About Pokémon Database
Pokémon Database started with one mission: to make Pokémon game information as easy to find and digest as possible. We try to be concise while also containing everything you need, and keep the site as fast as possible. We are also one of the few remaining fully independent Pokémon websites, not owned by a corporation.
Pokémon Database is also the home of PokéBase, our Q&A forum. This works quite differently to most forums - general chatter is discouraged in favour of clear, non-opinionated answers. This means questions are not just useful to the original asker, they are also useful for future visitors. Someone can open the question page and quickly see the best answer right near the top. We now have over 15,000 questions with great answers, thanks to our great community!
We are also one of the first Pokémon sites to have a
responsive design - a layout which works well on all devices.
Pokémon Database started as a little test site in January 2008. Back then it was just a simple list of Pokémon on a white page with some basic details. As more and more details were added, finally a made real design was made to hold the content and the site was moved to a new domain, pokemondb.co.uk, in March 2008.
The site continued to grow beyond expectations and soon we were receiving over 100 visitors a day. Two years later in March 2010 we switched to a .net domain name, to indicate that it's a worldwide site (.co.uk is supposed to be for British websites only). Now we were receiving many thousands of visitors every day!
In April 2010 a new section was set up - a Q&A forum called the Pokémon Knowledgebase, or PokéBase for short. This kind of forum has never been done by any Pokémon fansite; it was a big hit and is still proving its usefulness today.
Pokémon Black & White were released in March 2011 and we got a huge boost in traffic. The visitor numbers continued to stay high and Pokémon Database became one of the top 5 Pokémon fansites in the world.
Around Christmas 2012 work began on a new design for the site. The basic design itself was put together fairly quickly, but one of the main goals was to be
responsive, which means the exact same code working well on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers. However this meant that every page had to be remade from scratch! The opportunity was taken to redo a lot of the programming behind the scenes too, as well as move to a new more powerful server. This project turned out to be incredibly time consuming, but finally in July 2013 version 3 was open to the public!
So what's next? Well we have a ridiculously long
to-do list so there are always more things to add! We hope to have a general discussion forum at some point in the future for more community involvement, as well as many more general guides and written content.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to stem the high number of repeat questions I'm getting through email, here are some FAQs (that actually are asked frequently).
Can I use some content from your site?
In general, no. All written content, site design and data display/layouts have had a huge amount of research and effort put into them to make as easy to read as possible. Do not steal our content!
However, official Pokémon artwork and sprites are not our creations and are used under a Fair Use Policy, so you are free to use them however you like. Each of the Pokémon sprites pages has an easy way to add images to your site or forum post. See below for bulk downloads.
Do you have an API (Application Programming Interface) or downloadable database?
Currently we do not offer any downloadable database of an API, though it may be something we offer in the future. However, there are many sources of data out there:
- PokeApi - a RESTful Pokémon API
- Veekun database - a set of CSV files that can be imported into any database (click the Zip button on the right to download the repo; see the pokedex/data/csv directory for the relevant files)
- Veekun bulk image downloads - for sprites etc.
Incidentally, this question is often asked in relation to smartphone apps. It should be noted here that you are not able to make a Pokémon app as Nintendo gets them taken down from all app stores.
What did you use to make this site?
In fact, there is very little specialist software for making websites, most work is done in a text editor.
This site uses the PHP programming language, with the CodeIgniter framework. The database is MySQL. Our old server was Apache but we have now switched to Nginx which is much faster.
PokéBase runs on an external application called Question2Answer.
Other software I use:
- Sublime Text (text editor, for programming)
- Git (version control software)
- SASS (a CSS pre-processor)
How do I advertise on PokemonDb?
We have limited advertising here via Google Adsense to cover our costs. If you want to advertise on this site you can target pokemondb.net in Google AdWords. Do not email us about custom advertising because we are not interested and your email will likely be marked as spam.
Is PokemonDb for sale?
No! This site is independently run by one person (with help from our great community) and is not for sale, wholly or partially. Do not email us with stupid offers because we are not interested.
Credit where credit's due
Although the vast majority of the site is the work of one person, we also have contributions from other sources:
Have you spotted an error on the site? Or do you just want to tell us how awesome we are? ;) There is now a much simpler method to contact us. First, make sure to read the FAQs below, as your question has likely been asked before.
Otherwise, simply send an email to this address:
We welcome all comments, but due to the number of emails we get we cannot reply to all messages personally, sorry.
For site suggestions, we prefer you use Meta-PokéBase, our Q&A forum. Here you are more likely to hear back from me or our other members on whether your idea is good.
No personal information is required to access this website or view any regular pages.
To participate in the community (PokéBase) a valid email address is required; it is only visible to site administrators and is only used for account validation (to prevent spam) and to send opt-in notifications.
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