About wikiHow

In this Article:Why should you choose wikiHow first?Who partners with wikiHow?How serious are we about our mission?What happens when you try to help everyone?wikiHow is a 2019 Forbes Small GiantWhy do people contribute to wikiHow?How did wikiHow come to be?What are wikiHow's other values?

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wikiHow is a worldwide collaboration of thousands of people focused on one goal: teaching anyone in the world how to do anything.

Everything you read on wikiHow was written by someone who wanted to help someone else.

Why should you choose wikiHow first?

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    Why should you choose wikiHow first? Because we put our hearts into giving you the most helpful how-to guides on the Internet. Most publishers have just one lonely author crank out an article and call it good. In contrast, the average wikiHow article has been edited by 23 people and reviewed by 16 people.

    Look for articles with the green checkmark as those articles received an additional layer of review. When you see the green expert checkmark on a medical article, you know an actual doctor reviewed a version of it. Similarly, veterinarians review our pet articles and lawyers review legal articles. Find a list of wikiHow's Medical, Legal, Financial and other Expert Article Reviewers here.

    We don’t stop there. We’re constantly improving what you see on wikiHow. We monitor the feedback readers leave on each article. If an article is accurate but incomprehensible, we rewrite it. If our illustrations don’t simplify the complex, we redraw them. In fact the average wikiHow article gets changed 9 times per year. Even after readers shower an article with praise, we find ways to make it even better. We never stop.

    So you see, wikiHow isn’t just the work of one person. It’s the combined effort of many. Thousands of volunteers, the largest team of illustrators on the web, hundreds of photographers, and over 100 credentialed experts are continually working and reworking articles till they are the most helpful and reliable how-to guides on the web.

Who partners with wikiHow?

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    wikiHow is a proud partner of Amazon. For access to tens of thousands of wikiHow articles, just ask your Alexa device “how to” do anything.

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    wikiHow is a proud partner of Direct Relief. Direct Relief is an award-winning humanitarian aid organization that works with wikiHow to verify critical health and safety content.

    wikiHow is a proud partner of Facebook Free Basics. Over 100 million people in the developing world have benefitted from wikiHow's free educational content since 2014.

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    wikiHow is a proud partner of Newsela. Newsela reframes instructional, educational content from wikiHow and delivers it in an engaging and relevant way for students of all ages and reading levels.

How serious are we about our mission?

What happens when you try to help everyone?

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  • wikiHow is the world's leading how-to website. Comscore ranks wikiHow in the top 150 most visited publishers in the world.
  • wikiHow is an award-winning website. We’ve won multiple awards, including a Webby Award for Community and the Co-Creation award in the Open Innovation competition, by The Guardian and Nesta. We’ve also been favorably referenced in: The New York Times, BBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, ABC, CBS, Fox, Forbes, The Times of India, CBC, The Guardian, USA Today, The New Zealand Herald, and more.
  • wikiHow is often referenced in pop culture. Film and TV include: The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Parenthood, and The Identity Thief (movie). Celebrities including: Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Garner (on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), and Chrissy Teigen have shared how they used wikiHow.
  • wikiHow changes lives. At least 4 babies have been born in an emergency situation using a wikiHow article. Has wikiHow impacted your life? Tell us!

wikiHow is a 2019 Forbes Small Giant

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    wikiHow works with a small but mighty team to make a huge global impact. We are honored to have been selected as a Forbes Small Giant for our dedication to greatness over growth and people over profit. Read more about wikiHow’s journey to helping everyone on the planet.

Why do people contribute to wikiHow?

How did wikiHow come to be?

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    Jack Herrick founded wikiHow in 2005, fueled by the same educational mission that guides the site today. To ensure the company achieved this mission over the long term, Jack refused venture capital funding and opportunities to sell the company to larger publicly traded corporations. wikiHow remains a hybrid organization, a for-profit company focused on achieving a socially positive mission. wikiHow is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and also maintains a few remote offices.

What are wikiHow's other values?

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    wikiHow’s core mission is to empower every person on the planet to learn how to do anything. We want to help people learn, first and foremost. wikiHow's other values guide how we pursue that mission:
  • We are open and we like to share. We encourage anyone to contribute to our guides. We use a Creative Commons license for our articles, to encourage others to share them. We develop on open source software we share freely under the GPL license.
  • We strive to ensure our only impact on the world is a positive one. To that end, we are a carbon-neutral company.
  • We want to help people offline, as well as online. We support various nonprofit partners in an attempt to further our educational mission.

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