This year, Bulbagarden had officially reached its 10th year anniversary! It was opened to the public back in 1st of Jaunary, 2003, which was a long time ago when Generation 3 was just beginning its first steps. At that time, Bulbapedia wasn’t set up yet (that would happen nearly two years later), so it was another simple Pokemon site just like any other.
Here’s an excerpt of its history, taken from Bulbapedia itself:
The original Bulbagarden.com website was run by Bulbasaur (“Bulba”, later known as Anenga after moving on from Bulbagarden), and was in operation during the so-called heyday of Pok√©mon Websites, in the peerage of such esteemed sites as TPM, Azure Heights, and the original UPN. The original site was shut down at the beginning of 2001 after problems with advertisers left Bulba with no ability to pay for server operation. The files were held in stasis on the server until the beginning of February, during which time the (then) forum head admin Archaic launched a desperate bid to fund the server for just one more month, enough to be allowed access to the files again and to make a forum backup.
Archaic began assembling a staff for the revitalized Bulbagarden in late 2002, following significant downtime on the part of Serebii.net, contracting the services of major players in the Pok√©mon community at the time. After officially opening to the public on January 1, 2003, Bulbagarden.com grew, quickly gaining memberships on the forums and struggling to put a site up for operations and a Pok√©dex. A pilot site had been completed, but a full version was never offered.
About a year later, the Bulbagarden.com domain name expired and was promptly squatted. After many attempts to reestablish the site at Bulbagarden.com, it was decided to move to a .net domain name, becoming (as it is today) Bulbagarden.net, which continues under the ownership of Archaic. Over the years, Bulbagarden has become one of the major communities in the online Pok√©mon fandom.
Yep, Bulbagarden became one of the major communities of today, standing among the ranks of Smogon and Serebii, although Bulbagarden is reported to be more popular, thanks to Bulbapedia, because some users joined after finding out about Bulbapedia. Thanks to Zhen Lin, Bulbapedia is a success.
Unfortunately, a lot of the staff in the old days aren’t around there today. In fact, around four of them are still active, including the Webmaster Archaic. The other three are known as evkl, Evil Figment and Geodude. However, that doesn’t mean its popularity waned. There are new staff who are fun to have around too, like $aturn¬•oshi and Jabberwocky, so it’s not all bad.
I understand that a lot of you aren’t into Bulbagarden, but you have to remember that not every Pok√©mon fansite have that kind of longevity, so it’s actually an achievement that Bulbagarden is still around today. So, to end this article…
Thanks for reading.