At long last, updates to Customisation are here that will drastically improve your experience with the feature! Loading times have been improved. An issue of Neopets not showing up in thumbnails is fixed. The only caveat to this is that UC Pets still need to undergo some fixes, but these issues will be addressed prior to the re-release of UC Pets.
If there are any further issues with Customisation (surrounding the page itself and not individual items), please reach out to our Customer Support with as much information as you can provide, including your username, number of pets, closet size, browser, and what you are experiencing.
Please note that our recommended closet size is 650 items! If you have more than 2,500 items in your closet, you may want to move some to your Safety Deposit Box in order to improve loading times in Customisation.
Over the last few updates, we've been converting the Wheels from Flash and with this next update, we've made sure they are mobile-friendly. Now you can spin Wheels easily on the go! May the odds be ever in your favor.
In celebration of Discovery of Meridell Day, we have released a new mobile-friendly site theme. Visit your preferences to check it out.
If you lose an item while spinning the Wheel of Misfortune, Mediocrity, or Excitement, it will not remove any recently acquired items.
NC Food Items cannot be fed to your Neopets currently through the new Feed system in the Homepage.
A recurring Database Error is appearing when some users try to Create A Pet.
Igloo Garage Sale is giving some users a "Suspicious Score" error when they submit their scores.
Maps, maps, maps! It's been too long without the maps and we are working hard to bring them back flash-free.
More converted games! We're in the process of testing a new batch of games and making sure they are up to snuff. Ready to pop some Faerie Bubbles?
As mentioned previously, we are going to be adding more pet slots! Stay tuned for a more in-depth announcement.
Message from TNT
It's been a while since there's been a new beta update and Altador Cup had a lot to do with that. We're making a lot of changes internally to ensure that we get more frequent updates in a more consistent pace. We will also be communicating more frequently with the community about upcoming releases and plans with the help of our new Community Manager, who we will be introducing soon. Thank you for all your continued support!
You can now search for pets, items, users and more by clicking the magnifying class in the upper right of the top navigation bar. Further improvements to the search system will be coming in a future update.
Test your knowledge with the Daily Puzzle, check out the latest spotlight winners, or find a new fansite on the now mobile-friendly Community Central page.
Create a Pet
Whether it's a pet day you've been looking forward to all year, or you just don't want to adopt, the Create a Pet page is now mobile-friendly, so you can add another adorable pet to your family while on the go. Newly created pets from this point forward will also come with a bandana in the colour of your choice.
Several quest-givers around Neopia have made the jump onto the mobile-friendly site template. They eagerly await your help, so go find them some junk, I mean stuff!
Kitchen Quest is now mobile-friendly. You'll also notice that any stat increases rewarded will now go to your active pet.
You may notice few more games linked in the mobile-friendly gamesroom. These are classic games that don't rely on Flash, but aren't mobile-friendly yet either. We will continue to add these links to the gamesroom in small batches until all currently playable games are accessible from the page (yes, including Battledome). So far the games added are:
Happy Tyrannian Victory Day!!! The Tyrannia site theme is now available for use on mobile-friendly pages. Visit your preferences to check it out.
We are continually converting and fixing wearable items for HTML5 customisation.
For those who missed it, we released mobile-friendly versions of the Festival of Neggs and Grey Day site themes over the past couple months. As always, you can try them out using the "Beta Theme" dropdown on the preferences page.
We've made some minor improvements to the keyboard-accessibility of the main navigation bar, although this is not the final state for the menu. Stay tuned for more fully-featured accessibility updates in the future.
Neofriends with usernames longer than 15 characters will now send you to the correct userlookup in the Community dropdown menu.
The clock in the top navigation bar should now be large enough to fit all times on a single line.
We've made some minor adjustments to a few site themes to address visual and layout issues, including Tis the Season, Winter Holiday and Haunted Woods.
The height of the loading image that appears when collecting interest at the bank has been reduced.
If such a thing as a Giant Jelly existed, it might have been giving you the same type of jelly every day instead of a random jelly, but that certainly wouldn't be the case anymore.
Visuals related to pilfered avatars on the Neoboards aren't scaling correctly with the size of your browser.
A back button may be missing when visiting Tiki Tack Tombola while it's closed.
When viewing the list of Neoboards within a particular Neoboard category, buttons to navigate between pages should be appearing at the top of the page in addition to the bottom.
Users may experience intermittent issues with numbered page links on the Neoboards not taking you to the correct page.
Items up for auction that are displayed as a stack in the inventory may prevent you for using the copies of the item not up for auction.
Some browsers may report Flash elements present on the mobile-friendly bank page, despite no Flash elements being visible.
Petpetpets won't attach to your petpets in the mobile-friendly inventory.
The Altador Cup is coming up, and will require the majority of our developer focus. The mobile-friendly Altador Cup site theme will also be released during the event.
As mentioned in the previous release, we are working on HTML5 versions of all the Flash maps you know and love.
Broader site updates and events will continue to be announced via the New Features page.
We <3 the holidays, and we hope you do too! The Valentine's Day site theme is now available for use on mobile-friendly pages. Visit your preferences to check it out.
Although the mobile-friendly version of this theme is available to everyone for now, make sure to exchange Mysterious Valentines Cards with a Neofriend on the 14th if you don't have the classic version of the theme unlocked, so that you can keep this theme after the beta is over.
The Wheel of Monotony will be coming soon. Users spinning the wheels on smaller devices like phones in portrait mode will notice that the experience is less than optimal due to characters taking up a significant amount of screen real-estate. We wanted to get the wheels out and playable as quickly as possible, but additional layout changes will be coming in a future update.
Phase 2 of the profile menu is now available if you tap the thumbnail of your pet in the upper left corner of the screen. You'll notice more links available than before, but organized hierarchically so as not to take up too much screen real-estate all at once. The link to Neohomes has been left out intentionally, as this feature is currently in flux with a V3 planned rather than a direct 1-to-1 conversion of Neohomes 1 or 2.
The "Premium" link in navigation when viewed on smaller devices should now redirect to the appropriate page for non-members.
We are actively working on improving accessibility across the mobile-friendly parts of the site. This process may take some time, so we appreciate your patience and support.
Some alerts and notifications in the alerts dropdown aren't updating correctly, including Trudy's Surprise.
When resizing your browser window on desktop, the Space Faerie Scratchcards will scale down, but won't scale back up again.
We'll be looking at having features like wheels and scratchcards update your Neopoints counter immediately without needing to refresh the page.
Error messaging for score submission in HTML5 games still need further adjustment.
Confused about where to find something? Read this to learn more about some of the navigation features still in progress.
Q. I can't find where to update my avatar for the Neoboards!
A. Neoboard settings will eventually be found within a new, consolidated and easier to navigate settings system.
Q. How do I find my pet's petpets?
A. We hope to bring petpets to the homepage, so that they can be seen sitting next to their Neopets and can be interacted with from there.
Q. The "Take Photo" button when I interact with my pet doesn't do anything!
A. We are working on revamping the "Send Your Pet" feature to integrate with social media platforms in addition to the current email and neomail options. This button will become active once this feature has been updated.
Q. The search button doesn't do anything!
A. We are looking to revamp site search functionality with improved features and a layout for results more adaptive to different devices. An initial version of the feature very similar to the classic site search is planned for release first, with the more robust update coming separately later.
Q. I can't find links to certain pages on the new map-less map pages!
A. Hidden secrets and easter eggs are an important part of the Neopets experience. While its unfortunate that you'll have to get to some of these secret pages through other means for the time being, we didn't want to spoil everything during this transition. However, Flash-free visual maps have been in the works and will be rolled out soon.
Neoboard Pens now wrap based on device width, and no longer break the Neoboards layout.
Searches on the Shop Wizard page can now be refreshed using the "Resubmit" button.
Searches on the Shop Wizard page and using the Super Shop Wizard can be submitted using the enter key.
Links to the Quick Stock and Item Transfer Log pages have been added to the Inventory page. Neither the Quick Stock or Item Transfer Log pages have been made mobile-friendly yet. The inventory page is still a work in progress, and will receive further updates in a future release.
The animated fireplace on the homepage for the "Tis the Season" theme now scrolls with the rest of the background.
An issue with line-spacing for text in the "Flash is no longer supported" module has been fixed.
An issue with popups retaining a theme-specific dropshadow on the Wheel pages has been fixed.
Backing styling for dropdowns in the "Neopets Green" theme have been fixed.
Scoring thresholds for HTML5 games are still being adjusted.
Cheatcodes and easter eggs are missing from some HTML5 games.
The "Premium" link in navigation when viewed on smaller devices isn't redirecting to the appropriate page for non-members.
Items and/or pets may not be loading on the customisation page for some users. If you are experiencing similar issues, we'd appreciate you taking our customisation survey.
Some unconverted customisation items, like "Chef Table Foreground" are strobing when viewed on a pet on the customisation page.
Issues from previous releases are often not relisted every release. Even if an issue is not listed here, we may already be aware of the problem and are looking into it.
A larger update with the following features will be released later this month:
As the year draws to a close, it has come time to say goodbye to Flash, but not goodbye to Neopets! We're excited to continue making the site better, more mobile-friendly and Flash-free in the new year.
We've begun converting the wheels found around Neopia so they'll still be playable when Flash is gone. The ones we haven't converted yet will be out real soon! Also keep in mind that what you're seeing now for the wheels is just a first version with basic functionality. They may not be perfectly mobile responsive, but an update to existing wheels will be coming in a future release.
You may notice that the "View Classic" link is no longer available in the left-hand dropdown menu. As discussed previously, all pages that have been converted will be the default while all classic pages will be remain available for pages we have not yet converted.
You may also notice a message about Flash in place of a Flash element in place. If you are still able to access Flash, you just need to do the same thing you've usually done to allow Flash in your browser and it'll appear again. When the times comes that the browsers stop supporting Flash, you'll need to wait for that element to be converted before using it again.
Alternative URLs for Classic Features
Although you will no longer be able to switch between classic and beta for converted pages, there are a couple large features we'd still like to give you classic access to until their converted counterparts are more complete. Although most browsers and operating systems will no longer be supporting Flash player at the end of this month, if you are somehow able to use Flash, you can enjoy these classic features for a while longer.
Throughout the year, we've made a lot of progress on converting wearables to HTML5 but we've still got work to do going into 2021. This includes fixing the Customisation app so that everyone can use it. In this release, we've updated the NC Mall Try On feature to work without Flash for converting assets. You'll be informed whether an asset has been converted yet or not.
Score submission is back on for beta games! We'll be adjusting payouts as we get more user data, so keep in mind that they may change.
The doors used to navigate the pound are now Flash-free. A larger overhaul of the pound pages will be coming in a future release.
The number indicating how many of your Neofriends are currently active will no longer display in the navbar. This information will still be available inside the community dropdown menu.
The Winter Holiday theme is coming next in a smaller content update in
January. Create A Pet was going to be part of this release, but thanks
to our changes to the rules recently, we decided to make some additional
changes. The remaining wheels will also be coming ASAP, as well as a new
Community Central hub page!
'Twas the week before the Day of Giving, when all through the site, not a Petpet was stirring, not even a Tigermouse. The stockings were stufftacular and hung with great care, in hopes that a holiday theme would be near; when out in the preferences there arose such a clatter. So go take a look, to see what's the matter!
"Tis the Season" for all, and to all a good night!
Many small tweaks have been made to the beta site navigation when viewing the site logged-out, in order to address bugs with the visuals and layout.
A link to our support page has been added to the footer at the bottom of the page for users who are logged in.
This is just a small update, serving primarily to give you access to the converted "Tis the Season" theme in time for the holidays. Another large end of the year update will be coming really soon!
We've begun bringing the site into a mobile-friendly layout when viewing the site without logging in. As part of this, the login and new account signup flows have been updated. Further steps in the signup process, like creating a pet and experiencing the tutorial will be included in a future release.
This is just an initial rollout of this flow, we already have additional features/improvements planned that will be coming in the future, including the possibility of two factor authentification.
For now, if you're not logged in, most pages will still show up as their classic version rather than the new mobile-responsive version. There is still page-specific work to be done for pages that contain account-specific information but are still visible to users without logging in. In the future, we want to make as much of the site accessible without logging in as possible.
New Logged Out Homepage
If you visit Neopets.com without logging in, you'll notice that the homepage looks quite different. As the Neopets franchise expands, we want to make sure that you can easily learn about all things Neopets. Check back to that page for all the latest brand news and updates. An additional section for brand news is coming soon.
You'll notice that a couple dropdowns are now available in the navigation menu, one for "Community" and one for "Shop". These have been in our plans for quite some time, so we're excited to finally bring them to you to make your experience moving around the site a little easier.
This isn't the end of our ongoing navigation work, however. We also plan on overhauling the content you find in the left-hand-side profile menu.
Map Quick Links
Not all of the maps of Neopia will be fully HTML5 ready and in the beta by the end of the year. To make sure that you can still find your way around in the meantime, 38 map pages now include direct links to all regularly visible locations on the map. Seasonal/special map links will be added in a future update, and you'll have to access any secret links using the direct URL until its map has been brought over into the beta.
We're officially unveiling the first step on our overhaul of Neopets' support system. You'll find that all support links in the login and registration flow will now direct you to the V1 for a support page on jumpstart.com. We'll continue to develop this system in future updates.
Previously, scroll bars were always visible for the Super Shop Wizard results on Windows computers, even if the content wasn't scrollable. This has been fixed.
There are still some issues related to score submission for HTML5 games. We're looking to adjust our score thresholds to match new scoring behavior in the HTML5 games and make score submission available again soon.
There is a visual issue associated with the loading icon when collecting interest at the bank.
Your NP total in the bank doesn't appear to update with Battleground of the Obelisk boons.
There are some minor visual issues with elements in some of the beta site themes.
Currently, if you have the Tis the Season theme set as your active theme for the classic site, it will interfere with the layout of mobile-friendly beta pages like the homepage.
On iPhone 7+, the bottom navigation currently disappears on smaller devices after logging out.
Some of the UI in the login and registration flow currently scrolls independently from the footer, rather than pushing the footer below it.
Winter theme(s) will be converted soon for the holiday season. We've also been looking at features like Create-a-Pet, the NC Mall, the Safety Deposit Box and your Stock portfolio. However, our primary focus for the remainder of the year will be converting as many Flash elements on the site as possible.
We're making your beta experience a little bit spookier, just in time for Halloween! Enjoy the Haunted Woods theme, but remember that if you want to keep it after beta is over (and you don't already have this theme in classic) you'll need to visit the site on October 31st at 11:59pm NST.
We've been hard at work hammering away to tighten security on our HTML5 games, and we could use your help in checking for any holes in our work. We'll be re-enabling score submission on HTML5 games in the beta Gamesroom from October 29th to November 2nd, meaning you'll be able to earn Neopoints while playing on your phone! Once the two days are up, we'll pull score submission down again so that we can comb through our logs to make sure no cheaters got through. If everything's ship-shape, we'll bring back score submission permanently soon after.
The following changes were all made based on user suggestions.
On the Premium Portal page, clicking on the Stocks graph will now take you directly to your stock portfolio, rather than the main stock market landing page.
The categories on the Inventory page have been reordered to prioritize more frequently used items.
We've increased the number of pets visible on the homepage for wider screens from 3 to a maximum of 6. The number of pets visible is still dependent on the width of your browser window.
The styling for the Inventory page when a user doesn't have any NC or NP items has been fixed.
The mobile beta Inventory page will now grant inventory related avatars.
Inventory items currently in trades will now show up in the mobile beta inventory.
When using the pet care feature on the homepage, the title "Success" no longer displays when an error occurs while attempting to use an item.
The topics that you've created on the Neoboards, plus topics created by TNT, will once again be much easier to find and identify, thanks to the color coding of those topics to green and blue respectively.
On smaller devices when creating a new topic on the Neoboards, or replying to an existing topic, an extra space will no longer be visible when the bottom navigation is hidden.
The homepage pet care system still needs to be updated to reflect the changes we've made to item popups for the inventory page.
Buttons in the Super Shop Wizard aren't currently mapped to any keyboard keys.
We're currently working on converting the login and registration experience, as well as continuing to make adjustments to existing features based on user feedback. We've also adjusted our strategy so that more maps will be converted to HTML5 faster in the future, and quick links to each map destination will be available on map pages in beta soon.
The default search criteria for the Shop Wizard will be updated from "Containing" to "Identical" in a future update.
No Neopian's adventuring kit is complete without their knapsack. Being able to quickly view and use items on the go is a must, and now its easier than ever. All inventory popups now open up in the same window as your main inventory, plus we've added a couple extra features as well.
If you have more than one copy of a particular item in your inventory, those items will now stack and display the total number of copies you have.
Categories! Now you can view groups of items based on their major use including:
Sorting! Does it bother you when things are in a seemingly random, chaotic order? Now you can sort your inventory alphabetically. We've also made it so you can switch between NP and NC items via a toggle instead of needing to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
For those of you frequently refreshing the page, your tab and filter settings will carry over on refresh as long as you don't navigate to a separate tab or window. As soon as you close the tab or browser, these settings will return to default.
We know you'd prefer not to deal with a full page refresh to update your inventory every time you've used an item. Unfortunately, we just couldn't make that happen right now. As with all features, we'll be looking at your feedback to make any further adjustments down the line.
Mystery Capsules may take a while to load in the beta inventory for the time being. If you're having trouble, try closing and reopening the popup or refreshing the page.
If you have Battleground of the Obelisk perks that show up when using items, these perk elements won't resize based on your device yet. We'll be converting all features related to the Battleground of the Obelisk together in a separate release.
In addition to the upcoming features we've mentioned in previous releases, we've also been working on the National Neopian Bank. Among a streamlined look and visual flourishes to reward those working towards Ultimate Riches, we're hoping to make the withdrawal limit clearer when reached and add support for non-binary greetings.
The Shop Wizard has opened a rift between classic and beta, bringing with him a wealth of goodies old and new for premium users. Haven't checked out beta in a bit? Now might be the perfect time to switch back and make it a part of your regular routine for playing Neopets on the go.
Those of you who have been premium members for a while may remember the premium portal, a page for premium users to call their home. As part of the mobile beta, we're introducing a spiritual successor to this feature, in order to house all of the premium links and features that you don't need immediate access to at all times. We may upgrade this page in the future based on your feedback to add more features and potentially more customisability.
The "Premium Bar" as you've come to know it simply won't fit on smaller devices, and although we've explored different menu options, we feel the premium portal offers the best of both worlds. However, the Super Shop Wizard will still be easily accessible on any page.
Super Shop Wizard
Although most of the Premium Bar has migrated over to the Premium Portal, we know how important it is that you have quick access to the Super Shop Wizard while restocking. Premium Members can find the icon to open the Super Shop Wizard popup in the upper left of the screen, just below the navigation bar and to the left of the Bookmark icons. You can toggle this popup by clicking this icon, or the red "X" in the popup itself.
Additionally, we've set the "Identical to my phrase" option as default, and added an error message if you attempt to search "Price Only" while having Galleries selected. We're working on a way to prevent you from accidentally having both options selected at the same time.
For those of you who aren't premium members, don't worry! We haven't forgotten about you! Along with the Super Shop Wizard, we've polished up and converted the Shop Wizard page as well. This feature used to be located at "/market.phtml" along with your user shop listings, but has now been moved out onto a separate page. If you get lost, you can always find the shop wizard at www.neopets.com/shops/wizard.phtml while in beta mode.
Orange you glad the basic theme isn't your only option anymore? That's right, site themes are back! Six classic site themes have now been converted to be used in the mobile beta, with more on the horizon.
To change your site theme in the beta, visit your classic preferences page or click the "Settings" icon in the beta profile menu. You'll see a new "Beta Theme" option just below your classic theme selection. This means that, for the moment, your theme selections will be set separately for classic and beta.
To allow all of our beta users to explore and give feedback on the converted themes, we've temporarily granted all beta themes to all users, even those you would typically need to earn on the site. In the future, we'll be restoring these themes to their rightful owners and if you haven't earned them yet, you'll have to get back on the grind. Enjoy this sneak preview while it lasts!
The site themes currently available in the beta are as follows:
The Neopets Basic theme you've seen in the beta so far has received a fresh coat of paint.
We will continue to roll out converted themes on a more regular basis in the future, starting with the Space Faerie Premium theme.
The converted and upgraded preferences pages aren't ready for release quite yet, which is why you'll need to visit a classic page to change your beta theme. Rest assured this is only temporary.
Do you travel between beta and classic pages a lot? Don't mind the surprise of landing on a classic page while you're on your phone? Now you can disable the "leaving beta" warning popups by checking the "Don't show me this again." checkbox in the popup the next time you visit a classic page from beta.
Lawyerbot has insisted that we restore the footer to all pages on all devices. However, the content of the footer isn't final yet, so stay tuned.
We've removed some unsightly white lines that appear when selecting or dragging your pets in the homepage pet carousel.
We've fixed an issue where images weren't properly displaying for news items in the beta news dropdown.
We've been aware since the release of the converted Neoboards that users with Neoboard Pens experience layout issues on smaller devices. We will be fixing this, and have no plans to discontinue Neoboard Pens. Thank you for your patience.
Unsightly white lines may appear when selecting or dragging new buttons in the beta on some browsers.
Inventory. It's core to just about everything you do on the site, and it's coming soon.
The Space Faerie Premium site theme.
We're still in the process of converting all maps on the site over to HTML5. However, we don't want to hamper your exploration while you wait, especially as more and more pages are converted. Expect quick links to map locations similar to those below the globe of Neopia on all map pages soon.
Dropdown menus for several navigation links will be coming, we swear.
No updates here, but we are continuing to monitor the Mobile-Friendly Beta Neoboard for any bugs or suggestions you have and are working hard towards fixing those that have already been mentioned. Thanks for your continued patience as we advance towards the next big release in the beta.
We are super excited to bring you some themes so you can see how mobile switches things up, including swapping out the homepage background. Also, as mentioned before, our next big update will include the return of some premium features.
You can now change which of your pets is set to active through the pet care menu on the homepage.
The colouring pages were experiencing intermittent render problems related to a 3rd party cloud service. These issues have been fixed.
The "View Classic Site" button was redirecting to the classic homepage instead of the classic version of whatever page you are on.
The active user count was still displaying over the "Community" button on smaller devices where the navigation buttons are on the bottom of the screen.
Some users who participated in the Krawk Island Disappearance plot will get redirected to a different version of the Governor's Mansion page that we didn't update for this release and plan to add to next one.
There are a few minor pages and features that didn't make it into this release that will be coming up soon, and we've made further progress on larger features as well.
We've looked into the stars above Altador to see the future, and mobile friendly site themes are coming soon.
We haven't forgotten about our premium users, and are excited to show you how we've integrated your suggestions.
After opening up the beta to all users, our top priorities have been fixing bugs and adjusting our roadmap for the future based on your feedback. Here is our first set of bug fixes along with some extra content as well. We will be releasing smaller updates like this more regularly between large feature releases to keep you up to date with our progress.
Mystery Island Map Update
In the last release, we shared a work-in-progress version of the beta Mystery Island map as we experimented to find the best way to experience site maps on smaller devices like phones. We will continue to make further tweaks in future releases, but wanted to get the latest updated version into your hands. Check it out!
We've all been spending a lot more time indoors lately, and sometimes you need a break from minigames or Nerkmid runs. So to help pass the time, we've made some improvements to the pages that host our Neopets colouring book pages and brought them into beta.Colouring pages are now available in beta for the following lands. Print and enjoy!
Previously in the beta, a set of converted pages were automatically bookmarked for all users. However, this system never fully worked the way we intended, so we have removed these automatic bookmarks to give you full control over which pages you deem most important. You can always reference these release notes to see what pages have been converted. Additionally, a number of pages in the last release were not made available to be bookmarked. We have updated our list of pages that can be bookmarked to include these, as well as some pages within the Neoboards.
We're slowing chipping away at the vast amount of content on the site, so here are a few more dailies and other pages you can now more easily visit on mobile devices.
We still won't tell you what it's for, but wanted to make sure you stayed away, even on your phone!
The Secret Ninja Training School is now accessible via the beta Mystery Island Map.
The phrase "Dress Up" in the pet care menu has been updated to "customise" to reflect the use of the term elsewhere on the site.
The "Yes" button in the warning popup when leaving the beta has been changed from blue to green.
The count of how many of your Neofriends are currently online has been temporarily disabled in the navigation (above the "Community" link). This feature may be reinstated once the community dropdown menu has been implemented.
Some additional padding has been restored to the pet carousel on the homepage when only one pet is viewed at a time on smaller devices. This means that the arrows for switching between pets will no longer move up and down when switching between pets.
Final functionality has been added for the "Details" button within the pet care menu, allowing you to visit your pets' lookups. Pet lookups have not yet been converted, so this link will take you out of the beta.
A bug involving padding below the remaining character count on Neoboard Topics and the "Create a Topic" page on some devices has been fixed.
The way in which news and alerts notifications are cleared has been improved.
The total number of notifications now appear above the notification bell in the site navigation. This number combines your news notifications and your alerts notifications.
The news feed in the news & alerts dropdown has been updated to change how content is loaded in, allowing for news items in this feed to never expire.
Five links in the navigation have been updated to allow pages to be opened in other tabs or windows by right or middle clicking. This functionality is not available for links leading to pages outside of the beta. However, we plan to update this in a future release.
Users will once again be limited to taking 10 items a day from the Money Tree.
A bug related to the interaction between the Rubbish Dump and the Money Tree has been fixed.
We have fixed a bug that was preventing the beta customisation page to load for many users. We understand that some users are still experiencing issues, and are continuing to look into issues in regards to the beta customisation feature.
In updating the news dropdown, we've encountered an issue with news items not displaying on some phones and struggling to load news items on some desktop browsers. We should have this issue resolved shortly.
After reviewing user feedback, we've decided to prioritize the following larger features for future updates. As always, let us know what you'd like to see brought into the beta next!
Giving premim members access to a premium dropdown menu with some of the links you're used to seeing in the premium bar
Getting you access to some mobile friendly site themes, with more to come at a later date
Finishing dropdown menus in the mobile friendly navigation so you have easier access to all of your regular pages, even if they haven't been converted yet
We're also looking into giving you the option to keep the profile menu open at all times on desktop
In between these larger releases we'll be putting out smaller bundles of content, which may include things like sets of site themes, dailies and other smaller pages that only need a little touch-up to be mobile-friendly.
Premium members can now access the premium boards directly from the main board index, without needing to switch to a separate Premium boards page. (Don't worry, these boards are still only accessible to premium members.)
We've reorganized the index of boards so that boards are now grouped by category and easier to find.
You can now see the total number of topics, comments, and most recent post for entire boards, not just topics.
In a future update, we will be overhauling how you add html tags and smilies to your topics and replies (giving you direct access to the full smiley catalogue more easily). For now we hope you'll still enjoy using the boards on your mobile devices using the current system.
We will also be moving and combining the forum rules and Wall of Shame pages in a future update. We know how important it is that all users have easy access to the rules and guidelines of the entire site, not just the Neoboards.
For the time being, you won't be able to directly access your Neoboard preferences from the Neoboard pages. The Neoboard preferences page has not yet been made mobile-friendly, and will eventually be part of an overhauled and consolidated settings system accessible through the profile menu.
Before you even ask, we are aware of the new features you'd like to see added to the Neoboard system. We've been discussing some of these internally, but can't make any promises. These things are a lot more complicated/costly than you may think.
increasing the character limit for topics & replies
increasing the time limit before replies are automatically purged
liking/reacting to topics & replies
tagging other users or quote replying
Mystery Island is the first land to make the switch to being mobile-friendly! Not every feature on the island is ready quite yet, but a large portion are now available for testing. The following pages have been converted, along with the Mystery Island map itself, so checking it all out should be a breeze.
Pet Care Updates
Pet images now display within the pet care popup.
Addressed redirect error when using items in new homepage Pet Care feature.
'lbs' now displays as the unit of measurement for item weight within the Pet Care feature.
The Discarded Magical Blue Grundo Plushie of Prosperity should now provide the full set of random outcomes.
Items that are currently in the Trading Post will no longer display as part of your inventory when using Pet Care.
Preferences for viewing either the beta or the classic site view are now stored on our servers, so users will no longer be switched from classic to beta view on different devices, or based on expired cookies.
We've been lurking on the boards to see what you think, and we've heard some great ideas! Here are a few things you're asking for that we're going to look into. (No promises!)
When clicking through to the customisation page from Pet Care, the page should open up with the pet selected that you were viewing in Pet Care.
An indicator and countdown should be visible for each pet on the homepage that is currently in the Neolodge.
The Neopian Standard Time clock visible at all times in the primary navigation bar.
We've seen users mentioning web push notifications. This is definitely something we want to do, but we probably won't be able to work on those kinds of features until most, if not all, of the site is Flash-free and mobile-friendly first.
Some users have requested that the profile menu (the side panel on the left showing your pet) remain open by default. This is something we've discussed internally for the news dropdown as well. However, making this compatible with fluidly responsive page content would require resources we can't dedicate right now, but we haven't eliminated the possibility sometime in the future.
Accessibility features are, regrettably, often one of the last things addressed in a development cycle. We're proud to have such a diverse community, and we want to do everything we can to make sure Neopets.com is accessible to anyone who wants to play. Look out for better coverage of disability considerations in a future update.
We know not every page on Mystery Island has been converted yet. If you're looking for the Island Market, Mystery Island Kitchen, Trading Post, Tiki Tours or Training School on your phone, you'll have to wait a little longer.
Some links are currently generating in a matter that prevents users from right clicking to open them in a new tab. Although we will be changing this for links where we can, any links generated dynamically won't be available with this functionality. This includes all links that give you a "leaving beta" popup first.
What do you want to see make it into the beta next? Are you waiting on your favorite dailies, or a larger feature like Neomail? Let us know on the Mobile Beta Neoboards.
The Altador Cup is coming up soon, and we're sure you're wondering if it will be mobile-friendly. The Altador Cup is one of our largest annual events, and although it will eventually be fully mobile-friendly, we just can't squeeze that in this year. Instead, we will have a page available within the beta to deliver important stats from the event. Have you decided what team you'll be joining this year?
Now you can easily customise your pet from the comfort of your phone, or on your computer without using Flash! Please note that our Meepits are hard at work converting your customisation items out of Flash, but it's taking some time. Some of our items may not be converted yet, and thus not available for preview in the beta view.
The Presets feature will return in a future update.
Visiting the Neopets.com homepage is going to be a very different experience moving forward. No longer will you be bombarded with tons of banners and news items. Instead, we've made the homepage into a little home for your pets!
Here you'll be able to quickly and easily feed & groom your pets on the go, as well as a few other quick-actions.
Does this mean we're filtering your inventory natively now? Yes, so stay tuned for the new inventory page coming your way in a future update.
Plus, don't be surprised if Petpets come to cozy up to their owners here soon as well!
News, Alerts & Site Events
Having trouble keeping track of everything going on on the site?
Well we've got a few quality of life improvements to help with that.
First, any time there's a major ongoing event happening (like Festival of Neggs ), we'll let you know straight on the homepage when a character comes to visit. Additionally, you can preview the latest news headlines right from the News & Alerts dropdown, and handle all of your alerts (like Trudy's Surprise, trade requests, etc) without leaving whatever page you're on.
The following minigames have been converted from Flash to HTML5 so that you can play them on any device:
We'll be regularly rolling out more converted games in the coming weeks.
Don't worry, all of the extra information you're used to seeing on games pages isn't gone forever. We're completely overhauling the layout of games pages so that all of that content is mobile friendly, as well as the Gamesroom itself, which you'll see in a future update. For now, we wanted to get you playing the games themselves as quickly as possible.
Additionally, score submission has been temporarily disabled for games within the beta. If you'd like to submit scores for a game, please switch over to classic view and play again.
Wouldn't you love to visit the Healing Springs while riding the bus, or donate to the Money Tree on the toilet? Well now you can! For now, you can easily visit the following dailies pages on any device, and we'll be rolling out more and more in the coming weeks!
Money Tree NC Donations are not mobile responsive yet.
104 Neopian shops are now available to peruse on any device. We can't list all 104 here, but if you're used to seeing "/objects.phtml?type=shop&obj_type=" in the URL for a shop, rest assured it's been converted. We've also set the "Shop" link in the navigation bar to temporarily send you to Neopian Fresh Foods to get a taste of these shop upgrades. Happy shopping!
You may have noticed the little flag and heart icons that are now in the upper left of your screen. Premium members may already be accustomed to the Dailies system of quick-links for easier navigation. We've expanded on that idea to allow all users to easily bookmark most pages (not just dailies) straight from those pages. Additional features surrounding bookmarks will be available in future updates.
Switching out of the Beta
If, for whatever reason, you no longer want to be looking at the beta version of any of the pages we've previously discussed, simply click on the "View Classic Site" button in the profile menu to return to the site as all non-beta viewers see it. To get back into the beta view, click the "View Beta" link that's now on the right side of the "Logout" button for you.
If you notice the following p3s, erm I mean bugs, no need to report them. We're already on the case!
If HTML5 games are not fully loading after retry you may get better results by clearing your phone's cache.
HTML5 games don't currently fluidly resize with your device width.
When clicking on an HTML5 game, it may automatically switch to fullscreen mode. This is temporary functionality for us to test out fullscreen mode.
We've provided you with some starter bookmarks to help find some converted dailies easier while the maps are still Flash-based. However, these additional bookmarks don't currently show up on the Bookmarks page, and the messaging within the bookmarks dropdown is incomplete.
Icons for bookmarks are currently temporary, and will eventually be specific to certain bookmark categories.
Viewing news or alerts items does not currently clear the notification icons.
If you attempt to navigate to a Neopian shop from an external link with a slightly rearranged URL, the shop may not display as able to be bookmarked. Internal links should all redirect to the version of each shop that can be bookmarked.
The Neopia Central map is still a Flash-based map, despite now sitting within the beta view. For now the unconverted map needs to be included in the beta view so that you can enjoy the Neopian shops, but Neopia Central is high-up on our list of maps to convert.
The link to customise your pet within Pet Care currently reads "Dress Up" instead of the "Customise" terminology used elsewhere.
Pressing the "View Classic Site" button while in Beta view currently redirects you to the homepage instead of sending you to the classic version of whatever page you are currently on.
The response popup when using items within Pet Care reads "Success" even if errors are returned.
After using an item within Pet Care, before refreshing the page, unrelated text on the page (primarily in the navigation bar) shrinks.
The content within the popup displaying the result of using an item in Pet Care is not restyled to fit the new beta view (text font and button style).
News items within the News dropdown are not currently formatted with links in the intended manner.
The new Mystery Island map is a work in progress both visually and functionally. You may notice issues with lag when hovering over locations on the map, and visual glitches with the glow in and around locations when hovering over them.
There are a few links and items you'll see in this new layout that aren't fully functional quite yet. We're working hard to flesh these features out, but wanted to get you access to earlier versions in the meantime.
The magnifying glass icon in the navigation bar will allow you to search the site, with some improvements to the site search feature.
The "Community", "Shop" and "Premium" buttons in the navigation bar will likely be getting dropdowns in the future as those sections of the site are converted.
The "Shops" link in the navigation bar temporarily links directly to the Neopian Fresh Foods shop for your convenience. This link will change as more of the site is converted.
The "Active/Inactive" button in the lower right of the Pet Care preview will allow you to set one of your inactive pets to be your active pet.
The icons associated with "Hunger" and "Mood" in the Pet Care preview will change based on your pet's hunger and mood level respectively.
The box in the upper right of the Pet Care preview will display the selected pet with their full background customisation, and will be resizable to a full-view.
The "Details" button in the Pet Care preview will link to your full pet lookup.
The "Take Photo" button in the Pet Care preview will eventually function similarly to the current "send your pet" feature, with potentially additional social media integrations.
A fullscreen toggle button will be available for viewing HTML5 games in full screen.
Additionally, we wanted to reassure you that site themes are not going anywhere!
Those will be coming soon, with new mobile-friendly twists on all the classic themes rolled out in stages, as well as new mobile-only themes in the future.
What specific pages will we convert in the next release? Well that's a Mystery...