PET PAGE - Do you want to win more trophies for your cabinet? Have you tried making
a site that just didn't seem right or wasn't winning any awards? Do you just want
to make a nice pet page for your Neopets? Well listen up, because I've compiled
some major points together on how to create the perfect site for your Neopet.
If you are just starting off your pet page with little, or no, site building
experience I suggest taking a quick look through the first few pages of the
Neopets html guide located under the help section on the sidebar before reading
STEP 1~Getting Started
To get started, think about what qualities that make up your pet. These can
be special things like any markings, personalities, likes and dislikes. Basically
everything that makes your pet different than others. They don't need any different
outward appearance to set them apart from the crowd. Just any silly quirks or
personality will do like being obsessed with ice cream, or they love living
in sand castles. Make sure you write everything down somewhere so you don't
forget anything while making your pet's site. All of this is very crucial to
a pet page because it's the foundation of everything your neopet is.
The next step is to divide these qualities into different sections you can make
on your site. You can add the usual sections: "likes/dislikes", "About Me",
"Battledome Status", and "Friends and Family", but be sure to add other sections
as well. If you don't, your site will just be like everyone else's whether or
not you have the best drawings in the world or a fabulous writer. Some other
sections to make your pet's site more unique is maybe a section devoted completely
to pie or something else they like. Another might be a "Favorite Quotes" section.
There's lots of fun to these kind of sections.
One thing that a site MUST have an abundance of is pictures. To me, you can
never have too many pictures. Most people (including me) don't like reading
a whole lot without some eye candy in between words. Some places where you should,
and is a complete MUST, to have pictures is
A.) your background/blog
B.) when writing long paragraphs for a certain section
C.) When it's an art section (duh)
D.) when talking about another neopet or person
The background is one of the many important things about a great site. Having
a background could help describe a little of your pet's personality, moods,
or how it acts. For example, if your pet is really cute and loves to play with
plushies and is really nice I'd suggest a warm, light color or maybe a background
with tons of plushies in it. If they like a certain place in Neopia (lets say
Mystery Island) you can try looking for backgrounds of beaches, palm trees,
anything tropical or just colors that seem tropical together. Colors can say
many things when used together. If your pet is kind of dark in mood, evil, mean,
or sad; try using some reds, blacks, or some dark blues. You don't necessarily
have to use these colors, but I don't suggest using a light lavender under white
if their personality isn't quite happy-go-lucky.
These rules also apply if you're making a blog. What is a blog you ask? Well,
it's basically just a fancy way to make a table where you can have your site
on a section of a picture. Examples would be making a picture of your pet laying
on top of a huge cloud and then having the scrolling words inside the cloud.
You don't always need a background behind your blog. I've seen some awesome
sites were they have a blog and no background behind it, but make sure that
the white background helps bring out the picture in the blog more. I like blogs
because you can make up pictures for it instead of just having a plain table
color (although that doesn't look bad for some sites). Making a blog is a little
more difficult to create. Fortunately, there are some pre-made blogs out there
you can choose from. If you want to be original and make your own, I suggest
finding a friend or a person that knows how and asking them. If you're struggling
on what you should make for your blog background go to your shop and click on
shop blogs. That should help give you some ideas :D.
Back to the long paragraphs. There's almost no way that you're going to be
able to avoid writing long paragraphs. It's the main way to talk about your
pet. If you only want to use the page for writing about your pet's life then,
by all means, go ahead. Everyone loves to hear a good story now and then. Just
be sure to add some pictures in now and then to give a break between all those
paragraphs. Good pictures for these kinds of sites would be a scene that takes
place in that paragraph or maybe a picture of a character you're describing
in it. This helps to keep the reader from getting lost for those more visual-understanding
people. This also applies if you're making different sections. If you creating
an likes/dislikes section, you should always have a picture of the item you
are describing, whether you drew it or it comes straight off the Neopets site
(just make sure it's no one else's artwork without getting permission from them
first). If it's an "About Me" section, I'd suggest putting a snazzy picture
of your pet somewhere in the paragraph.
Art sections are basically for all those people out there that love to draw
and want to show off their work. You don't really have to do much to this section
other than putting your drawings in it. If you want to do more than just that,
organize it more by shrinking all your pictures to about 50x50 or 100x100 and
then have a link to the original picture (due to a new rule with Neopets, you
can't have an actual link going out to any sites that aren't from Neopets. To
fix this, you can type alt="http//:www.picture.com for a better view" within
the brackets. This will show the viewers where to go when they put their
mouse over the pic.) or try making all your drawings the same size when you're
creating them. This saves a lot more space on your site and it looks neat. If
you have a "Fan art" section, make sure you say who made the picture.
ALWAYS ALWAYS have a picture or drawing when describing someone. Most people
usually don't want to spend the time looking up the Neopet's names just to see
what they look like. This is also a chance to bring out your creative side!
Make sure you describe the neopet on personality, how you know him/her, possibly
how you met him/her, and maybe any quirks that they might possess. If you absolutely
hate drawing, you can always get the Neopet's picture from their lookup or have
their name linking to their pet lookup.
All these things I believe are important to have pictures, but they're not
the only places. Other spots are maybe adding a picture next to the section
title, or designing the section title itself as a picture and then putting that
on before the section. Again, you don't have to make all the pictures on the
page yourself. You can always use pictures form the Neopets site, or ask someone
to draw a certain picture for your site.
***NEVER USE SOMEONE ELSE'S ARTWORK FOR YOUR PET PAGE WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION
EVEN IF YOU DON'T CLAIM IT AS YOUR OWN. THIS IS STEALING AND IS A VILE OFFENSE
TO NEOPETS AND OTHERS, AND YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE FROZEN FOR IT!***
...ehm! Not to scare you or anything. ^^'....I just don't want anything bad
happening to your account just because you wanted to create a pet page. Anyway...
on to the next step!
STEP 4~Personalizing Your Site
The typing style in which you write the page in helps bring out your pets personality.
Here are some typing styles that I've seen across a few pages. Most people who
have baby Neopets type in what I like to call "baby language" where the neopet
is talking but the spelling is changed a little to sound like a three year old
talking. I find this okay sometimes, but make sure that it's still readable.
I've found some pretty nice pet pages where the baby pet was talking, but it
took me five minutes at a time to figure out what the pet was saying. Just leave
it to the usual "switching the L with W" and other stuff. No need to change
the whole word ; ). Another method is "Ye Olde English" talk. Some people like
This kind of stuff (me included :D) where they make the whole site Medieval-ish;
even their writing. I find this is pretty cool and unique, but I don't suggest
using more uncommon words other than ye, thy, thou and other usual words. Most
people know what "ye" or "thy" and it's other counterparts mean because it's
used everywhere, but if you start getting into the doths and other words, it
will be less likely that the reader will understand what you're saying.
Those are the two main ones I've seen that are different than the usual talking.
Think of some other ways that you might be able to authenticate your site. Normal
talking is perfectly fine also, but I suggest adding some of your pet's personality
into the writing. That makes it more fun to read.
Awards-Everybody loves winning awards for their sites so why not make an award?
I find they're fun to make, and you can also express your site a little more
in them so that when people check out other people's sites and see your award
on them, they'll think "wow, I want to win that cool award!". Also, why not
try winning other site's awards while you're at it. Awards are a great way to
show that your site is really spectacular. Just be sure that you're site is
finished for the most part and there are NO TYPOS ANYWHERE. Most people with
awards are VERY picky on that and might give you a silver, or even a bronze,
just because you had a lot of misspelling (this rule doesn't necessarily apply
to the baby talkers unless they can't understand what you're saying).
Music can be a nice way to bring out your pet page. It can also be a bad way
to bring it down. Having music on your site fine by me. I personally love having
music to go along with something I'm reading, but there are others who think
differently. If you're one of those people that want to get lots of awards for
their site, I'd suggest not putting music on because there are a varied amount
of requirements on music. Some people will say music is fine, but the play bar
must be hidden (or the other way around). So unless you want to change it back
and forth between awards it's just easier to avoid certain awards or not put
music on at all (unless you find a song midi that completely goes with your
site). For the rest of you, I'd suggest picking a song that usually doesn't
have the people singing on it because sometimes that could be distracting to
the reader. However, There are some sites I've found that have the singers on
them and it makes their site better for it. Just find a song that matches the
mood of the site and the personality of your pet. It's a nice way to spruce
up your pet page.
Links are a tremendous way to get your site out there and well known. Most
people who have awards well ask for you to link them to your page as a requirement.
This helps them to get more people to come to their site if they see the links
on your page. Making links can be a fun thing though. There's the new "quilt"
linking thing, where you make your picture 50x50 pixels. Then you can add a
whole bunch of those "quilt" links together and boom! you have a nice quilt
for your pet page ^_^.
This about wraps up the main things that should be on a pet page. There are
so many choices on how to create the perfect page for your pet. Try mixing a
few things together to see how they go together, and you can always start over
if you want a change. Have fun site building!