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Using audits to drive change, Mechanics Bank launched with a new CMS and an improved design that follows web best practices. Find out how. 

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Simplifying the Complexities of a Banking Site

We all know what we want from our bank: simple solutions for our hard-earned money. But we also know that banking isn't quite that easy, especially when it comes to communicating those simple solutions. Blend's CTO Joe Kepley explains some ways to improve financial site performance in this article.

February 22, 2024

Improving Your Professional Association Site: Tips for Driving Engagement

Blend's CTO Joe Kepley has tips for how to increase website traffic and engagement for professional associations.  

September 25, 2023

Episode 23: Plan for Post-Launch Operations (w/ Meghan Casey) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the idea of a web operations framework. Then, Meghan Casey, content strategist and author of The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right, joins to talk about content governance and ongoing maintenance — how humans are nearly always the problem (but not the humans you might think), the things you can do to plan for post-launch content, and how to deromanticize the bit launch in favor of content maintenance.

September 20, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 22: Test and Launch the Site (w/ Bob Davidson) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the concept of the “Nails List.” Then, Bob Davidson, Director of Development at Blend Interactive, joins to talk about how to get your site ready for launch, what makes a good QA practitioner, the role of quality assurance and testing in the development process, and how to prep the site so it doesn’t fall over when exposed to the real world. We also spend a lot of time talking up Jenna Bonn, Blend’s QA Practice Manager.

August 16, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Episode 21: Migrate and Populate the Content (w/ Carrie Hane) Off-site link

Corey and Deane discuss an old migration project. Then, Carrie Hane, Principal Digital Strategist at Sanity and co-author of Designing Connected Content, joins to talk about preparing content for site migration — how good content modeling helps set up a site for future success, the psychological side of migrations, and a few horror stories from Carrie and Deane. Carrie graciously insists this is not the most depressing episode yet.

July 18, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

ChatGPT, Bard, and the New Wave of AI: What it Means for the Web

The path to computer intelligence hasn't proven quite so direct. On the surface, brains and computers seem very similar, but it's clear that computers aren't thinking yet. 

February 22, 2023

Corey Vilhauer Joins The Content Strategy Podcast Off-site link

Corey Vilhauer joins Kristina Halvorson on The Content Strategy Podcast to discuss his start in content strategy, his thoughts on communicating with clients and stakeholders, and his work toward demystifying the world of web projects.

December 13, 2022 | The Content Strategy Podcast

The Web Project Guide joins Content Strategy Insights podcast Off-site link

The Web Project Guide’s Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker joined Larry Swanson on the Content Strategy Insights podcast to talk about all things The Web Project Guide — how the book came to be, how it ties to the work of building websites, and what's next as the book expands into the podcast space.

November 30, 2022 | The Web Project Guide

Episode 12: Write for People and Machines (w/Sarah Winters) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk briefly about how hard it is to run a conference. Then, Sarah Winters, founder of Content Design London and author of Content Design, joins to discuss the difference between content design and content strategy, writing and designing for accessibility, and the work it takes to turn a big ship toward lasting content change.

October 13, 2022 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

The Web Project Guide on Agile Digital Transformation Off-site link

The Web Project Guide’s Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker joined Tim Butara and the Agile Digital Transformation podcast to talk about the process of writing the book, the web project process itself, and the role of agility when moving toward a successful launch.

September 29, 2022 | The Web Project Guide

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