wikiHow:Is Hiring

EditThis position has been filled.

wikiHow is looking to hire a full time software engineer / developer. The person can work in our offices in Menlo Park, California or remotely from any location within a few time zones. A full job description follows:

EditAbout wikiHow

wikiHow (http://www.wikihow.com) is a wiki based how-to manual. Our mission is to build the world's largest, highest quality how-to manual. We currently get over 11.5 million unique visitors a month, which makes us either the 180th or 800th most popular site on the Internet, depending on which stats company you trust. We are growing fast. In time, we hope to become the default how-to information source for the world.

We are a hybrid organization: a for profit entity focused on creating a global public good. In other words, we are run as a community service first and a business second. All of our content is licensed under a Creative Commons license. Similarly, we create open source software, which we put under the GPL and distribute freely. We donate a very large portion of our revenues to charities which support our mission, such as the Wikimedia Foundation and Creative Commons.

Despite being one of the most popular sites on the net, we are run by a small but very dedicated remotely distributed team. We are looking for a software engineer join us in our mission to build the world's best how-to manual. If hired, you will be the second engineer employed at the company.

This may discourage the faint of soul: We are building this for the long haul. We want wikiHow to be here 100 years from now. We aren't planning to IPO, so we don't offer stock options. If you want to retire in your 30s, you may want to find another opportunity. That said, we do offer competitive salaries and healthy benefits.

The wikiHow community is comprised of editors from around the world. You can accept this job and work remotely from anywhere in the world or (if you prefer) work on site at our offices in Menlo Park, California.

EditJob Description

This person will assist in the design, implementation, and maintenance of features for the wikiHow website; fix bugs; and help maintain both the production and development servers. They will work closely with the current engineer, the wikiHow support team, and the wikiHow volunteer community. They will be expected to be on call for production issues on a rotating basis.


  • A bachelor's in computer science or equivalent
  • Familiarity with programming Web applications in the Linux environment (LAMP)
  • HTML - PHP - SQL - CSS - BASH - Javascript - AJAX
  • Experience programming in a variety of languages and environments
  • Familiarity with MySQL databases and common issues with indices, tables, etc
  • Quick learner, self-motivated, and able to work both on a team and individually
  • Ability to gracefully take feedback and suggestions from an active and passionate user base
  • A passion for creating great products
  • Interest in the wikiHow mission

Nice to have, but not required

  • Experience working with wikis
  • Experience working for an open source software project
  • Sound knowledge of the architecture of multi-tier web applications
  • Experience developing extensions, or hacking, the Mediawiki platform
  • Keen understanding of new Internet technologies
  • Familiarity with current open source software libraries and applications
  • Experience with load balancing, or Squid

This position can be done remotely, or local to the SF Bay Area.

Contact us

Email a resume and cover letter to jobs+site@wikihow.com

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