PokéSky was founded in 2004 as Pokemon Sky.
After an eight-year hiatus, we’re back.
Check out our story below.
Early 2004: Founding
Pokemon Sky was founded by Saul. The site was originally going to be called Little Root Town. Everything was in place for this to happen until Saul discovered another Pokemon fansite with the same name. It was in May of 2004 when Saul settled on the name Pokemon Sky, after a fan-made Pokemon game he had always wanted to create (but never did, sadly).
Pokemon Sky was first hosted by a website called Host Ultra. At its beginning, it got about 30 visits a day. It sported a simple white layout that allowed for only a small amount of sidebar links. Saul decided he didn’t like the setup and began learning how to code to design a new one.
The new design was iFrames based. It was flexible enough to expand the site’s menu with the goal of expanding Pokemon Sky’s content selection. The site was still getting about 30 hits a day, but it sometimes reached 100. It wasn’t long after that when Saul discovered a service called HostingAnime.com, which supported SSI and PHP coding. Saul didn’t understand PHP at the time, but was at least able to get SSI to work, which made it easier to update the layout and got rid of the iFrames (which were going out of style at the time).
Late 2004: Growing Pains
On August 8, 2004, Pokemon Sky reached 10,000 visits — a big milestone. The site was receiving 300-400 hits a day.
Pokemon Sky left the Hosting Anime servers for Pokemon 706’s hosting package in September. This gave Saul FTP access to the site, which he lacked before. It was at this point where Pokemon Sky first started using PHP as well. Saul had no idea what he was doing, but a friend named Imakuni? helped him set it up.
Come October and November, Pokemon 706 ran into a number of issues that caused the site to go down. Pokemon Sky temporarily fluttered between Host Ultra and Pokemon 706’s successor, 706 Host.
After continuous outages, a friend of Saul’s, Kyle from Kyletech, offered to host Pokemon Sky on his server. He even bought a domain name for the site, Pokemon-Sky.com. Pokemon Sky had to be largely rebuilt. Forums and an Oekaki were also set up.
The site celebrated its one-year anniversary in May. Saul spent a lot of attention on designing site layouts in the hopes of attracting more visitors.
Around October of 2005, Kyletech experienced issues that caused a lot of downtime for Pokemon Sky as well as Kyle’s other hostees. Most of those who had been hosted by Kyle left and soon Pokemon Sky was the only site he hosted. Saul knew he had to leave Kyletech but was nervous to do so as Kyle had been one of the site’s biggest supporters. Thankfully, as Saul was preparing to message Kyle and tell him that he would be taking his business elsewhere, Kyle messaged him first to let him know he could no longer host the site.
At the time, a lot of Pokemon fansites were trying to become more professional and Pokemon Sky wasn’t an exception. But this meant paying money for a host. Many webmasters switched to a host called Elixant, which was an excellent hosting service back in the day. Saul — who was but a wee lad at the time — was thankfully able to get in on a Christmas special at Elixant. He paid thirty dollars a year to keep the site alive.
2006: Mt. Moon Community
With the site now stable, Saul focused on attracting visitors to Pokemon Sky. Along the way, he met many awesome people, including Paul of PokéJungle who proposed teaming up with a couple other fansites to build a Pokemon community forum.
On March 15, 2006, Mt. Moon Community was launched (sometimes referred to as “Mount” Moon Community, to reflect the domain name). In July of that year, MMC held its first contest and reached over 180 members.
Mt. Moon Community would end up being one of the best experiences of running Pokemon Sky. The forums lasted for 10 years, reaching 12,880+ topics, 342,180+ posts, and 7,000+ members.
Saul continued to update and expand Pokemon Sky for three years, though much of the progress was off-and-on. He occasionally brought on other fans to help contribute news articles. It was a mostly small site, but it had its steady stream of regular visitors. Along the way, Pokemon Sky launched a YouTube channel and briefly became one of the only channels wholly devoted to Pokemon.
Saul’s interest in Pokemon waned as the years went by. He wrote a book and graduated high school during its later years.
In 2010, Saul announced the closing of Pokemon Sky. The site stayed live until April 2011 until it shut its doors for good.
Pokemon Sky is returning as PokéSky — and the story continues!