Ehow.com is a how-to site with articles and videos explaining how to do almost anything. Users can search for articles or browse for articles via hundreds of categories. Registered users can comment on the how-to articles they read as well as contribute content themselves. The site contains how-to articles on virtually any subject, and forums allow users to request how-to articles on a given topic. There are some social networking aspects to the site, such as profiles, friends and messaging.
Users can contribute content to the site in one of two ways. The first method is to simply sign up as a writer and contribute content. The second method is to sign up as a member of the WCP (Writer’s Compensation Program), which allows the user to earn income based on how many times their articles are viewed by other members. Members can also become Experts on the site in their area of knowledge.
Ehow.com was launched in its present form in January 2003. The site is currently owned by Bellevue, WA-based Demandmedia. The site contains over 500,000 articles and videos containing instructions on how to do things.
Competition to Ehow comes from sites such as Instructables, About.com and WikiHow. The Instuctables site is more video-oriented than Ehow, but does not have as large a userbase. The About.com site has a larger userbase, but has more informational subject content than how-to articles. The WikiHow site contains how-tos in the form of Wikis, which are edited by multiple people. The Ehow site contains the largest database of strictly how-to articles on the Internet.
The Ehow site has a clean, uncluttered look. The site is well laid out, and navigation is intuitive and obvious. Page loads are very quick, and the site is quite responsive overall. The site has a convenient top menu bar for navigation which is shown on all pages of the site. The tabs on the top menu bar include Home, How Tos, Videos, Write, Resources, Community, and My Profile. There is also a search bar shown on all pages on the site which allows the database of how to articles to be searched by keyword. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration at the Ehow site is free and is required in order to comment on how-tos, add friends, send messages or contribute content. The registration process asks for screen name, password, first and last name, email address, date of birth and gender. Validation of the email address is not required.
Registration is free and there is no premium membership to the Ehow site available.
The Ehow site is recommended to anyone who is searching for a how-to article on a given subject. Over half of the articles on the site are written by professionals in their fields, and there is a how-to article available on the site on almost any subject imaginable. Most of the articles are well written, with clear, concise instructions. The site is also recommended to people who would like to participate in the community via the forums, friends and messaging in order to gain knowledge in a particular area or contribute their own knowledge. Writers who choose to participate in the WCP program can even earn an income from their contributions.