Over the last several weeks I’ve been doing a massive clean-up and re-organization of the site. What I did was take each category and break it up into smaller sections of similar emoticons. I did this for several reasons:
Exciting news everyone! You no longer have to select the text of the emoticon and then right click > copy or ctrl + c to copy the emoticon any more! Now you’ll notice the emoticons will all change colour on mouse-over and then if you click on it it’ll be copied to your clipboard! You do have to have flash enabled though. It uses a tiny flash video to copy the emoticon. Apparently there are security reasons that make it very difficult for your browser to automatically access your systems clipboard so using flash looks like the only way to make it work. This is something I’ve been trying to figure out how to do for a long time now and I’m super happy it’s finally working. Enjoy! ＼＼\(۶•̀ᴗ•́)۶//／／
Over the next little while I’m going to be doing a giant site-wide emoticon clean-up. Some of the categories such as happy emoticons or angry emoticons have a huge number of emoticons all collected together at random. I’m going to be re-organizing them putting similar looking emoticons together in tables, much like the holidays page or words page, which should hopefully make it much, much easier to find the kaomoji or donger you’re looking for. I also know that I’ve seen duplicate emoticons on some of the pages so hopefully I’ll find all of those during this process and get those removed. There’s also bunch of broken emoticons that for whatever reason have missing characters or other weirdness. During this process I’m going to do my best to rebuild any broken ones as well. I’ve also got a couple of new categories I’m thinking about adding in which should also make it a bit easier to find what you’re looking for. I have no idea how long this is going to take since there are over 10,000 Japanese emoticons on this site but I’m going to slowly plug away at it over the next while and hopefully you’ll notice the improvements and it’ll help make things easier. Thanks as always for all your support and for using this site! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶
Well I’m not sure what happened to the old website but over time the performance got worse and worse, it was harder and harder to edit and a couple of times it seems it was even under some kind of attack. Plus I never really liked the last site design. Therefore I decided to rebuild the site, make it much better and move it to a much better web host.
The NameI decided to change the name of the site for a couple of reasons. I think JapaneseEmoticons.me sounds a lot better than the .net. It’s more personal and kind of cuter and since the whole idea of this site is that you’re expressing yourself with Japanese emoticons I figured a .me address fit in with that idea better. Plus it was a lot easier to just register a new domain and use that to make the new site rather than try to transfer the domain to the new host and build a new website. The old site would have had to some down and it would have been too complicated for me.
The DesignI’m a lot more proud of the way the site looks now. I think the last design looked kind of amateurish and I was never really a huge fan of how it turned out.
The Web HostingThe old company I was using to host the site was great but this site has grown to the point where it was time to move to a much higher end server. The site is now getting close to 23,000 visits a day and I think a lot of what was causing problems before was because of the amount of traffic the site was getting. You should notice that the site loads a lot faster now. On a speed test the new site scored a 98% while the old one scored only 78%. That should make using the site a lot better. The new server is a lot more secure as well so that should help with any weird attacks or hacks or whatever. That’s stuff I don’t really understand and with this new web host I don’t have to worry about it. The new hosting plan is a lot more expensive though which leads me to…
We Now Have a PatreonI’ve set up a Patreon account for JapaneseEmoticons.me. If you’ve enjoyed using the site for the last several years please considering funding us. The revenue the site received from Google Adsense is way down over the last several months and the new web host is a lot more expensive. Even if you can spare $1 that would be a huge help and that would go towards helping us keep the site going as well as help with updates to the mobile apps. I really want to make some big updates to the mobile apps but that’s not something I can really afford at this point. I’ve put a lot of work into the site over the last several years so if you enjoy it please consider sending a few dollars on Patreon. Every little bit is really appreciated and I really don’t want to turn JapaneseEmoticons.me into one of those sites that’s just absolutely plastered with ads.
ConclusionSo that’s all I really have to say for this update. I hope you enjoy the new version of the site and always remember you can suggest us emoticons and we’ll get them added to the site. ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ
I’m pleased to announce that I just finished another big update and the number of emoticons on this site is now more than 10,000! The actual number is currently 10,054! From now on I’m probably just going to slowly add emoticons to the site and not really do any giant updates with thousands of emoticons at once. Thanks everyone for all your support and as always, feel free to suggest more emoticons for me and I’ll get them added to the site as soon as I can. Image Credit