I don’t mean to sound jaded — I’m just amazed at how many of these sites have popped up in the last few months. WonderHowTo, available at http://www.wonderhowto.com/ has already indexed over 90,000 video clips, so at least they’re starting with a pretty good collection.
And I must say, the front page grabbed me with several odd clips. The columns on the front page include the latest additions, hottest videos, and the hidden gems. I spotted “How To Make double cheddar horseradish mashed potatoes”, “How To Care for a child with autism”, and “How To Mod a slim PS2”.
It doesn’t appear that WonderHowTo.com hosts any videos. Instead when you click on a screenshot or title, you get a detail page that provides details on the video, rankings (A to F), a space for comments (I didn’t see any videos with comments) and related videos. Most importantly, you also get a link to the video on an external site (I saw YouTube, BrightCove, 5min.com, FAA.gov, and a lot more.)
If you don’t care to look at the hot/recent/hidden stuff on the front page, you also have the option of browsing an incredibly-detailed category index (DO NOT MISS the *5* macrame videos!) or searching by keyword. Searching for cheese found 340 videos, including instructions on selecting cheese for a platter, making raw vegan cheese from nuts, and several variations on mac n’ cheese.
Playing with this site, I found a number of nice design touches, including tracking of your recent searches, recent community searches, and popular community searches (as you imagine not all of these are family-friendly.) I was surprised that there didn’t appear to be RSS feeds available for search results.