As a freelance web designer, I probably spend way to long looking at other peoples websites, but of course this means that I get to keep up with trends and technology in the web design world.

And, sometimes, amongst the good, the bad and the ugly, I come across some amazingly useful websites. Websites that are so obscure you probably never imagined they even existed. But they do, and here are a few of the best, amazingly useful websites.

1. 10 minute mail for when you need to sign up for access to another online service or website but don’t want to use your real email, or spend longer than necessary setting up a new email with one of the bigger providers. It lasts 10 minutes and you can quickly copy/past the temporary email address and read/reply to any emails sent (such as click to confirm your email address etc). If you’re slow you can click a link and add another 10 minutes before the email is blasted into the web black hole.

10 minute mail

10 minute mail

 

2. Amazon price tracker camelcamelcamel allow you to view historical price data and track the prices of goods on Amazon. Get alerts when the price of your watched items falls and grab a bargain. Dump your Amazon watchlist into the system and track the whole lot in one easy place. Bargains to be had at amazon if you have the patients to wait for price drops.

amazon price tracker

amazon price tracker

 

3. Coolkaboodle showcases a range of cool gifts you probably haven’t seen before. Collated from various online stores around the web, this site will have you wasting your paycheck before you know what happened. For per lovers Petskaboodle offers the same, but specifically for pets. Happy shopping.

coolkaboodle

coolkaboodle

 

4. Flying on the cheap is quick and easy with Skyscanner. Enter your dates and destination and Skyscanner will give you a list f all the cheapest flights available. If you are flexible you can enter your start city and search for flighs to anywhere, anytime…see what comes up and book a flight to somewere you never thought of going. Easily the best flight search engine out there and so easy to use.

skyscanner

skyscanner

 

5. Lost the manual to your TV, dishwasher, phone…or almost anything? Manuals lib is a huge searchable database of manuals.

manualslib

manualslib

 

6. Printfriendly allows you to easily turn any webpage into a printer friendly version so you don’t kill another tree printing out useless website content. Enter the URL, then print, create PDF or email the stripped down content as needed.

printer friendly

printer friendly

 

7. Your site is down, but before you get on the phone to your web designer and start shouting obscenities, take a look at down for everyone, or jut me? There is a good chance your website is running as it should be and there is a problem at your end. Enter the URL, hit return and you will soon see where the problem lies. If your site really is down, get in touch with your friendly freelance web designer and let them investigate.

is it just me?

is it just me?

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