Now that we’ve introduced you to Lifehacker and reviewed its pros and cons, let’s start life hacking with Lifehacker! This tutorial will give you a tour of Lifehacker.com, and explain the main page, how to search for lifehacking articles, how to access Lifehacker YouTube content, and how you can make the most out of your time exploring Lifehacker.
How to Use Lifehacker.com
The home page
The Lifehacker home page is your main source for all of the best Lifehacker content. To begin a Lifehacker session, open your web browser and visit www.lifehacker.com. Try browsing around until you find something that looks interesting to you. To read any Lifehacker article, simply move your cursor over a story and click on it.
At the top of the home page, you will see three new stories that Lifehacker has chosen to feature. Click on any of these to view the article. If you’re looking for something else, scroll down, and continue scrolling as far as you like. Most of your screen will scroll through story after story; at any time, you can click on a story to view it.
Down the left side of your screen as you scroll, a smaller section will show you articles that you may like, and what’s currently “Popular” on Lifehacker. You can click on an article in these categories as well to view it. When you reach the bottom of the page, click More Stories to be taken to another, identical page that you can scroll through.
From the home page, you can also see the author of any article, and when the article was posted. Click on the author’s name to see their profile, contact information, and other articles written by that author.
You can also immediately “recommend” an article by clicking the grey star next to it. This will enhance the chances of this author’s post being viewed on Lifehacker. You can also click the speech bubble next to an article to be taken immediately to the replies to that post, if there are any.
Reading Lifehacker tutorial pages
After clicking on any article to view it, you’re on your way to getting the most out of Likehacker. Scroll down to read through an article that will teach you something to make your life easier. Some articles may also include a video; click the play symbol in the centre of it to begin playback to watch a helpful instructional video.
Most entries on Lifehacker are short, so when you’ve finished reading one, there are a couple of things that you can do. As with the home page, you can click on the star to recommend the blog post, and the speech bubble to view the replies. You will also find a list of recommended stories at the bottom of the article that are related to the same topic that you were just viewing. Simply click on one to view it.
On the left side of the screen, you will see other recent posts from the author of the article that you are currently viewing. Click on a story to view it. If you like the article that you read, and want to share it with your friends, click the Facebook/Twitter Share buttons at the bottom of the screen. Spread the life-hacking knowledge!
Lifehacker has a search function that allows you to find content if you’re looking for something specific. Click on the magnifying glass in the top-left corner of the webpage, next to the menu button. A search box will open up, where you can type in the term that you are looking for. Type your phrase and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
From there, you can scroll through the blog to find articles related to what you’re looking for. To view any article, simply click on it.
The Lifehacker menu
Because Lifehacker is a blog, it doesn’t function in quite the same way as a typical website. You can use the home page to find articles, and you can search for content, but for the most part, a blog is meant to be browsed and read. Lifehacker does have a menu button in the top-left corner of the page (it looks like three bars), and if you click on it, you can access related blogs, or blogs that you may like.
Related blogs are sub-blogs of Lifehacker where all of the entries fit within one theme or category. One example of this is “Two Cents,” a blog that focuses on finances, investing, and budgeting. To access any of these blogs, click on the menu button, and then click on the name of the blog you’d like to browse.
Blogs you may like are other blogs in the same family as Lifehacker. There are nine blogs in total owned by the same parent company, all focusing on different aspects of life. In addition to Lifehacker, there are blogs like Kotaku, which focuses on gaming culture, or Jezebel, the blog for contemporary women. To access any of these blogs, click on the menu button, and then click the name of the blog you’d like to check out.
Lifehacker on Youtube
Lifehacker has over 800 videos on its YouTube channel that you can view to see quick life hacks, longer in-depth guides, or their “Tip Tester” series. This series of videos features two members of the Lifehacker team testing hacks right in front of your eyes. You can access these for free on the Lifehacker channel at www.youtube.com/user/lifehacker. Click on any video to start watching, or visit our tutorial on how to use YouTube for help watching YouTube videos.
The Lifehacker newsletter
Lifehacker.com updates their website multiple times a day, constantly adding new stories. Because the website is consistently changing, one of the best ways to keep up-to-date on the newest stories that you want to read is the Lifehacker newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter, and you will receive an email every day at 4:00 PM with the latest top stories on Lifehacker.com
To subscribe to the newsletter, go to lifehacker.com/newsletter. You can also go to the Lifehacker website and scroll down under the top stories. Locate the box on the left that says “Want Lifehacker’s email newsletter?”, click inside the box labelled "Add Your Email Address", and type in your email address. Then click Subscribe. You will now receive the Lifehacker daily newsletter.
To unsubscribe from the Lifehacker newsletter, scroll to the bottom of your email newsletter and click unsubscribe in the grey box.
That’s the basic rundown on how to use Lifehacker. Check out our next article where we break down the best five websites like Lifehacker, so you can keep up-to-date on the best life hacks to help keep your life simple and easy.