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Self-test checklist

Efficient QA workflows: a checklist for testing your own code

Not all of the burden of testing website code lies with automated tests, a QA team, or the end client. There is a lot you can do as a developer to test your own website code and make sure it is as good as possible before passing it over to someone else or an automated system. At Mugo, we've developed a simple and general checklist to follow, in order to make "self-testing" a key step in the QA workflow.

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It's time to upgrade your event calendar

Is it time to upgrade your website’s event calendar? Try our eZ Publish calendar extension

Using a calendar to track events dates back to ancient times, long before the advent of digital media. But five thousand years after stone tablet calendars were the hottest trend, hosting a web calendar is still a popular practice, and a valuable way to engage users and keep them coming back to your site.

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8 re-usable web solutions you can make use of right now

When you work with us at Mugo, you benefit from our re-usable solutions to common content management problems. Many of the tools, extensions, and products we’ve built over the years have been the result of seeing the same issues and challenges come up time and time again, sometimes across seemingly dissimilar clients.

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Why better online content management leads to more book sales

As the plot thickens on book sales trends (with paper books now making a solid comeback and ebook sales on the decline), one thing that hasn’t changed is readers’ thirst for content.

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What to consider when migrating WordPress content to another WordPress site

Migrating content from one WordPress site into a new site is typically relatively straightforward, but merging two existing sites together - especially sites with different content types, categories, and functionality - can actually be a labour-intensive process that requires planning, testing, and attention to detail.

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How publishers can benefit from a WordPress to eZ Publish migration

Migrating a website from WordPress to eZ Publish affords many benefits for content publishers looking to add robust front-end and back-end features to their site.

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Mugo Web: Solr Frange Queries

Extending eZ Find: How to specify minimum relevance values using Solr frange queries

eZ Find, the enterprise search extension for eZ Publish and wrapper for the Apache Solr search engine, is a highly performant alternative to manually searching through databases. We recently extended eZ Find to support Solr frange queries, and specifically to support minimum relevance values.

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Customer service, Dilbert style

Web development as a service: customer service is as important as code

Many people think web development is mainly about code: code in frameworks, code connecting systems, code in different languages. And it’s true, web development is full of code. But it’s also about much more than code; it’s about serving clients.

What makes your web development team a great partner instead of just "those technical people you have to deal with"? Good communication. A solid understanding of your needs. Digital solutions that meet those needs. All of which, ultimately, amounts to good customer service.

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An rx for quality medical content online

With more than one-third of Americans using Dr. Google to search for medical information online, and one in every 20 Google searches related to health information, there is undoubtedly a need for quality medical content on the internet.

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Why an accessible website benefits your business

Ensuring your website is accessible to people with visual, auditory, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities -- including all of its text, images, video, audio, and even forms and checkboxes -- is good business practice.

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Mailchimp interface

Mailchimp newsletter template tool for WordPress

When it comes to creating newsletter campaigns, you have to compile the content and then send that content out through an e-mail marketing service. Having a content management system helps in order to structure your content and automate the creation of the newsletter HTML. Here's an example of a newsletter integration with WordPress and MailChimp.

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Watermarking PDFs

Stamping PDFs with a watermark in eZ Publish

When running an intranet or an otherwise password-protected site, you sometimes need to share confidential or sensitive files, specifically PDFs. It is a challenge to balance the confidential nature of the files while allowing privileged users to download and work with the files normally. One lightweight approach is to stamp a watermark onto each page of the PDF. Instead of just a big "confidential" watermark you can customize each download so that each file is stamped with, for example, the current user's name and the current date.

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