Another site that we launched in 2017, at the start of June, is the British Kennels Directory, a companion site to our British Cattery Directory, aimed at helping dog owners to find a local boarding kennels. Aimed squarely at dog owners, the site is currently under active development and will be expanded throughout 2017 and beyond.
In addition to the directory of local boarding kennels, the Kennels Directory includes listings of local vets and local dog rescue organisations and, by the end of 2017 we also plan to add a section listing recognised dog breeders. The site is effectively a non-profit site, as the nominal fees we charge business owners to be listed are aimed only at covering costs. Dog rescue organisations and other dog welfare organisations can of course register entirely free of charge.
As with our Cattery Directory, visitors to the site can browse lists of boarding kennels in their area, sorting them by county or town. Clicking on a kennels listing takes a visitor to a page dedicated to that particular boarding kennels, where there is a description of the kennels, all available contact details and a map to show their location. Visitors can choose either to visit the kennels' website to learn more or get in touch, or they can send an email to the kennels via a built-in contact form.
A directory website can't be built with simple HTML, as it requires a wide range of automated processes, so the British Kennels Directory was built using WordPress. This allows different types of businesses to register on the site, create listings for their kennels, veterinary practice or rescue organisation, and then create the various pages that are then shown to visitors to the site. Oh, and the listings need to be sortable too. Using WordPress also allows us to incorporate online payment systems, which was essential for our purposes. Only created in June 2017, the Kennels Directory is in its infancy. As visitor numbers increase we plan to add extra sections to it, such as a directory of recognised dog breeders, a blog section and more. If you visit the site, we hope you find it useful!
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