How to create a dog and publish a three generation pedigree on your website - from start to finish

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8 September 2018

How to create a dog and publish a three generation pedigree on your website - from start to finish

The Breedpost dog pedigree generator makes it easy to publish and manage pedigrees on your website.

Not only can you publish great looking pedigrees, you can also view any dog’s pedigree that you’ve entered into the system.

You can also create potential pedigrees and view them from within your administration area.

The dog pedigree generator stores information about each dog in one place. That means any update is reflected across all pedigrees.

For example, Bob may have attained a new title, say International Champion.

Now Bob appears in many pedigrees because he’s a great example of his breed.

All I need to do is add the International Champion to Bob’s page and then anywhere Bob appears that new title will have updated automatically.

There’s no more updating multiple pedigrees (or forgetting to) because a dog’s information is stored in one place.

This saves time and ensures the pedigrees that you publish are always accurate.

How does the dog pedigree generator work?

The pedigree generator uses relationships in order to publish pedigrees on a website.

When you create a dog, you need to add the sire and dam to that dog.

This is a parent/child relationship which is common in databases.

So, now the system knows who that dog’s mother and father are.

Then all you need to do is add a sire and dam to the sire.

Now the system knows who the grandparents are on the sire’s side.

Then you keep going. Add a sire and dam to the dam and so on until you have a three or four generation pedigree.

Let’s say you wanted to publish that dog’s littermate.

All you would need to do is create their web page and add the sire and dam.

The whole pedigree will generate automatically because the system knows the grandparents and great grandparents already.

It’s easy, accurate and quick to maintain and update.

How to create a three generation pedigree

The easiest way to start building pedigrees is to start with a dog and complete their full pedigree.

This video demonstrates how to create and publish a dog on your website and build out their pedigree.

You can publish a three or four generation pedigree on any of your published dogs.

What are the advantages of using a built in pedigree generator in a website builder?

I often see pedigrees on website displayed as images, linked offsite, pdf file for download or poorly formatted html.

There are many reasons why text shouldn't be published on websites as images. Some are (but there are many more)

  • the text cannot scale in images so it can be difficult to read
  • there is no search engine benefit because search engines cannot read text on images
  • it presents an accessibility issue because screen readers cannot read the text on images (this means your pedigrees are not available to non sighted people and people with sight deficiencies)

So, please stop publishing scans or photos of your pedigrees. It presents criticial usability and accessibility issues for your website visitors.

Sending people offsite to view your pedigrees or a pdf file to download means that your visitor is at a navigational end. There is nowhere for them to go and you have to rely on them to return to your website. Many won't.

Using the pedigree generator in the website builder means that

  • you don't have to worry about any html formatting
  • the pedigree will look great on all devices
  • your pedigrees will always be accurate, easy to update and quick to publish

It's difficult to format and publish html pedigrees, let alone responsive pedigrees that view well on phones, tablets and desktops. 

Breedpost separates design from content and provides a fully functioning pedigree generator built into your website. 

This makes it easy for you and provides your website visitors with a great viewing experience.

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Author: Janelle

Janelle is a Breedpost Founder, ex show dog exhibitor, Corgi owner and loves to build websites. She's a content management specialist, has a Master of Information Technology and Diploma in Web Development.