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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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Announcing Blend.Optimizely

Announcing release of Blend.Optimizely, a collection of helpful utilities for Optimizely CMS 12 sites from the development team at Blend.

April 21, 2022

Searching With Solr: A Startup Guide

Adapting a default search engine can be a bit of a sticky situation. But, there are options beyond the default: here's how to get started with Apache Solr.

April 1, 2022

Blend’s Bob Davidson Named One of the Best: Optimizely OMVP

Blend Interactive is excited to recognize Bob Davidson for his selection as one of 2022’s OMVP (Optimizely Most Valuable Professional) developers.

March 25, 2022

How Blend Chooses a CMS

Over its history, Blend has developed a pattern of being an early North American partner for a number of European CMS systems. Blend was an early North America Partner for eZ Publish (now Ibexa), Episerver (now Optimizely), and Umbraco (still Umbraco!).

March 14, 2022

Umbraco Release Notes — January / February 2022

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

March 3, 2022

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

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

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

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.