In Flow: The Mura Blog

Join the Blueriver team on a journey of streamlining development, starting conversations and evolving application architecture. 

Design Sprints: From Idea to Prototype in a Week

What if you could plan and prototype an innovative solution, develop a killer team, and design a long-term strategy in just five days? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s called a design sprint and it’s one of the core strategies we employ at Blueriver to help eliminate distraction and create clear goals for our projects.

Creating Flow for Teams: The Digital Project Manager's Guide

In the sports world, athletes often refer to being “in the zone” when their performance is lifted to another level. But you don’t have to be an athlete to tap into this state. It can show up anywhere, including at the workplace.It's called Flow.

CSS is Awesome

It’s a fact - a lot of developers have a love/hate relationship with CSS. Awesome, right? But writing CSS can be both challenging and rewarding, as Blueriver’s Evan Dunham has learned first hand. While he now experiences more ups than downs when writing CSS, it hasn't always been that way. 

There is No Such Thing as a Mura Developer

Being a professional developer means that your own skills are also constantly developing and evolving, as you expand your toolkit and learn new ways of solving problems. Thanks to the ever-changing landscape of web technology, there is no "one-language" developer anymore. In this light, there truly is no such thing as a "Mura Developer".

By Grant Shepert
A Modern Development Pipeline with Mura and AWS

Development Team Lead Nick Sollecito from Scientific American shares the experience and lessons learned migrating SA's infrastructure and automation pipeline using Travis-CI, Docker Swarm, and Amazon Web Services, following the Twelve Factor App methodology.

Expert Insights into Mura's Flexible Theme Architecture

Steve Withington takes a walk through Mura’s new global approach to theme development and the subtle-yet-important changes introduced in Mura 7.1, along with useful tips for upgrading from previous versions. Significant measures have been taken to further Mura’s flexibility and embrace the separation of design and content.

Customer, Interrupted: Second-Guessing Digital Marketing's Most Effective Tactic

While interruptive tactics can be effective, marketers must first weigh short-term benefits with long-term costs. Full-screen overlays, modal windows, and interstitials may be highly visible, but they can damage the overall user experience and leave a bad taste in visitors’ mouths. These modern pop-ups are simply a new breed of interruptive marketing that prioritizes business needs over the experience we’re creating.

By Sean Schroeder
Procrastination is Fear

Programming is far more art than science, more creative than arithmetic. It requires inventiveness, problem-solving, imagination and persistence. Because of that, it is very, very easy to become distracted. The solution is a time-tested combination of personal hacks for confronting your fears, allowing room for the unknown, and getting creative with ways to make incremental progress towards your goals.

By Grant Shepert
Forms: When Are They Applications?

Sure, a form collects data, it might actually be doing some cool things behind the scenes like sending email and storing the results in a way that lets you browse through them, but make no mistake, a form is not an application, it is just a form.

By Grant Shepert
Storytelling: How Anyone Can Effectively Tell Their Own Story and Cut Through the Noise

While storytelling is uniquely effective for any kind of corporate messaging, not all stories are the same. What goes into a winning business story? According to noted business speaker Park Howell, a winning story, whether for brands, marketers, website developers or anyone else, should follow the hero’s journey tropes for mass success.

By Sean Schroeder
Mura Training November 2018 in Sacramento

The next round of Mura training courses in the US will be presented Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2018, in Sacramento, California. A range of full-day training courses, targeted to the unique needs of different roles for content, development and themes, will provide in-depth understanding of the latest version of Mura, from simple content updates all the way to creating new Mura modules.

By Michael Evangelista
Speed Matters: Maximizing Your Mura Cache

Caching is all about maximizing performance. Of your server, your website, of the user experience, not to mention SEO. Speed matters. Fortunately, you have several good options to make sure your Mura site is screaming fast.

By Grant Shepert
Storytelling: Communication Hack for Our Noisy World or Marketing B.S.?

As the masses have become the media, it’s increasingly difficult for brands and individuals to cut through the noise. So what’s the antidote? According to noted business storyteller and author Park Howell, it’s the anecdote. By using our natural proclivity for storytelling, anyone can more effectively get their message across and be more effective in marketing, web development or anything else.

By Sean Schroeder
Now Available: Immutable Mura 7.1

The release of Mura 7.1 is the fruition of a vision for Mura as a modern platform that not only provides a way to effectively create and manage the digital experience, but  one that helps developers thrive.

Evolve Your Game: The API-Led Path to Development Freedom

API-led development is a mindset and methodology which will make your projects more robust and reliable, reducing the friction of managing even the largest projects. We believe strongly in the concept of “Flow”, of structuring your development in a way that maximizes your performance while minimizing the distractions and worry of failure that inevitably arise. API-led development is an important step in achieving it.

By Grant Shepert
Evolve Your Game: Following the Leaders

API-led development is a mindset that takes control away from the application and hands it back to the developer. It used to be that the application defined the bulk of the requirements. UI, platform, migration, future-proofing, deployment and lifecycle. By thinking API-first, a lot of that simply goes away.

By Grant Shepert
Duct Tape, Bubble Gum, and WordPress

These days it's hard to get very far, when considering a new site launch or refresh, without coming across WordPress. Which is no surprise, considering it powers almost a third of the internet.

What is surprising is how often it's considered for larger organizations, especially when security and compliance with regulations like the GDPR can create significant risk.

By Sean Schroeder
Mura: Staying in the Loop

Avenues for learning about Mura are more prevalent than ever, with an unprecedented array of options for following announcements, taking part in community discussions, and keeping apprised of important product updates.

By Michael Evangelista
Preparing for GDPR with Mura

In this post, we explain what the GDPR is, how it impacts you, what implications it might present for doing business in the United States, as well as the Eurozone, and how Mura will help you maintain compliance.

By Sean Schroeder
[Webinar] Mura Translations: Finding Flow in Localization

Managing a multilingual website can be daunting, with challenges in maintaining the website, streamlining the translation of content, and dealing with the long-term requirements associated with these tasks. In this webinar, host Grant Shepert will demonstrate the ways those problems are handled by the Mura Translations plugin.