Neopets Layout Change

What happened?
On April 26th 2007 a giant Meepit appeared on the News page, saying YOU ARE NOT PREPARED. Of course, nobody knew what they had to prepare for, and nobody was prepared...

Later that day, everyone in Neopia was shocked. The Neopets everyone had come to love had disappeared, making place for a new and flashy Not only the old layout had disappeared, but everyone's pets had changed too. From that day on, pets had become customisable, meaning you can dress them up with clothes. In order for this to be made possible all pets got a redraw to make them more uniform.

The Old Neopets
For those who don't know, or those who want to remember Neopets as it was, you can see a few screenshots below. The screenshots show the Explore page, the Shops page and the Stuff page.

The New Neopets
When everything changed on the 26th, the sidebar had been replaced for a header with drop down menu's for easier access of the pages. Neopets also recoded userlookups so that people have more options to customise them. Another new feature is the Daily Puzzle on the front page of Neopets.

Below you can see a screenshot of the Neopets front page at April 26th

A lot of people seem to have trouble locating things on the new Neopets. Below you will find an overview of how to get to places.

My Account:
  • Control Panel:
    • Edit Profile
    • Site Preferances
    • PIN preferances
    • Change E-mail
    • Email Preferences
    • Quickref
    • Customise Pets
    • Edit Petlookup
    • Edit Petpage
    • Neofriends
    • Add Neofriends
    • Guild
  • Edit Profile
  • Site Preferences
  • Neomail
  • Neofriends
  • Create a Pet
Pet Central:
  • Main:
    • Calendar
    • Backgrounds
    • Screensavers
    • Buddy Icons
    • Fun Images
    • Shop Blogs
    • Music
    • How to Draw
    • Lenny Library
    • Neopedia
    • Competitions
    • Word of the Day
    • Pound
    • Send a Neopet to a Friend
    • Pronunciations
    • NeoGreetings
    • Faerie Quests
    • Neopets Popularity
    • All Pets
    • All Petpets
    • Link to Us
  • Calendar
  • World Events
  • Pound
  • Map of Neopia
  • Weather
  • Pronunciation
  • Neopedia
  • Games Room
  • Top Rated Games
  • High Scores
  • Favourite Games
  • NeoBoard Index
  • Chat Preferences
  • Neopia Central
    • Battledome
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • NeoHome
  • Shop Wizard
  • Your Shop
    • Your Gallery
  • Auctions
  • Trading Post
  • Bank
  • News and Features:
    • News
    • Newest Items
    • New Games
    • Current Event
    • Competitions
    • Coming Soon
  • Coming Soon
  • Neopian Times
  • Merchandise News a.k.a Stuff
Neopets Front:
  • News Flash
  • Stock Market (NeoDAQ)
  • Daily Puzzle
  • Newest Games
  • Poll
  • New items
  • Competitions
Every Page:
  • New Events
  • Inventory (click Neopoints)
  • Log Out
  • Quickref
  • Neofriends Beta
  • Search
  • Privacy Policy
  • Safety Tips
  • Contact Us (Bug + Report Form)
  • About Us
  • Link to Us
  • Help
  • Terms and Conditions

Customising Pets
As mentioned before, you can now dress up your pets. You can go to the Customisation page through your QuickRef page. Thus far you can only put a background behind your pets, and take away the clothes that come with their special paint brushes. TNT has said in the Neopian Times Editorial that they are working on making clothing items work too, so that you can make your neopet look unique. Below you can see an image of the Customisation page, and how it looks if you remove a pet's special clothing:

If you paint your pet in a new colour, your pet gets to keep the clothes that came with the old colour. This way you could make for example a Skunk pet, with Royal Clothes.

Some pet's had a rather radical redraw, on these pets you are allowed to choose whether you want to convert your pet so it can become customisable, or keep it the way it was.

Neopian Times Issue 291 mentioned that if you are to paint your pet now, you will not have the choice wether you want to convert your pet or not. These pets will automatically receive the new look.