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One of Blend’s core values is a dedication to advocacy and progress — to expand upon and give back to the community that fuels us. This is where those thoughts live.

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Optimizely Release Notes — September / October 2021

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

November 2, 2021

No CMS Is a (SEO) Magic Bullet: A Quick Guide on SEO Within the CMS

A common misunderstanding is that one CMS is better at SEO than others. The success of your SEO relies on more than just your platform - it relies on content, plugins and the algorithm.

October 27, 2021

Q&A With the Authors of The Web Project Guide

Blend's CEO sat down with Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker, the authors of "The Web Project Guide", to find out what it was really like to co-author with each other.

September 21, 2021

Optimizely Release Notes — June / July / August 2021

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely’s products in June, July, and August 2021.

September 8, 2021

The Web Project Guide at Boye & Co. Off-site link

The Web Project Guide authors Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker were both guests of a special member conference call for Boye & Co., an educational professional networking group primarily focused on the world of tech and web development.

August 26, 2021 | The Web Project Guide

Why Planning Matters

Web teams need plans. Ongoing planning can result in higher ROI, improved long-term site health and an optimized experience for editors and site visitors.

August 4, 2021

Coding with Bob: Building an Episerver Site from Scratch - Part 1

While most new developers tend to learn on the job through maintenance projects, Blend believes that there's a lot of value in learning how to spin a site up from scratch. This Coding with Bob video provides some guidance on how to do just that.

July 1, 2021

Accessibility: the Right Thing to Do — Part 1: First Steps

Our world is surrounded by tools designed to promote accessibility. Every time you see a ramp, an automatic door button, a walk-in shower, an elevator, or a sign written in braille, you’re seeing accessibility in action. So why can't your website be made accessible too?

June 28, 2021

Designing for Dark Mode

Dark mode is increasingly becoming a part of modern web design. But is it right for your new site? Blend's lead designer Sam Otis talks through the benefits and potential pitfalls.

June 25, 2021

Meta Properties for On-Page Editing

While on-page editing within Optimizely + Episerver is a powerful tool, by default it continues to hide some important metadata. This Coding with Bob highlights how to programmatically surface meta properties within on-page editing.

June 8, 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.