Deane Barker

“Content management is simply not a static discipline. We're constantly rearranging the sails on a ship that is floating on rough seas.”

Deane has been working in web content management since the mid-90s — before the discipline even had a name. As a founding partner of Blend Interactive, Deane Barker helped build the company into one of the foremost CMS implementors in the nation, a reputation we are proud of — and take very seriously — as we help our clients choose and implement systems for their sites.

Today, Deane still stays on top of the industry and helps shape the future of web content management systems. Deane has become a leading voice in content management — to the point that he wrote the book about it: Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices. He followed that up with the recently published Real World Content Modeling: A Field Guide to CMS Features and Architecture.

He continues to write about content management and more at Gadgetopia, and is co-author of The Web Project Guide: From Spark to Launch and Beyond, an ongoing book project that provides context to the start-to-finish web process.

From here, it’s on to the future: breaking ground in distributed content management; teaching the practice; reading — always reading.

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Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices

The definitive guide to today’s web content management landscape, written by Blend’s own Consulting Analyst and Founder Deane Barker.

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Blend Earns Episerver CMS Specialization as Developers Earn Additional Certifications

  • Nov. 22 2019

Joshua and Chris continue to embrace the world of Episerver development as certified developers.

Deane Barker Takes Position at Episerver

  • Aug. 26 2019

Deane Barker will be taking on a new role as Senior Director of Content Management Strategy at Episerver.

Rationality in CMS implementation planning

  • Deane Barker
  • Jul. 06 2016

You do not need to surrender your entire project to a content management system. Chief strategy officer Deane Barker explains.

Proposals Are Like First Dates

  • Deane Barker
  • Jun. 07 2016

True story: some development firms lie through their teeth in proposals. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Flying Squirrel Book Hits the Market

  • May. 27 2016

Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices by Deane Barker explains CMS ecosystem. 


Deane Barker on The Write Now Podcast

  • Jan. 29 2016

Blend Chief Strategy Officer Deane Barker joined Sarah Werner on The Write Now Podcast to discuss finding time to write, dealing with writers’ block, and more.

The Need for Content Operations

  • Deane Barker
  • Jan. 27 2016

We implement content management as a practice, and we've seen two patterns over and over again: organizations are either not prepared to use, or not fully using, the CMS.

Where Content Management is Going

  • Deane Barker
  • Mar. 31 2016

Web content management is constantly in a state of flux. As a discipline, it rides on the back of the Internet itself, and as the Internet landscape changes, content management changes with it. As part of Web Content Management, Deane Barker talks about where the industry is going.

“The Art of Content Management” — Insert Content Here

  • Deane Barker
  • May. 29 2015

Our own Deane Barker was featured on this week’s episode of Lullabot’s Insert Content Here, talking about the art of content management.

“Introducing the Blend Web Operations Framework” — Now What? Conference 2015

  • Deane Barker
  • Apr. 30 2015

Effective web operations is often treated as something of a minor miracle — we’re not sure how it gets done, but we stumble through it somehow. Deane Barker outlines Blend's “Web Operations Framework.”