WikiHow

wikiHow
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wikiHow Main Page in December, 2019
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Wiki-format how-to manual
Available in19[1] languages
List of languages
English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Czech, Japanese, Indonesian, Arabic, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, Turkish, Persian
Headquarters,
United States
Area servedWorldwide
Created byJack Herrick and Josh Hannah
Key peopleElizabeth Douglas (CEO)
Jack Herrick (Founder)
URLwww.wikihow.com/Main-Page
CommercialYes ("hybrid organization")
RegistrationOptional, but required for certain tasks
LaunchedJanuary 15, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-01-15)
Current statusActive

Wikihow (styled as wikiHow) is an online wiki-style community consisting of an extensive database of how-to guides. Founded in 2005 by Internet entrepreneur Jack Herrick, wikiHow is a hybrid organization, a for-profit company run for a social mission.[2][3] wikiHow software is open source[4] and its text content is released under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license.[5][6] wikiHow states that it was inspired by Wikipedia, but it is not related to Wikimedia/Wikipedia in any way.[7] Both organizations use the free and open-source MediaWiki software.[7]

The website aims to create the world's most helpful how-to instructions to enable everyone in the world to learn how to do anything.[8][9]

In February, 2005, wikiHow had over 35.5 million unique visitors.[10] As of January 2020, wikiHow contains more than 212,000 free how-to articles and over 2.1 million registered users.[11] On April 11, 2010, a wikiHow article titled "How to Lose Weight Fast" reached 5 million page views, a first for the site. "How to Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Windows" is the site's most popular article.[12]

  1. ^ "wikiHow:Language Projects - wikiHow". www.wikihow.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "wikiHow:Hybrid Organization". wikiHow. Retrieved February 21, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Demarais, Christina. "WikiHow's Recipe for Success". Inc. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jack Herrick, wikiHow founder interviewed by Wikinews". Wikinews. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Rojer, Rebecca. "wikiHow Reaches 25,000 Articles". Creative Commons. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "wikiHow:Creative Commons". wikiHow. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "wikiHow:Powered and Inspired by MediaWiki". wikiHow. Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  8. ^ de Leon, Pamella. "The Weird (And Sometimes Wonderful) World Of WikiHow: Crowdsourcing Online Info On Everything". Entrepreneur Middle East. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "wikiHow:Mission". wikiHow. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "wikiHow:History of wikiHow - wikiHow". www.wikihow.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "2019: The Year in Review". wikiHow.
  12. ^ "wikiHow:Statistics - wikiHow". www.wikihow.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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