meal you'd like to make, but you just can't remember everything in the recipe? Have you ever wanted to try a dish you heard about, but you don't have a clue how to start? These will help...

All We've used this one, the most.

Heritage Recipes

Old Fashioned Cooking

Grams to ounces? Euros to dollars?
Grams to ounces? Euros to dollars?

Online Conversions

Do you ever need to know how to convert from grams to milligrams, Celsius to Fahrenheit, from the currency of your country to the currency of another, fractions to decimals, pounds to kilograms, or anything else? These sites can help...

XE Universal Currency

Coin Mill

The Money Converter For US and Europe.

You will NEED these instructions if you own one of these watches!
You will NEED these instructions if you own one of these watches!

How To Set "On-Time" Talking Atomic Watch

If you only knew how long it took me, to find the proper instructions, online, for setting this watch. We have a lot of senior citizens, who come into our retail establishment, frustrated to the point of despair - trying to reset the various functions of the "On-Time" Talking Atomic Watch. They don't want to be awakened in the middle of the night with its alarm, or wondering what time it really is, because they don't know how to set the time zone. We accommodate them, and set the watch properly. Then, we take it home with us overnight to make certain that the settings hold, and return the watch to them - no charge. They are always immensely grateful, and that is an understatement! The instructions are from the Independent Living Website but on a link of our own, just in case the other website changes...

How to Set Your "On-Time" Atomic Watch

Should you happen to own one of these watches, and apparently thousands of people do, please refer to the instructions in the link above. Print the document out, and save it. Your frustrations will be over, or at least the frustrations concerning trying to decipher the settings on the "On-Time" Atomic Watch, will end. Forget searching online, it's a nightmare!

...and THIS one, which is NOT online

The United States Government Internet Directory, 2014
The United States Government Internet Directory, 2014

For anything you want to find out about the government's websites, this is the directory of choice. Everything is categorized in a clear, logical manner with website links and contact information included.

How many times have you tried to find a specific government agency's website or contact information, and simply spend a lot of wasted time with no results?

Our article here is about the most helpful websites online, but we thought we would include a directory that you can view at your leisure.


Photo credits: All images here were made by the author. - E. Tack

Can you add some helpful sites?

© 2010 Emily Tack

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    • Shades-of-truth profile imageAUTHOR

      Emily Tack 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Padmajah!

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      Padmajah Badri 

      4 years ago from India

      I super like this Hub..Thank you so much for the valuable information ..

      Happy Writing

    • Shades-of-truth profile imageAUTHOR

      Emily Tack 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you, aesta1! I use those two sources, too - a lot! I need to add them - look for updates!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Some of these I use, too, but you have given more good references that I'm sure will be handy. I use AllRecipes, too, and Trip Adviser for restaurants.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      5 years ago from London

      What a great idea. I see you have the same idea as I had when I started out i.e. to use these sites to bookmark all those other sites we want to be able to recall fast when we need them!

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      7 years ago

      Great work.Great lens.

    • curious0927 profile image


      8 years ago

      I would love to contribute. Have to search a little before I do. I love, love, love this lens. Simplicity is the key to less frustration. Who needs more frustration! I've found my life line! This lens! Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      Very extensive and helpful. Your generosity to spend time referring other lensmasters' works is so amazing!

    • Lynne-Modranski profile image

      Lynne Modranski 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      You hit most of mine already and others I google when I need them, like "what is my url?" - sometimes that's handy to know and "what domain do I use to send a text to a cell phone from my e-mail?" - At any rate, wonderful compilation you have here! Great job!


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