Welcome to Lifehacker! Whether you are the first or the thousandth, you might want to browse our archives a bit. Here’s a helpful index of helpful posts, categories, and tricks to find what you’re looking for.
If you’d like to go directly to the index section, click one of the links below:
- Section One: Lifehacker 101
- Section Two: How to Find Any Post on Lifehacker
- Section Three: Popular Categories
- Section four: repeating functions
- Section 5: Lifehacker Subblogs
- Section Six: How to Contribute to Lifehacker
Section One: Lifehacker 101
If you are here for the first time, you are welcome ! Here at Lifehacker, we cover a variety of topics, from productivity tips and tricks to downloads for all platforms, savings strategies, and smart use of household items. We also use these tricks – or “life hacks” – over time, which means that if you haven’t come across a particular tool or trick before, you might feel a little lost.
With that in mind, here is a short list of posts that serve as an “introduction” to Lifehacker and what we all do.
- Hack Your Life in One Day: A Beginner’s Guide to Productivity : If you’ve never visited Lifehacker before, this post is a great place to start. It covers some of the tools and techniques we use the most, from backing up your computer to creating strong passwords and taking more accurate notes about … well, everything in your life.
- Back to the basics: How to simplify your to-do list and make it useful again : After all, Lifehacker strives to be more productive so you can spend more time doing what you love. And one of the cornerstones of productivity is an ever-disappointing to-do list. If you’re looking to be a more productive person, this is a great place to start.
- Create Your Own Productivity Style By Blending The Best : We’ve always been influenced by people who create their own intense productivity systems like David Allen’s GTD system or the popular Pomodoro technique . This article discusses the basics of some of these systems and you can create your own.
- Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know and 10 Best Technical Skills Everyone Should Have : Both of these lists are great starting points for the most important computer tricks to help you become more secure and productive (and contain links to many other posts).
- 10 best MacGyver tricks that speak for themselves : it’s just a life hack at its best.
- Why We Hack: The Benefits of Disobedience : Hacking is often negative but can be positive. Hacking simply means finding a smart way to do something better. Sometimes it’s good and completely moral, for example, to find a faster way to view your inbox. In other cases, it is more morally questionable. But there is a gray area that we often cover – whether it’s ripping DVDs or making a hackintosh – that has positive benefits, even if they can be used for evil purposes. This post explains our philosophy behind these actions.
- In Defense of Life Hacking : Over the past few years, life hacking has become much more popular than it once was. Some people – including us, sometimes – have gone so far that we actually wasted more time than we saved. This article outlines some of the challenges you may face when trying to hack too much life and how to find that sweet spot.
This is also just the beginning. You can also find all kinds of introductory posts just by going to http://lifehacker.com/tag/101 . Whether you’re looking for a guide on how to back up your computer, how to set up your first budget, or how to access your computer from afar, you’ll probably find it there.
Section Two: How to Find Any Post on Lifehacker
If you’ve ever wondered, “Has Lifehacker ever posted a post to _____?” The answer may very well be yes, and there is an incredibly easy way to find out: search!
The search bar in the upper right corner usually works well enough, but by far the best way to find anything is to search Lifehacker on Google . To do this, simply add
site:lifehacker.com to any Google search term. For example, if you want to know what messages we have done in Evernote, you should search for:
website: lifehacker.com Evernote
And you will get a list of links from Lifehacker related to that topic. Watch the video above to demonstrate and even catch a glimpse of how to embed this right into your browser.
Section Three: Popular Categories
- Downloads (or more specificallyWindows downloads, Mac downloads, iOS downloads, andAndroid downloads )
- Windows , OS X , Linux , Android , iOS and Windows Phone
- Do it yourself
- Smart use
- Personal finance
- To save money
- Mind Hacks
You can also visit any Lifehacker post and hover over the appropriate tag next to the title to see all the tags in that post. Click on one to see other posts on this topic!
Section four: repeating functions
As in the previous section, there are also some tags that refer to the regular functions that we have in Lifehacker. Some of the more popular ones are:
- App Catalog : A list of our favorite apps in each category on each platform.
- Always up-to-date guides : our most popular guides that we do our best to keep up to date with the latest developments.
- Night School : Long, multi-part tutorials, usually introductions to a more in-depth topic or project.
- Ask Lifehacker : Where We Answer All Your Hot Questions
- Lifehacker Top 10 : Lists of popular tips, tricks, and posts we’ve done on a specific topic.
- Hive Five : Top five apps or tools in this category, according to our readers.
- How I work and develop the app : weekly interviews with our favorite tech and productivity heroes
- Ask an Expert : Weekly Q&A with experts on a wide variety of topics
- Lifehacker Podcast : Get a weekly dose of tips and tricks on the go!
- Technical support by e-mail : the basic instructions for those who are not versed in the technology in your life (and sometimes even for you!)
- Lifehacker U : A Quarterly Review of the Best Free Courses for Online Education
- Lifehacker Pack : Our Annual Roundup of Must-Have Apps on Each Platform
- From the Tips Window : A bi-weekly overview of tips submitted by a reader
You can also check out our best posts from each year to see some of the best posts in each category, which is a great way to catch up on Lifehacker’s last few years.
Section 5: Lifehacker Subblogs
We also have several additional blogs dedicated to their own specific topics. These blogs live on the lifehacker.com domain, but are otherwise separate blogs – you won’t see all of their posts on the Lifehacker homepage (although sometimes you might see one or two). So, if you want to keep up with them, you will definitely want to add them to your bookmark bar, subscribe to their RSS feeds, or subscribe to them on Twitter. Here’s a list of our current subblogs:
- Hackerspace : This is our completely reader-driven blog with tips, tricks and discussions from Lifehacker commentators (much like the old #tips and #openthread pages). If you would like to become an author, check out this post for more information. You can subscribe to their RSS feed here or follow them on Twitter at @HackerspaceBlog .
- Lifehacker After Hours : Find all sorts of lifehacks for NSFWs or other things that we wouldn’t normally post on the front page of Lifehacker. Sex, drugs, rock and roll – everything is fair here. Find out more about after hours in our introductory post and subscribe to the RSS feed here . You can also follow After Hours on Twitter at @LHAfterHours .
- Two cents : If you’re a personal finance freak, this subblog is for you. At Two Cents, we delve deeper into the world of budgeting, investing and saving money. Read our introductory post to find out more, subscribe to our RSS feed and follow Two Cents on Twitter to keep up.
- Workshop : DIYers Unite! The Workshop has tips, techniques, and guides for creating all kinds of awesome things. Find out more in our introductory post , subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow Workshop on Twitter for regular updates.
- Wayfarer : Whether you’re traveling the world or just traveling your home country, the Wayfarer can help you improve your travel experience with helpful tips. Read our introductory post to see what this is all about and to keep up with it, subscribe to our RSS feed or follow Wayfarer on Twitter .
This is a small list at the moment, but we have plans for the future. You can also view the full list of additional blogs by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Lifehacker logo on the front page.
Section Six: How to Contribute to Lifehacker
Sharing your inspiration is half the fun, and here at Lifehacker we love to see what smart ideas you come up with. So, if you’ve ever wanted to contribute, here are some ways to do it.
- Any advice for us? Whether it’s something fun you find online, a shortcut you discovered, or a hack you put together, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Have a question that you need an answer to? Send it to email@example.com for our Ask Lifehacker series (where we answer your questions) or to firstname.lastname@example.org for our What’s your problem series (where we ask your questions) readers).
- Do you have a longer guest post or how to share it? Submit it to email@example.com .
- Any suggestions for our fifth hive? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Want to show off your workspace? Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tagged workspace , or add it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool.
- Do you have any interesting tips for work or work? Read this post to learn how to become part of our How You Work series.
You can also start your own Kinja blog.
If you have a commentator account on Lifehacker, you already have your own Kinja blog and you can use it for just about anything. Your comments and any articles you share are automatically displayed there. More importantly, you can also write your own blog posts . So if you post a cool tip, trick or article on your blog, please let us know and it can be uploaded to Lifehacker. You can also add specific tags, such as How I Work, to share across one of our regular series, such as Recommended Desktop, Recommended Workspace, Home Screen, and How I Work “. Be sure to learn how to flag posts on Kinja .
Finally, as we mentioned above, Hackerspace is a full-fledged Kinja blog that is completely run by our readers. This is the place we check every day for interesting things to share with Lifehacker. Anyone can comment on Hackerspace posts, but you must be approved to be a contributor. This helps deter trolls and spammers. If you’re curious, check out the complete Hackerspace guide for more information.