Cmiley started as a plugin for a small forum with the purpose of creating custom smileys. This was back in 2003 and it was one good laugh of an add-on. Amazing artworks were created by the forum visiters, almost none of the users ever thought of him/herself to be that creative!
In 2006 the name Cmiley was born. It stands for Creative Smiley. At that time a main feature was added: Making anigifs. A lot of people were commenting "16x16 is too small, you should give us more pixels". This one thing is that will definitely never be changed in the Cmiley concept. It was then defined that the strength of Cmiley lies in the "limited" playground of 16x16 pixels.
All the amazing artworks that were created by normal people, like you and me, would have never been born if the creators had more pixels availabe. For instance tell me, what would you draw with Photoshop! Exactly, you wouldn't know what to draw. Let the graphic artists use the software thats made for them. For you and me, a casual drawing shouldn't cost days to make.
In 2010 I decided to start promoting Cmiley. I went to Taiwan to get a complete redesign of the website. The site was beautiful and it attracted quite some people. And again, amazing artwork were created.
More people started using Cmiley until somehow the site began to get slower and slower. At a certain moment, we had to reboot the server almost on a daily base. As this kept on, visitors started to complain and threaten that they would stop using Cmiley if nothing would be done. A couple of months later, the server went down. As of today we still don't know what really happened. Unfortunately, as the money I could invest was draining I was lost and didn't know what to do with Cmiley. Mid 2011 I decided put the Cmiley project on hold.
By the end of 2012 I reactivated Cmiley. This time I only opened it to myself and to my friends. By the way, I moved back to Holland and had a regular fulltime job. Cmiley slept in my mind.
December 2013: My fulltime job is a stable one despite the crisis. There are a lot of success stories on the internet. Every time I read one I couldn't admit how much I wanted to work on Cmiley again. The passion slowly came back. I intended to take it slow this time and would never lose sight of my passion.
In the summer of 2015 I decided that it was time to give Cmiley a new life. I let the amazing Erick redesign the website and world peace was established!