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 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 I added more and more details I finally made a real design to hold the content and moved the site to a new domain, pokemondb.co.uk, in March 2008.
The site continued to grow beyond my expectations and soon we were receiving over 100 visitors a day. Two years later in March 2010 I decided that we should switch to a .net domain name, to show 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 I set up a new section - 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 I started working on a new design for the site. The basic design itself was put together fairly quickly, but I wanted it to also be
responsive, which means working well on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers. However this meant that every page had to be remade from scratch. I also took the opportunity to redo a lot of the programming behind the scenes too. 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 I have a
to-do list as long as my arm so there are always more things to add! We have a general discussion forum coming soon, plus a server for popular battle simulator
Pokémon Showdown. With Pokémon X&Y approaching we will continue to be a great source of all the information you need.
I often get asked what I use to make the 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)
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. Just email 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.
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