Dog Name Search Engine
After adopting a new puppy, my wife & I noticed that most dog names sites were long, dull A-Z lists. So I designed & developed a website to search for names within categories like funny, tough, sports or movies.
To get started, I did some competitive research and used that inspiration to sketch the primary functionality of the site. Then I built the site in WordPress using a custom database with over 1600 categorized names (which was quite an undertaking!). I then tested with some users to fine-tune the experience.
Users can check names that they like to store them in their favorites. This was done using HTML5 local storage to avoid needing a login system.
Next, I built a breed finder to help prospective dog owners select a breed to match their lifestyle. I diagrammed the tool on my whiteboard to get started. The user selects from a list of compatibility factors and then the tool returns a list of matching breeds. The breeds can then be compared to see differences in size, behavior, care required, and preferred environment.