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Optimizely Release Notes — January / February 2022

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely's products in January and February 2022.

March 3, 2022

Episode 4: Create a Project Plan (w/ Brett Harned) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about how project plans rarely stay intact upon first contact with real life.  Then, we chat with Brett Harned, author of Project Management for Humans, about his definition of a project plan, creating better retrospectives, and how to help clients and project teams keep on track. (Also, Brett tells us the best album in his record collection.)

February 15, 2022 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Content References in XhtmlString Properties

XHtmlString properties are more than just HTML, they include HTML, internal links to content, embedded blocks, personalization, and more. Blend's Director of Development Bob Davidson takes a brief look at the internals of XhtmlString properties and the fragments that make them.

February 2, 2022

Episode 3: Form Your Project Team (w/ Patrice Embry) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the roles missing from most new project teams — namely, the idea of a user and product advocate. Then, Patrice Embry joins the podcast to talk about forming a project team. And, of course, we talk about sports metaphors.

January 18, 2022 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Multitenant Episerver Sites on IIS Express

IIS Express allows for fast, license-free local development. But, it has its downsides as well. Blend's Director of Development Bob Davidson explains how to navigate IIS Express in order to bind multiple Episerver sites and languages in this Coding with Bob video.

January 14, 2022

Making the Choice Between Umbraco and Wordpress

At Blend, we try to be selective about the technologies we work with: we strive to pick the right tool for the right job; given a client's budget, needs, and long-term goals, we want to use the content management system (CMS) that best fits their needs. 

January 6, 2022

Optimizely Release Notes — November / December 2021

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely's products in November and December 2021.

January 3, 2022

Episode 2: Set Your Expectations (w/ Karen McGrane) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the concept of having it "fast, cheap, and good: pick two." Then, we chat with Karen McGrane of Autogram about our role as corporate counselors, dealing with overpromises, and the best mockumentary.

December 15, 2021 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 1: Know the Scope of the Project (w/ Bill DeRouchey) Off-site link

Corey and Deane discuss the opening beats of a project. Then, we chat with Bill DeRouchey, former lead product designer for Zendesk, to discuss his history with vetting and researching a new project during the opening salvo, territorialism, and Mike Watt.

November 22, 2021 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Introducing: The Web Project Guide Podcast

We’re excited to announce The Web Project Guide podcast: a guide to understanding the web project process.

November 19, 2021

Beyond Blend.

Blend doesn’t just write here: we also write books, create videos, and dive deep into our individual disciplines. Check out some of our external sources of knowledge.

The Web Project Guide

A phase-by-phase look at the web design and development process, providing context to each step.

Coding with Bob

A YouTube series by our director of development, focusing on .NET coding and Optimizely development.

Eating Elephant

A blog about content strategy, information architecture, and understanding user needs.