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How Audits Improve Your Site: Accessibility, Performance, and Design Audits
Much like we maintain our homes from season to season, our websites need periodic audits — to see what has changed and what has not. In this post, we focus on three specific types of audits: accessibility audits, performance audits, and design audits.
Web Analytics and HIPAA: How to Protect Your Site — and Your Users — From HIPAA Violations
Websites are built, for the most part, for humans. Yet, the humans who interact with our websites are largely anonymous. Blend's CTO Joe Kepley discusses how to balance the need for better information, with a user's right to privacy, especially with existing HIPAA standards.
Beyond Bounce Rate: Adding Tools to Your End-Of-Year Web Reporting
The beginning of a new year brings excitement and anticipation. On the other hand, the end of the year brings about reflection and planning.
Making the Switch to Google Analytics 4
It’s almost here: Google Analytics is about to make the biggest change in years, sunsetting the familiar Universal Analytics (UA) model in favor of Google Analytics 4 (GA4). And while the transition looks like a lot of long and tedious work, the journey to converting to GA4 can be simple and time-efficient with some helpful tips.
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.
Digital Optimization is for Marketers
The expectations and demands of digital marketing managers have increased dramatically. Account Success Manager Taylor Lopour talks about how digital optimization can help.
Content Strategy and Crisis Communications
Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen a spectrum of responses to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, including our own. Blend's Director of Strategy Corey Vilhauer writes on how we can straddle the line between hiatus and action, building upon a content strategy for crisis communications.
Chapter 24: Maintain and Improve Off-site link
And the real work begins: how to manage the support and maintenance process, circulate and check new content, and keep the site fresh long after launch day.
Chapter 23: Plan for Post-Launch Operations Off-site link
An effective website depends on a collection of humans performing roles. Who are these people, what are they being asked to do, and how are lines of communication and reporting established?
Chapter 8: Gather Insight From Your Metrics Off-site link
A website generates lots of numbers representing how visitors behave. What numbers are important, and what numbers can translate to some measure of “success?”
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.
A blog about content strategy, information architecture, and understanding user needs.