Website development timeline
  • About

    Welcome to the community timeline! launched on November 8th, 2010. Our online creative community grew with the explosive popularity of Minecraft. The iconic sandbox game has captured and expanded the imaginations of millions of people around the world for over 10 years! The timeline below attempts to document the major milestones of our community website.

    You are on this historic journey through time whether this is your day one or you've been here for years.

    Together the community has shared a decade of Minecraft creativity, updates, trends and social interactions with many more to come. We've seen generations of members exploring their artistic talents, inspiring creativity in all forms, motivating each other and downloading and customizing entire worlds.

    There are countless stories and experiences from our interactions and time together.

    Please sign our guest book.
  • Guest Book

    Login or register to post to their guest book.
  • Community Development Timeline

    November 2010
    Nov 5th, 2010
    First Map posted!

    Fun fact: The first map was posted before the website was launched! It was a test that worked and lives on.
    Nov 8th, 2010
    Website Launched!
    On this day, astronomers spot a new planet being born with unique properties. Announcement thread.

    The earliest known live visual design of PMC is shown below:

    You'll note that the Site Statistics says the site launched on the 9th. That is actually when it was publically announced on Reddit! Before that, the only visitor was Cyprezz...
    Nov 10th, 2010
    Milestone 100 members!
    Nov 16th, 2010
    First Update
    Ah, the very first of many updates. The updates included allowing downloadable maps, an image gallery, progress bars and even squished a few bugs. Original update thread
    Nov 25th, 2010
    First Blog posted!
    Nov 30th, 2010
    Milestone 100 Maps!
    December 2010
    Dec 1st, 2010
    Update #2
    The second update log announced texture packs and a bunch of tweaks that were later updated over the years.

    Behold the oldest known screenshot of the content management form!
    Dec 3rd, 2010
    Skin Renders
    In preparation to launch the skin section, Cyprezz wrote the first skin render and defined the initial categories.

    His first skin and test...

    Dec 3rd, 2010
    First Texture Pack posted!
    Dec 4th, 2010
    Skin Section Announced
    The original announcement of the skin section. Here's what a skin page looked like! down votes? haha

    Dec 4th, 2010
    First Skin posted!

    First Skin
    Dec 5th, 2010
    Early Forums & Listings
    Dec 6th, 2010
    Milestone 100 Skins!
    Dec 15th, 2010
    Added Update Logs for submissions
    This feature provides a clean way to log updates for larger in progress submissions. It helps keep the main description clean while allowing us to make minor edits without bumping our submission onto the homepage. In the future, the site will display a site wide activity feed using the update logs and other information. source

    Dec 21st, 2010
    Milestone 500 members!
    January 2011
    Jan 8th, 2011
    First Server posted!
    Jan 9th, 2011
    Milestone 500 Skins!
    Jan 10th, 2011
    First Mod posted!
    Jan 21st, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 members!
    February 2011
    Feb 15th, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 Skins!
    Feb 26th, 2011
    Updated comment system
    The ability to moderate your own comments plus the very first notifications! source
    Feb 27th, 2011
    Pop Reels
    The popular reels used to be limited to displaying only on the homepage. This day and thread marks when a random idea spawned the sectional featured galleries.

    Feb 27th, 2011
    Milestone 2,500 members!
    March 2011
    Mar 8th, 2011
    Our First Moderators
    As the community expanded moderators became a necessity. The very first moderators were Zaralith, Zeranny and kacboy! On this day, they become forum moderators. It wasn't until later that site moderation tools were developed! Apparently, Cyprezz never slept.
    Mar 8th, 2011
    Community Update
    At this point in time, Planet Minecraft launched 4 months ago. We've gone from an idea to 3,240 members and 2,734 Minecraft submissions in 4 months.

    As the word spreads our creativity is getting more exposure, feedback and downloads. Today, 14,000+ people visit and view over 130,000 pages on Planet Minecraft each day. Thing is, we continue to pick up speed. We're growing at about 80-100 members a day now.

    Here's our visitor traffic growth from day 1 to March 7th, 2011:

    Mar 14th, 2011
    Milestone 500 Maps!
    Mar 18th, 2011
    Milestone 100 Texture Packs!
    Mar 26th, 2011
    Milestone 5,000 members!
    Mar 26th, 2011
    Milestone 2,500 Skins!
    April 2011
    Apr 13th, 2011
    Milestone 100 Blogs!
    Apr 15th, 2011
    PMC Chat v1.0

    The first version of PMC Chat was launched on this day. source
    Apr 20th, 2011
    Milestone 5,000 Skins!
    Apr 22nd, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 Maps!
    Apr 22nd, 2011
    Milestone 10,000 members!
    May 2011
    May 3rd, 2011
    Official rules
    This day marks when we published our site rules.
    May 23rd, 2011
    Site Moderation Tools
    Site wide moderation tools are launched allowing moderators to help manage posted Minecraft content. Prior to this moderation was limited to the forums. Cyprezz was "handling" the site moderation.

    At this time the forum system is phpbb while the rest of the website is custom coded. This created a hybrid that "worked" for many years before we ultimately replaced the forums with our own internal system.

    May 29th, 2011
    Milestone 10,000 Skins!
    May 31st, 2011
    Member Subscriptions and Submission Favorites
    Today marks the day when subscribing to members and favoriting their content is possible!

    June 2011
    Jun 9th, 2011
    Milestone 2,500 Maps!
    Jun 17th, 2011
    Member Levels, XP, Classes and Rankings
    We now earn experience points for our submissions. Experience translates into levels and member ranks.

    We also have classes. At level 1, we have 3 choices (Miner, Crafter, Explorer). I've randomly set everyone to one of the three. As you level, you unlock more classes. If you're at level 2, you've already unlocked the first set.

    We had SigCards or Signature cards. These little images were generated with our basic stats for the purpose of displaying it in our forums as well as others to promote your profile page.

    Here is Cyprezz's sigcard locked in time with stats from when sigcards were retired. The blank spot was for a member's avatar.

    Jun 22nd, 2011
    Milestone 500 Blogs!
    Jun 23rd, 2011
    Milestone 500 Texture Packs!
    Jun 29th, 2011
    Milestone 50,000 members!
    July 2011
    Jul 10th, 2011
    Milestone 100 Mods!
    Jul 10th, 2011
    Milestone 5,000 Maps!
    Jul 15th, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 Blogs!
    Jul 25th, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 Texture Packs!
    August 2011
    Aug 17th, 2011
    Milestone 10,000 Maps!
    Aug 23rd, 2011
    Milestone 100,000 members!
    Aug 30th, 2011
    Milestone 50,000 Skins!
    September 2011
    Sep 6th, 2011
    Milestone 2,500 Blogs!
    Sep 18th, 2011
    Milestone 500 Mods!
    October 2011
    Oct 1st, 2011
    Milestone 2,500 Texture Packs!
    Oct 7th, 2011
    First Official Contest

    We launch official contests. The first is a Halloween themed skin contest which is a smash success with over 1,400 entries!
    Oct 24th, 2011
    Milestone 5,000 Blogs!
    November 2011
    Nov 5th, 2011
    Milestone 100,000 Skins!
    Nov 6th, 2011
    Milestone 1,000 Mods!
    December 2011
    Dec 24th, 2011
    Milestone 10,000 Blogs!
    Dec 26th, 2011
    Milestone 5,000 Texture Packs!
    February 2012
    Feb 7th, 2012
    First Project Contest

    We launched our first project contest, Minecraft Island Resorts! It received 585 entries and the winning entry went on to be the VR ride at Minecon in our booth!
    Feb 9th, 2012
    Server Upgrades
    PMC is forced to upgrade our dedicated servers again to accommodate the increasing popularity of the game and community. Quad Opteron x8-6128, 32 cpu, 96.0GB RAM, SAS Drive Raid 10 Server

    The following Saturday we have no downtime and 2,457,090 pageviews!
    Feb 12th, 2012
    Milestone 250,000 members!
    Feb 22nd, 2012
    Milestone 50,000 Maps!
    March 2012
    Mar 6th, 2012
    Milestone 100 Servers!
    Mar 30th, 2012
    Top List for Servers
    star We launch a top list and voting system for servers.
    May 2012
    May 13th, 2012
    Milestone 250,000 Skins!
    May 14th, 2012
    Milestone 10,000 Texture Packs!
    June 2012
    Jun 9th, 2012
    Milestone 2,500 Mods!
    July 2012
    Jul 13th, 2012
    Milestone 500,000 members!
    Jul 24th, 2012
    Milestone 100,000 Maps!
    September 2012
    Sep 20th, 2012
    Milestone 50,000 Blogs!
    October 2012
    Oct 5th, 2012
    PMC TV Guide

    Launched a TV Guide for PMC TV. We still have yet to fully realize the potential of this section. Once we hand control over to the community, it will finally have a chance to grow.
    Oct 22nd, 2012
    Extra Life Charity Event

    The Planet Minecraft community participates in their first ExtraLife fundraising charity event!
    You can still view and download the carnival map built by PMC staff, Creative-Node and other special guests.
    December 2012
    Dec 6th, 2012
    PM System
    We launch our own custom direct messaging system moving us another step away from relying on phpbb forums.

    January 2013
    Jan 29th, 2013
    Milestone 5,000 Mods!
    February 2013
    Feb 10th, 2013
    Milestone 500,000 Skins!
    April 2013
    Apr 8th, 2013
    Schemagic released!

    Schemagic, now PMCView3D, was launched by Paril allowing the community to view uploaded maps in our browser in full 3D!
    Apr 10th, 2013
    Milestone 1,000,000 members!
    Apr 24th, 2013
    Growing pains and gains!
    At this point, PMC is exploding with the popularity of Minecraft. Our servers are struggling to handle the traffic and our moderation team is overwhelmed with handling the influx of over 1 million members and their content.

    We move to more powerful servers, start using Cloudlare and introduce new moderation tools. source
    May 2013
    May 10th, 2013

    We introduce the ability to papercraft your favorite skins! source
    May 21st, 2013
    Launched the Official Planet Minecraft server!

    Far away on a distant world, is Planet Minecraft. A strange world, this Planet Minecraft, it calls to a singular community of Minecrafters who have banded together to create the greatest world ever. Join your friends in creating a massive city, or strike out on your own and make a quiet getaway. Battle fierce monsters in the rabid wilderness, or raise your flocks on a tranquil hill. These options and many more are available for those who have proven themselves worthy. source

    The server was eventually shut down but we're reopening it for the 10 year anniversary!
    September 2013
    Sep 16th, 2013
    Paril officially joins Cyprezz on the development team

    Announcement including other site updates, member activity feeds, subscription & subscriber management, disabling comments and texture pack schemagic support.
    October 2013
    Oct 27th, 2013
    PMC Chat 3.1
    Chat was updated to version 3.1, which utilizes new technology and written entirely from scratch. It's more responsive, much faster and easier to use.

    November 2013
    Nov 2nd, 2013
    Minecon 2013 Exhibitor
    PlanetMinecraft was an exhibitor at Minecon 2013. Our booth featured a VR Roller Coaster ride with maps from our contest, a non-stop livestream from popular Twitch & YouTube Minecrafts for Charity, real life popular reel, custom PMC swag giveaways and more. It was an amazing and crazy experience where we met a few thousand Minecraft fans and each other.

    December 2013
    Dec 12th, 2013
    New Rules System
    We overhaul our rules system giving it an interactive table of contents and the ability to wiki style edit them internally.

    In addition to the rules being more manageable, sections of the rules were pulled into context on the website. This put the most relevant rules where they needed to be seen.
    Dec 15th, 2013
    Milestone 250,000 Maps!
    Dec 28th, 2013
    Milestone 500 Servers!
    Dec 31st, 2013
    Subreddit /r/planetminecraft
    We started a PlanetMinecraft subreddit that wasn't properly promoted besides the initial announcement.

    January 2014
    Jan 5th, 2014
    Dynamic Website Header
    Paril creates a dynamic website header which has evolved to include rotating planets, day/night cycle, stars & constellations, weather effects, special seasonal effects and more!

    It's both beautiful and a reminder that our world keeps turning and changing.
    May 2014
    May 16th, 2014
    Greenlight System
    We launch a Greenlight system to review Minecraft mods and texture packs posted by level 1 members to help prevent stolen, malicious and inappropriate content. Our moderators have helped maintain content quality standards and the Greenlight system is only one of many methods of doing so.

    The oldest mod that is still live and passed the Greenlight system.

    June 2014
    Jun 18th, 2014
    Milestone 1,500,000 members!
    August 2014
    Aug 1st, 2014
    Site Notifications
    The introduction of site notifications allowed members to know what's happening and where. Over the years, site notifications have grown to cover nearly every type of activity.
    Aug 21st, 2014
    Youtube Section Launched
    This section features YouTube channels & videos from members of Planet Minecraft. The majority of the channels share Minecraft videos and you will see other gaming related channels, art, music and more here.

    We hope this will help you discover new channels to watch while also helping our members grow their YouTube audience!
    Aug 21st, 2014
    Minecraft Banner Editor
    We launch our Minecraft banner editor and banner section for sharing design patterns for Minecraft. We eventually update the editor to include give codes for shields as well.

    The first banner.

    September 2014
    Sep 26th, 2014
    Collections are launched allowing members to organize their favorite submissions either for personal or public sharing purposes.

    November 2014
    Nov 10th, 2014
    Milestone 100,000 Blogs!
    December 2014
    Dec 16th, 2014
    Responsive and mobile is now a fully responsive website that will optimize its layout to improve our viewing experience across a wide range of devices. It responds to desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. source
    October 2015
    Oct 1st, 2015
    Name changes
    We introduce the ability to periodically change your username. We all change with time and some of us change enough to want a new name.

    January 2016
    Jan 21st, 2016
    Ticket System
    We launch an official ticket system for website support, feature suggestions and bug reporting. source

    February 2016
    Feb 5th, 2016
    Milestone 1,000 Servers!
    May 2016
    May 30th, 2016
    Milestone 2,000,000 members!
    August 2016
    Aug 2nd, 2016
    Milestone 1,000,000 Skins!
    Aug 21st, 2016
    First Data Pack posted!
    February 2017
    Feb 9th, 2017
    Member Profile Update!
    Our member profile system is completely overhauled. This introduced widgets giving members greater freedom to customize their profiles and present their content. It launched with 18 different widgets types including an all new wall post section, social media links, personalized home feeds and more!

    See the announcement and very first wall post here.


    Feb 9th, 2017
    Milestone 100 Wall Posts!
    Feb 11th, 2017
    Milestone 500 Wall Posts!
    Feb 16th, 2017
    Milestone 1,000 Wall Posts!
    Feb 17th, 2017
    Content Time Machine!

    We launch the Planet Minecraft Time Machine allowing us to browse years worth of creative Minecraft content by month, year and subject. A new filter is introduced into general content listings. Our creativity has evolved over the years with practice and various updates to the game itself.
    March 2017
    Mar 12th, 2017
    Milestone 2,500 Wall Posts!
    Mar 13th, 2017
    Customized Feeds

    Added the ability to customize what you see in your personalized feeds! source
    April 2017
    Apr 20th, 2017
    Milestone 5,000 Wall Posts!
    June 2017
    Jun 30th, 2017
    Milestone 10,000 Wall Posts!
    August 2017
    Aug 9th, 2017
    New Forums and Member System

    On this day we launched our own forum system and member account systems. This shed our use of phpbb forums for both purposes. The new forums unified the site UI along with introducing emeralds, feeds, threaded replies and more.

    June 2018
    Jun 22nd, 2018

    We launched PMCSkin3D our browser based advanced Minecraft Skin Editor. This not only allows the creation of skins but streamlines publishing them to the world.
    Jun 24th, 2018
    Milestone 50,000 Wall Posts!
    July 2018
    Jul 31st, 2018
    Community Event Calendar

    This is a calendar of community events that are currently being held on Planet Minecraft originally established and maintained by DinowCookie our resident event host. Events sorted by category, theme and deadline. If you want your event added to this calendar or if you have any questions about it, please comment on the calendar or send a PM to DinowCookie or PMC
    September 2018
    Sep 9th, 2018
    Milestone 100 Data Packs!
    October 2018
    Oct 1st, 2018
    First Official Community Event

    We host our first non-competitive community event allowing up to 5 entries of various subjects from each participant to collectively create content around a common theme. Considering our first official contest was Halloween themed, it seemed like a fitting first event. The event received 48 maps, 558 skins and 16 blogs.

    View our current community events.
    Oct 3rd, 2018
    Batty the first PMC Pet

    Batty was a random idea that spawned from creating the contest banner for the Halloween event. Cyprezz wanted to click the hanging bat and ran with the concept. While Batty is the simplest of the PMC pets with only one "emote", they inspired the creation of every pet after them. New pets typically arrive with seasonal events.

    iRoboMatic_ found Batty #1 on Oct 3rd, 2018 at 8:48 am EST.
    November 2018
    Nov 8th, 2018
    Modernized Website Design
    We launch the first of several iterations of modernizing the website layout and design. Because of the many sections, systems and features of the community, design updates are rolled out in phases. On this day, the update included revamping the header, xp bar, submission listings and more.

    We're always looking to improve.
    Nov 16th, 2018
    The PMC Weekly

    The weekly round up of community events and highlighted content and members is "officially" established. Like most ideas, they start small and grow over time. Here is when they were officially titled "Wall Post Weekly".

    The PMC Weekly Wall Post grew in size and coverage and moved to the forums to become the "The PMC Weekly" . You can read all of our latest weeklys in our news section.
    December 2018
    Dec 14th, 2018
    We launch our own mentioning system allowing members to credit, attract attention and communicate in unique ways. Cyprezz Paril PMC

    January 2019
    Jan 8th, 2019
    Homepage revamp and menu dashboard
    The homepage was reorganized and all new tabs have appeared.
    • My Feed : Content from your subscriptions.
    • Community Feed : Content from EVERYONE! You can filter what content you want to see.
    • Trending : Sorted view of content defaulted to sort by Trending.
    • Subjects : See "cards" of last 4 submissions of every subject type.
    • Quick Menu : A brand new quick menu for members. So convenient!
    Jan 18th, 2019
    First Movie Night

    We host our first PMC Movie Night on channel 6 featuring the full length Mineraft movie, A Wizard's Tale by Ray_Savage

    Jan 22nd, 2019
    Main navigation revamp!
    We outgrow our main navigation requiring an overhaul to the design on desktop and mobile. The footer is also redesigned to present more information in a more organized format.

    After Update:

    Before Update:
    Jan 24th, 2019
    Revamped content listings and the notification wars!
    We launch a new content listing format introducing the ability to diamond, favorite and collect content from the listing itself.

    This inadvertently caused a major notification war among members raining diamonds and favorites on each other. Battle waged over the weekend before Cyprezz could add additional features to mitigate it. Good times! Notif spam is still a thing but not like that first weekend!

    February 2019
    Feb 1st, 2019
    Community Pixel Project

    An experimental community project that took off and quickly became hard to maintain. It has over 100 custom dividers that the community can use on their profiles and descriptions. It is also proof that an official section for managing pixel art would do well on PMC.... someday!?
    March 2019
    Mar 1st, 2019
    Guest book widget
    A new widget allowing members to receive public but personalized messages from others.
    May 2019
    May 13th, 2019
    Milestone 500 Data Packs!
    May 29th, 2019
    Unified content reply system
    All content replies were moved into a unified reply system and the same one we use on forum threads. This allowed reply notifications, emeralds, XP and more.
    June 2019
    Jun 13th, 2019
    Forum category restructure
    A major restructure of our forums! We reorganized existing categories and added many new ones. Here's the new Table of Contents.
    July 2019
    Jul 29th, 2019
    Milestone 2,500,000 members!
    August 2019
    Aug 15th, 2019
    Milestone 100,000 Wall Posts!
    September 2019
    Sep 8th, 2019
    Milestone 1,000 Data Packs!
    October 2019
    Oct 11th, 2019
    Core update
    While this event wasn't public, it's an internal milestone that we can't leave off the timeline. The core update was a major refactor in our code base that transformed the way we work on a daily basis. Perhaps more importantly it opened up a doorway to another world that has yet to be discovered... time will tell.
    November 2019
    Nov 7th, 2019
    Mobile content cards revamped!
    Nov 16th, 2019
    Promoting content creator social media
    In an effort to help our content creators grow their presence on popular social media platforms, we begin displaying social links under content authors.

    We also introduce GitHub, PayPal & Patreon links.

    December 2019
    Dec 13th, 2019
    PMCSkin3D : Mob Skin Update

    You can now design and publish mob skins on Planet Minecraft! We support nearly all of the mobs except for a small pawful. Paril even squeezed in the newest BEE mob last minute! A whole new world is opening up for our talented skinning community. source
    Dec 13th, 2019
    First Mob Skin posted!

    First Mob Skin
    Powder Puff Snowman
    Dec 14th, 2019
    Milestone 100 Mob Skins!
    Dec 17th, 2019
    Milestone 500 Mob Skins!
    Dec 19th, 2019
    Downloadable Mini Mob Packs!

    We launch the ability to download mob skins in an easy to install resource pack to replace any variation of the mob in the game itself.
    Dec 22nd, 2019
    Milestone 1,000 Mob Skins!
    January 2020
    Jan 27th, 2020
    Milestone 2,500 Servers!
    February 2020
    Feb 2nd, 2020
    Milestone 2,500 Mob Skins!
    April 2020
    Apr 1st, 2020
    Milestone 5,000 Mob Skins!
    May 2020
    May 16th, 2020
    Milestone 10,000 Mob Skins!
    May 18th, 2020
    Content listing revamp!
    New listing format reducing noise by removing long form numbers and description labeling, adding more inline-actions and introducing an alternative card view!

    The card view became the standard mobile view unifying desktop and mobile designs.
    June 2020
    Jun 20th, 2020
    Milestone 2,500 Data Packs!
    Jun 23rd, 2020
    Dark Mode!
    Added an official dark mode.

    July 2020
    Jul 30th, 2020
    HD Player Skins
    With Minecraft Bedrock Edition supporting HD skins, we decided to support the publication of them on PMC! HD Skins are 2x the resolution of standard definition skins allowing a much greater level of detail to be packed into each one.

    HD Skin : NIGHT RUNNING by Michiru

    October 2020
    Oct 25th, 2020
    Milestone 10,000 Mods!
    November 2020
    Nov 8th, 2020
    First Bedrock Server posted!
    January 2021
    Jan 20th, 2021
    Milestone 3,000,000 members!
    Jan 26th, 2021
    Milestone 5,000 Data Packs!
    March 2021
    Mar 4th, 2021
    Milestone 50,000 Mob Skins!
    Mar 24th, 2021
    Milestone 500,000 Maps!
    April 2021
    Apr 7th, 2021
    Milestone 250,000 Wall Posts!
    Apr 12th, 2021
    Milestone 1,500,000 Skins!
    July 2021
    Jul 3rd, 2021
    Milestone 100 Bedrock Servers!
    October 2021
    Oct 10th, 2021
    Milestone 10,000 Data Packs!
    December 2021
    Dec 13th, 2021
    Milestone 50,000 Texture Packs!
    January 2022
    Jan 13th, 2022
    Milestone 3,500,000 members!
    Jan 30th, 2022
    Milestone 5,000 Servers!
    May 2022
    May 22nd, 2022
    Milestone 100,000 Mob Skins!
    December 2022
Planet Minecraft


© 2010 - 2022