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Jimpix.co.uk is a small independent website based in North-West England. I started it in December 1999.

I run the site as a hobby, as it's a fun place to learn about web technology, do something "arty" with ecards, and it provides a place to display my photos and to have a tinker with username generator related stuff as I like silly word combinations.


Site Info

Host
Simply Cloud, since July 2015
Additional Host
Amazon AWS, since June 2019 for some static content like CSS and JS
Database
MySQL
CSS Framework
Twitter Bootstrap
Transactional Emails
Mandrill

Change Log


2019

10-NOV-2017
Added elastic username generator
09-JUN-2019
Added option to display individual usernames on its own e.g. slioch cheese. Also added bouncing and blinking typography sections.
05-JUN-2019
Started hosting username JS and CSS files on Amazon AWS
12-JAN-2019
Reduced number of usernames checked on username checking page to 10 instead of about 18, and returned all results in one chunk of HTML to allow one call to PHP checking page instead of 18 calls to the page, to reduce load on PHP script.
02-JAN-2019
Launched the spoonerisms section.

2018

27-DEC-2018
Updated design of passphrase generator with "yourword" option to include results in textarea field.
24-DEC-2018
Another u-turn - members ecards will not be deleted at all, unless there is 15 months of inactivity on the account.
16-DEC-2018
Changed my mind - won't delete user accounts after all!
24-NOV-2018
Refreshed design of username experiments page
20-NOV-2018
Added new passphrase generator with "yourword" option
27-OCT-2018
Removed option for new user accounts to be created. Provided notice that user accounts will be deleted on 1st Jan 2019. Also linked username pages to new username-api website.
04-JUL-2018
Added option to passphrase generator to allow words to be split with dashes, symbols, numbers etc.
19-MAY-2018

2017

23-DEC-2017
  • Added option to check username availability - click on a username to check availability across a number of popular social media websites
  • Added username variations pages
  • Added grid display of random usernames to the 3 busiest username pages, before form is submitted
  • Removed right-hand sidebar from the 3 busiest username pages
26-NOV-2017
Moved username pages over to https
25-NOV-2017
  • Bells and Whistles versions of usernames re-instated
  • Pemoved bells and whistles special versions of pages
  • Put back favourite usernames options onto standard username pages.
12-NOV-2017
Added passphrase generator
02-NOV-2017
removed Google reCaptcha from send-ecard pages.
18-OCT-2017
  • Stripped back the "bells and whistles" options from the 3 busiest pages
  • Created 4 new versions with those options included on them (with bells and whistles, favourites and sort options).
  • Added custom search field onto main navigation
03-OCT-2017
Removed Sort and Favourites options. Too many bells and whistles!
24-SEP-2017
Added option to random username generator and username generator pages, allowing users to add their own text to only return words including that text.
18-SEP-2017
  • Added button to show / hide favourites options from usernames
  • Revised favourite username button functionality
10-SEP-2017
  • Deleted various generators from the site (horse and name)
  • Added option to sort username results
  • Added Snapchat and Facebook Name pages
  • Tidied up navigation for username pages
22-AUG-2017
Added ability to delete individual favourite usernames from the favourite usernames list
20-AUG-2017
Added favourite username functionality to the usernames pages, using Javascript Local Storage
15-AUG-2017
Updated the password reset process to use a password reset link instead of sending a new random password in an email
13-MAY-2017
New tiles and 3d username experiments added
28-APR-2017
Google Recaptcha validation added to the send ecard pages
17-APR-2017
16-APR-2017
  • New username voices experiment added
  • Emojis used on the send-ecard pages now include the title attribute
  • "Popular" emoji category added, and new emoji designs added
15-APR-2017
  • Updated Username Experiments page - red navigation banner added
  • Removed username circle and initials experiments
06-APR-2017
Removed all ecards from the site which had Flash content

2016

12-JUN-2016
Rich text editor added to ecards
12-JUN-2016
Emoji Username Generator added to the site

2015

15-NOV-2015
FAQ page added to the site
29-OCT-2015
SSL facility added to site for user / members section
28-JUL-2015
The first animated GIF ecards added to the site
20-JUL-2015
Flash ecards removed for good (more info)
04-JUL-2015
Moved hosting company, to Tagadab
14-JUN-2015
Ecard users now alerted via email if we cannot deliver their ecards

2014

28-DEC-2014
Ecard user accounts which have not been used for more than 15 months will be automatically deleted
12-DEC-2014
Option added to allow users to upload their own images to use in their ecards
26-AUG-2014
When signing up for a user account, you can just use your email address as your username
24-AUG-2014
Option added to allow users to set reminders for events - e.g. birthdays - email reminders sent 3 days before the event
10-MAY-2014
Ecards using flash animations changed to display a static image when viewed on smart phones and tablet devices
17-MAR-2014
New random name generator added
26-JAN-2014
Notification emails changed to HTML format
17-JAN-2014
Email delivery moved to a new provider, Mandrill

2013

04-DEC-2013
New site design - using the Bootstrap mobile first front-end framework
20-JUN-2013
  • Moved site to host Vimeo and Youtube thumbnail images externally
  • Added quick way of adding video ecards to the site
  • Homepage tweaked to show recent additions / popular content and the most popular categories for the past week
03-JUN-2013
Address book added to ecards users section

2012

01-JUN-2012
Random username generator added
12-NOV-2012
Improved the ecard search functionality

2011

18-DEC-2011
For those of you who are members, you can now search your sent ecards - handy when checking which ecards you have sent, and whether or not they have been read

2010

20-SEP-2010
Added a new ecard users section which will allow you to track sent / received ecards, and various other such bits and pieces
06-MAY-2010
Added option to have a future send-date on your ecards
29-JAN-2010
Started to include video ecards on the site

2009

23-DEC-2009
Added option to send the same ecard to multiple recipients - up to ten at the same time

Other Info

Ecards

Number Sent, Last 7 Days 223
Number Sent, Last 30 Days 822
Number of Ecards 1.378
Number of Photo Ecards 1.297

Username Generators

80% of this site's traffic goes to just 2 pages, which are the username generators:

All of the username flavours are on the usernames homepage.