SpongeBuddy Mania History
June 6, 2003
Super Sponge, more commonly known as ssj4gogita4, launches his very own site dedicated to SpongeBob, entitled SpongeBob Mania.
January 21, 2004
Inspired by the many SpongeBob fan sites out there, and our growing interest in SpongeBob, we decide to make our own SpongeBob site. Spongey34 got the idea SpongeBuddy from the episode F.U.N when Plankton says, "Oh, sponge buddy, yoohoo."
January 23, 2004
The layout is started by Spongey34.
January 28, 2004
Distracted by school and other things, we decide not to work on the site for a while, with only a few things completed so far.
February 29, 2004
After a long break, we get back to work on the site. We finish three of the biggest pages: The Movie, Episodes, and DVD/VHS.The layout is cleaned up and revised by spongedude, into SpongeBuddy v.1.
March 2, 2004
For the next month, Spongey34 becomes a co-admin for the site, along with ssj.
March 21, 2004
We somehow let almost another month slip away without doing much. From here on out we worked on the site daily.
April 3, 2004
The grand openning of SpongeBuddy.
April 7, 2004
The forums are up, thanks to spongedude.
April 8, 2004
The quiz is complete, made by Spongey34.
April 21, 2004
We get past 1,000 posts in the forums.
April 22, 2004
We add a gallery to the site.
May 3, 2004
SpongeBuddy turns one month old.
May 22, 2004
A new gallery is made. One that is more integrated with the forums.
May 29, 2004
Our newest admin, carterhawk, completes the new skin SpongeBuddy Redux, for the forums.
June 6, 2004
The first year of SpongeBob Mania finally arrives and has already made 35,000 hits.
June 11, 2004
We reach 50 members in the forums.
June 19, 2004
We (mainly spongedude) start development on SpongeBuddy v.2.
July 12, 2004
We release the SpongeBuddy v.2 site, as well as finish our transfer over to a new host with our own domain, sponge-buddy.net. You nostalgics can view SpongeBuddy v.1 and 1.5 here (v.1.5 was never released to the public).
July 18, 2004
We reach 100 members in the forums.
August 5, 2004
We reach 10,000 posts in the forums. The 10,000th post was quoted as "me" by spongedude.
August 14, 2004
The Fan Fiction Archive is added.
October 7, 2004
We reach 200 members at the forums!
December 12, 2004
The first mod election at SpongeBuddy ends; 6 new members receive the prized staff position.
December 15, 2004
We reach 20,000 posts at the forums!
December 19, 2004
Due to a power surge, all the data on the server we were hosted on is lost. Unfortunately, the most recent backup we could find was from late October. The total damage was a loss of about 6,500 posts and 70 members to the forums, and several miscellaneous updates to the site. We also found ourselves without a host.
January 12, 2005
Finally, we come back up, hosted on Lunar Pages. We slowly start to recover and rebuild. The time frame of everything that was lost is later referred to as "the void."
January 17, 2005
Due to the situation, Spongey34 and ssj4gogita4, agree to compile the content from both of their sites to form SpongeBuddy Mania. They both become the main admins, as spongedude steps down for a little while, and carterhawk is there for technical support.
January 17, 2005
We unsuccessfully launch the first contest at SpongeBuddy Mania.
February 19, 2005
For the second time, we reach 20,000 posts at the forums!
March 18, 2005
We upgrade the forums from IPB 1.3 to 2.0. New skins are made.
March 23, 2005
spongedude makes the new site layout, called SBM v1.
March 23, 2005
We pass 400 members at the forums!
March 31, 2005
We exceed 30,000 posts at the forums, faster than expected!
April 1, 2005
Thanks to the whole staff, especially carterhawk, we pull off a very elaborate April Fools prank. Lord Aku took over the forums for a day, changed the skin into a mess, and made everyone's avatar a dancing banana. Though cheesy at times, most of the members bought it and decided to fight for our freedom.
April 3, 2005
After much anticipation, our First Anniversary finally comes! We also start the Poster Contest.
April 11, 2005
Spongey34 gets around to making a first anniversary page.
May 12, 2005
The episode rankings page is added.
June 29, 2005
Thanks to gi_joe and ssj4gogita4, both staff members get around to finishing the "redux 2.0" skin, which was originally made for 1.3.
July 11, 2005
The light from above was shining on SBM on this day. 50,000 posts, 600 members, & 5,000 shouts has been reached on this day.
August 19, 2005
ssj4gogita4 issues the biggest update in the history of forever. A closer look reveals it to not be the biggest ever, although many things were added.
August 23, 2005
The forums reach 60,000 posts.
October 3, 2005
After being around for 18 months, the site reaches 200,000 visitors.
November 13, 2005
The Blogs and Gallery features are reinstated to the forums.
November 26, 2005
The forums cross the landmark of 75,000 posts.
November 27, 2005
The SpongeBuddy Mania Shop opens.
December 9, 2005
A new Christmas skin is made.
December 23, 2005
The forums get to 80,000 posts and 900 members as an early present.
January 13, 2006
Aku comes back for a nice little visit. Bad luck? Nonsense. Buffoonery!
January 21, 2006
ssj4gogita4's account is hacked and all his posts are deleted. Thanks to spongedude, all posts were restored, and after that, the stupid clown decided to show his face and we gave him a nice time to think about who he was messing with.
January 23, 2006
Topic of the Week, a weekly thing, no less, finally comes to be.
February 1, 2006
Member and Site of the Month, this of course being a monthly thing, is started.
February 12, 2006
Another new feature, Ask the Staff, is started.
March 2, 2006
2 more skins are completed, thanks to ssj4gogita4.
March 16, 2006
The Shoutbox makes its comeback to the forums.
April 1, 2006
Another april Fools Prank, this time we claimed to hav been bought by United SpongeBob. Of course, them claiming the same thing helped you silly people believe it. See here for more.
April 3, 2006
Our 2nd Anniversary is celebrated, and many, many, many, updates to the site are done, as well as new things being added.
April 14, 2006
The forums surpass the grand goal of 100,000 posts! Quite an accomplishment.
June 8, 2006
The forums hit 1,000 members!
July 5, 2006
SBM v3 is released!
December 20, 2006
200,000th post on the forums.
April 1, 2007
Admins banned and topics all upside down! The crazy antics of April Fools Day 2007 occurred.
April 3, 2007
SpongeBuddy Mania has it's 3rd anniversary.
April 12, 2007
1,000,000 visits to the site!
April 13, 2007
Lord Bob and Lord Aku take over SpongeBuddy Mania and SpongeBob Revolution.
November 23, 2007
300,000th post in the forums.
April 3, 2008
SpongeBuddy Mania celebrates it's 4th anniversary.
August 12, 2008
ssj4gogita4 begins to work on the SBM 4.0 by himself. What a lazy bum! It took him over 2 years to finish it.
November 25, 2008
abney317 starts moving content from SpongeBob Revolution to SpongeBuddy Mania, but unfortunately doesn't finish by the time the site crashed in late December.
December 1, 2008
SBM begins the 25 days of Christmas, releasing content up until Christmas day.
April 3, 2009
5th anniversary of SBM.
June 7, 2009
400,000th post in the forums.
December 9, 2009
We're famous! (Pictures inside)
March 1, 2010
2,000,000 visitors to the site!
April 25, 2010
"Under the Sea" template created by Mr. Dr. Professor Patrick for the SBM 4.0!
July 9, 2010
abney317 pays ssj4gogita4 $7 to see new site. Lulz.
December 25, 2010
Launched the 2nd biggest update in site history.
March 15, 2011
Launched the "Explore" section on the site in hopes of exploring the real-life creatures behind SpongeBob (as well as many that aren't).
March 20, 2011
Hosting "Sarah's SpongeBob SquarePants Shrine". Long live the shrine!
April 3, 2011
7th anniversary of the site.
May 1, 2011
The SpongeBob Episode Discussion section is added to the forums.
August 11, 2011
Some big forum updates occur, unfortunately some of the new skins did not last long.
January 1, 2012
Released v5 of SBMania site. Most everyone loves it. A more modern feel to it.
January 29, 2012
The chat comes back to SBMania.
February 20, 2012
The site hits it's 3 millionth visitor!
April 1, 2012
SBM was flipped upside down and other various things happened for April Fools Day. Screenshot 1 | Screenshot 2
April 3, 2012
The 8th anniversary of SpongeBuddy Mania.
July 27, 2012
SBM v5.5 released. Updates include new forum skin, the complete episode picture gallery, and some other new site features.
August 11, 2012
VIP Memberships were added to the forums.
August 21, 2012
The official SBM Wiki is added.
August 27, 2012
The forums get their 500,000th post!
December 1, 2012
The '25 Days of Christmas' event starts on the forums. For the next 25 days, up until Christmas, new content and goodies is released on the site and forums.
January 7, 2013
The site hits its 4 millionth visitor!
April 3, 2013
The 9th anniversary of SpongeBuddy Mania.
April 22, 2013
The forums get its 4000th member registered!
August 3, 2013
SpongeBuddy Mania v6 is released!
August 28, 2013
The forums get their 600,000th post!
April 1, 2014
The forums reach 700,000 posts!
April 3, 2014
The 10th anniversary of SpongeBuddy Mania!