Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 10:05 PM
Best Free Online Internet and eMail
Best Free Online Webmail
GMX Mail, complete with a Mail Collector, "lets you read and send emails from your multiple email accounts in one place. Easy to set up, no more going through various complicated settings for incoming and outgoing servers."
GMail features a search-oriented interface and a thread view, supports for Internet standard protocols and allows e-mail clients such as Thunderbird to access its mail server, offers about 7.4 GB free storage and 25 MB attachments but filtering out exe files.
LetterMeLater comes with a feature missing in other email service in that it allows you to compose an email and have it sent at any future date and time, or have it sent multiple times in a range or interval you select.
Best Free Online Email Tracking
SpyPig lets you find out if your email has been read by the recipient. It works with web based email and desktop email clients so long as both you and the recipient use an HTML-formatted email.
Best Free Online Download Manager
KeepVid helps you identify available streaming videos in different qualities and download them from a video sharing site, such as YouTube, by entering the URL of a video page, or by clicking the bookmarkletKeep It! when watching a video from the site.
Best Free Online Instant Messaging
Meebo, "You can log in to any of your IM networks, including: AIM, Yahoo, Google, MSN, ICQ, Jabber & Meebo, all from one page. With it's vast extra language support, it adds a lot of flexibility."
Best Free Online RSS Reader - Aggregator
Google Reader "offers very good feed management, and its keyboard shortcuts provide superb feed navigation. It sits right in my browser, that lets me open feed links in new tabs, open full feed articles, bookmark items of interest, search or browse for related information, etc."
Best Free Online Web Search
Google Search, the most-used search engine on the web, with search options for images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books, forums, and other features.
Open Directory Project (also known as Dmoz, or Directory Mozilla) lets you search the web content by category maintained by a community of volunteer editors. Alternatively, you can use Google Directory which sorts the directory from Dmoz by popularity.
Best Free Online Poll and Survey
Micropoll, create a simple poll with a question and multiple-choice answers in live preview, and use it wherever you want to post the poll. Features include enable or disable visitors from viewing reports, IP blocking and more.
Best Free Online Web Page Editor / Reader
PrintWhatYouLike, "a free online webpage editor lets you quickly remove images or the background of a webpage, click and add the boxes or frames you want, isolate and resize them, change the font type and size, fit your selection to a page width, redo or undo an edit and save in pdf or html formats."
Readability, a simple tool to make reading individual articles on the Web more enjoyable and printing them with no cluttering. Set the style, size and margin you like, then add the Readability bookmarklet. You will get what you've set when you visit a webpage and click the bookmarklet.
Best Free Online Navigation
Google Maps, a mapping service application lets you search for a map with related information such as an address and contact numbers, get directions to go from one place to another or even create and share your own maps.
Best Free Online Bookmark Manager
Delicious allows you to keep your personal bookmarks online for access from anywhere, or share and discover web bookmarks. You can search bookmarks by tags, transfer bookmarks inside your browser to your Delicious account or download a copy of bookmarks for backup.
Diigo gives you more powerful bookmark service with additional research tools featuring highlights, sticking notes, comments and more. You can also drag its bookmarklet Diigolet to your bookmark bar for direct access to the service.
Read It Later, never miss a page you want to read later, just one click to save it to your list, or after your are done reading a page, remove it from the list. A bookmarklet is supported.
Best Free Online URL Shortener
Bit.ly, a useful tool to shorten and share your web links (or URLs), with a free account available for tracking them. A click on the bookmarklet Bit.ly Sidebar shows up this page's shortened URL
Best Free Online Password Manager
LastPass "stores more than usernames and passwords, it stores webform information in a similar manner to Roboform's Passcards. It also securely stores your notes." [You can use LastPass Bookmarklets as an alternative to the program or extension when you can't install it somewhere or when you're travelling.]
Best Free Online Connection Speed Test
Speedtest.net provides key measurements on download speed, upload speed and ping to determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection. It also identifies your Internet service provider and server location.
Best Free Online Browsing Tools
PageZipper, life is too short to spend clicking "Next" and refreshing the next page? Then you will find this a time saver.
Best Free Online Website and Server
Best Free Online Website Builder
Webnode is designed for you to easily build and maintain a website from anywhere online. It's convenient to use with builder tools, drag-and-drop functionality, ready-made gadgets and widgets, and has no intrusive advertisement banner occupying the precious space of your webpage.
Wix allows you to create great-looking flash-based websites easily. Just register, click on a template and start editing. You can change the text, pictures and about everything else, create as many pages and edit them as often as you wish.
Best Free Online Website Template Designer
Cool Template "is really very clever indeed. You can change the number of columns, the menus, text, colours, position of content blocks, and just about everything else. When you're done, choose whether you want your finished page downloaded as HTML/CSS files or other templates."
Best Free Online Web Hosting
Byet provides you with a free hosting service for your web sites without forced advertisements. It features 5.5 GB disk space, 200 GB monthly traffic and a useful control panel to add domains, upload files via an online file manager, create databases, check websites usage, etc.
Best Free Online Domain Name Checker
KnowEm, "type in the name you want to use, and the site instantly tells you whether the domain name is available in various countries, and whether it's already in use on any of around 50 different social networking sites."
Best Free Online FTP Client
Net2ftp, a web based FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client to gain access to the FTP server and manage your websites, view and edit codes, add or rename files and directories, upload or download files as well as other advanced FTP functions.
Best Free Online Blog Publishing
WordPress, "my number one choice based on the features, plethora of free themes and plugins, and the ability to use it as an alternative to create or host a web site with static content."
Blogger is popular and easy to use. You can post text, photos and videos to your blog, personalize it with many templates, add gadgets, get feedback from your readers and more.
Posterous, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your site is created, claim the site from the link it sends to you, give a name and a password to your site. You can then start adding a new post by an email, or try out more features.
Best Free Online Social Networking
Facebook, a popular website for you to share your personal profile with friends, add them to your list, send them messages, or join a network group organized by workplace.
Twitter, a real-time information network and a micro blogging service allows you to share and discover what's happening now based on brief text messages sent by users via the Twitter website, SMS or external applications.
Best Free Online Web Tools
Pingdom Tools, test the load time of a web page and find bottlenecks, test DNS servers and settings for a domain name, and test network connectivity to a server. All in one place.
WebPagetest, a handy tool to conduct a webpage performance test—just enter a Website URL, click Start Test, and in a short while, you get a summary table with metrics about the page load, first view, repeat view and the content breakdown.
CSS Sprite Generator takes a number of source images and combines them into a single "sprite" image, supplies CSS to map to each image within the sprite generated for download. Useful for improving the performance of a web site by reducing the number of HTTP requests.
Smush.it optimizes web images by removing unnecessary bytes from the images without changing their look or visual quality. A "lossless" and convenient tool to minimize image files for your web page.
Best Free Online Web Information
Alexa, a useful resource to find out information about a website, site owner, traffic statistics, search analytics, clickstream, top sites, hot pages and a lot more.
Best Free Online Website Performance Measurement
Show Slow helps monitor various website performance metrics by capturing the results of YSlow, Page Speed and dynaTrace rankings over time. You can check performance rankings for Alexa Top 100 websites, compare rankings by graphs or add your URLs to the list for monitoring.
Best Free Online Web Archive
Wayback Machine, a fascinating archive of web sites that stretches back more than a decade—just type in the URL of the site you're interested in, and you can browse all the snapshots of the site.
Best Free Online Favicon
Favicon.cc, create a new favicon for your own web page, import an image file to edit and save it as a favicon, or search for top rated and latest Favicons.
Best Free Online Programming
Best Free Online Compiler and Debugger
Ideone, a handy compiler and debugging tool in more than 40 programming languages—choose one of them, paste your source code, share it, or run it and see the results.
Best Free Online Source Code Formatter
WebmasterGate's HTML / XHTML Beautifierallows you to reformat html or xhtml source code with proper indentation of tags and syntax highlighting. You can specify not to indent certain tags to your liking and save the output in a plain or rich text format.
Best Free Online HTML Editor
Online HTML Editor, simple and easy to use, just edit html codes in an expandable box provided and see the live results in another. One-click opening and closing tags are included.
Best Free Online HTML Tools
WordOff, a useful web tool to remove unnecessary tags and styles from HTML code as a result of pasting into WYSIWYG editors from Word. For example, ,
PHPanywhere, a real-time PHP code editor with syntax highlighting, indentation, code folding, unlimited redo and undo on client side, completes with an FTP explorer and other features such as using projects, setting file permissions and more.
Best Free Online Pastebin
Pastebin.com, a paste tool established since 2002 for you to upload snippets of text and code with syntax highlighting for easy sharing. You can set the post for private or public access within a certain period of time you defined, with more options available.
Best Free Online Color Picker
ColorExplorer gives you color codes in RGB, HSV and Hex instantly when you choose a color from the vertical slider or color square. Choosing colors from Libraries and saving your picked colors to your Palettes are available.
Color (in) HTML, easy to use, just drag markers to pick a color, click the Generate CSS button, and Hex and CSS codes are ready for you to copy to the clipboard. You can also lock a color while picking another to compare and build a theme.
Best Free Online Education and The Arts
Best Free Online E-learning Tool
Kubbu, an e-learning tool designed for teachers to create quizzes, crosswords or games and make them available to students or groups, view and analyse the results, or even share activities with other teachers. It's limited to 30 students and 15 activities for a free account.
Best Free Online Lectures
Khan Academy lets you watch, practice and learn almost anything from over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering subjects such as maths, algebra, physics, chemistry, finance, history and so on. Each video is short, concise, educational, and very easy to follow.
Academic Earth lets you watch up to 1,500 lectures, on everything from computer studies and psychology to medicine, architecture and entrepreneurship from respected educational institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Best Free Online Talks
TED, talks at TED events, which usually last around 30 minutes, cover everything from technology to art to medicine to music. Almost all of the talks are online for you to watch at your leisure, free of charge.
Best Free Online English Learning Resources
Perfectyourenglish, a comprehensive reference guide to English Grammar, Practical English usage, vocabulary, English writing and speaking. You can also test your knowledge of English language with interactive grammar and vocabulary exercises.
English Practice consists of many archived lessons for learning English—choose a category or type a key word to search for what you want, then browse through previews or read the full lessons.
Best Free Online Language Courses
FSI Language Courses, select a foreign language (other than English) you want to learn from the courses with text and audio files freely available. The courses are developed by the Foreign Service Institute through the private efforts of individuals.
Best Free Online Art Museums
Art Project, explore over 1,000 artworks gathered from art museums around the world without needing to travel to each museum. All the artwork and galleries have been curated by individual museums who decide the galleries, artwork and information to include.
Best Free Online Typing Tutor
TypingWeb, a place to learn, practice and improve your typing speed and accuracy on beginner to advanced and specialty courses. You can track your progress if you opt for registration which is free.
Best Free Online Flashcard
Quizlet, browse and use millions of flashcards created by teachers and students, or create your own, in various study modes including Familiarize, Learn, Test, Play Scatter, Play Space Race, Voice Scatter and Voice Race.
Best Free Online Printable Paper Generator
Incompetech, do you ever buy lined paper, graph paper, music notation paper, or score sheets for popular games and sports? If so, how about printing your own? Check out this generator that allows for some fine adjustments before you print it.
Best Free Online Printable Coloring Page & Worksheet
Twisty Noodle has an extensive collection of printables designed to help kids learn about objects and improve handwriting. A bunch of material for use, the illustrations are very well done and cover coloring pages and handwriting worksheets.
Kidopo "is very professionally implemented. The coloring application in particular is very well done and emulates closely the pencil and paper experience. There’s also an excellent collection of printables including stickers, connect-the-dots, birthday cards and much more."
Best Free Online Lookup and Cataloging
Best Free Online Genealogy / Family Tree Applications
WeRelate, a highly recommended site for anyone whose focus is web publishing or collaborative research, with people, places, sources, families, etc., created as wiki articles. Note formatting, strong image and document support. You can also upload and download GEDCOM files.
Best Free Online Games
Best Free Online Sandbox Game
Powder Game, "a Dan-Ball's entertaining game where you have over 30 different ingredients to create interesting things and play around with chemicals or other objects such as Powder, Water, Fire, Ice, Stone, Magma, Wind, Fan, Oil, etc."
Best Free Online Chess
Little ChessPartner, as hosted at Chess.com, gives you a lively game against your computer in a friendly interface with adjustable settings.
ChessWhiz, a Chinese Chess web client offered by PlayXiangqi.com, allows you to log in as Guest or enter your username, then join a table to observe or play Xiangqi with humans.
250 Best Free Online PC Games In One Place
Friv, "a full-screen of tiny screen shots for more than 250 free online PC games of various genres with the most popular ones in hand from time to time, just in one place."
Best Free Online Match-3 Puzzle
Cradle of Rome, "a thrilling path to puzzle glory. Build the heart of the Ancient Roman Empire by playing and conquering more than 100 addictive and intuitively designed levels."
Best Free Online Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator
Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery at JigZone, "choose a puzzle from a gallery of beautiful pictures of animals, art, flowers, scenes and other categories, change cuts into 6 to 247 pieces in different shapes.
Jigsaw Planet, "create your own puzzles with difficulty levels, shapes and rotations, play your own or common puzzles or even send puzzles to friends."
Best Free Online Word Search Puzzle
JustWordSearch.com, choose one of the word lists, play a puzzle with random dictionary words, or create your own word search puzzle. Each time you play, it's a new puzzle as a completely new arrangement of letters is created.
Best Free Online Strategy Game
Entanglement, easy to learn and yet entertaining—just rotate a new tile with the arrow keys or scrollwheel, and extend the red line around the board with a click or using the spacebar. The longer the line you manage to create, the higher your score.
Best Free Online Lemmings
DHTML Lemmings, "get as many lemmings to their home (the gateway with the flaming torches) as you can. The number that you need to get home depends on which level you're playing. Works just like the original, and is just as fun and addictive as you'll remember it."
Best Free Online Music Game
Isle of Tune, lay down some roads, add houses, street lamps, trees and other objects, drop a car and click Go to watch your musical town come to life. You can also share your islands or browse others, for example Beat It, and vote them up or down.
Best Free Online Game of Go
361points.com, "play Capture Go (Atari-Go)—an enjoyable cut-down version of the full game of Go. In Capture Go the player who first manages to surround and capture the opponent's stones wins outright. The applet lets you choose the board size and computer playing style. Simple and fun, a great way to start to get to grips with the full game."
Best Free Online Tetris
Tetris N-Blox lets you play the game up to 10 levels of difficulty with colorful shapes, optional full-screen mode and sound effects in a simple design. It's easy to play—just click the game logo and start a game.
Best Free Online Sudoku
DKM Sudoku Online, "almost as fully-featured as any of Sudoku download. Click Play Now and go to Menu to create a new puzzle in any of 4 levels. You can enter possible cell values manually in pencil mode, or let it scan for you."
Best Free Online Reversi
Reversi Lounge "lets you select a server from the list, click Launch button to open the lobby screen, select an empty chair at one of the tables and play online free against the human players in the lobby."
Othello Game, "a good choice to challenge the computer opponent with 3 levels of strength, undo moves, highlight valid moves, hints and animation effects."
Best Free Online Backgammon
Motif lets you play backgammon against a decent computer engine via a functional 2D interface. Good documentation too.
Best Free Online Games for Charity
FreeRice, "play educational quiz games to help fight hunger around the world, each answer you get correct contributes 10 grains of rice to WFP, the best of its kind I have seen so far."