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The Story of DubBot

Blaine Herman | February 15, 2018 | Product Updates

Once upon a time in an office not so far away, a bot was created to simplify your life. It was designed to keep an eye on your website, let you know if something went wrong, pages went down, links got broken, content publishers went rogue, or you...

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Sharing is Caring

Blaine Herman | June 16, 2021 | Web Governance, Product Updates

Happy June to all! We’re excited to be edging closer and closer to summer. We’re even more excited to share information about our new feature, sharable reports. We added sharable reports as an optional way to view and share...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 15

Maggie Vaughan | June 15, 2021 | 3 Things

500 global firms put disability inclusion on boardroom agendas - The Guardian The Valuable 500 global disability network said it had reached its target to get 500 major companies to put disability inclusion on their boardroom agenda,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 8

Maggie Vaughan | June 8, 2021 | 3 Things

Why We Need Universal Design | Michael Nesmith | TEDxBoulder Tech for disabled people is booming around the world. So where’s the funding? - restofworld.org Although the last few years have seen significant advances in...

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State Your Case

Maggie Vaughan | June 4, 2021 | Web Governance, Accessibility

Creating a business case for web accessibility can be difficult, especially when, as accessibility professionals, we just "get it!" We know why accessibility is important and that it should be baked into all of our information and communication...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 1

Maggie Vaughan | June 1, 2021 | 3 Things

Position Available: Digital Accessibility Consultant, University of ArizonaThe Digital Accessibility Consultant works to ensure that University of Arizona's technology-based teaching and learning software, applications, tools, and resources are...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 25

Maggie Vaughan | May 25, 2021 | 3 Things

#CovidAccessibilityBugBountyICYMI - To celebrate GAAD, BarrierBreak announced the #CovidAccessibilityBugBounty campaign, giving people across the world an opportunity to put their accessibility skills to use by testing COVID-19 websites and...

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Happy GAAD!

Maggie Vaughan | May 20, 2021 | Accessibility

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!! Participate! Spread Awareness!  Talk about it! Think about it! Learn about it! Create digital access, opportunity and inclusion for everyone. GAAD website  | ...

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Hot Off the Press! - Email Newsetters

Maggie Vaughan | May 19, 2021 | Accessibility

Recently, I was asked to review an email newsletter and report any accessibility issues that I found. Wow, was I surprised! I don't expect most people to know that they need to build digital communications with accessibility in mind. But I did...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 18

Maggie Vaughan | May 18, 2021 | 3 Things

A11YTalksVirtual meet-ups featuring speakers & conversations around digital accessibility. Blind people, advocates slam company claiming to make websites ADA compliant"Blind people say AccessiBe, which is supposed to automatically make...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 11

Maggie Vaughan | May 11, 2021 | 3 Things

United in Accessibility - podcast from the International Association of Accessibility ProfessionalsThe United in Accessibility podcast offers shared experiences, solutions, and barriers that impact diversity and inclusion in...

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Save the Date! - Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Maggie Vaughan | May 5, 2021 | Accessibility

Each year on the third Thursday of May, we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). But how did GAAD begin? Who started it? What’s GAAD really all about?  GAAD "started" on Sunday, November 27, 2011, when Joe...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 4

Maggie Vaughan | May 4, 2021 | 3 Things

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 20, 2021The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. See Joe’s Blog post that...

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Give it to Me Straight! - The Power of Plain Language

Maggie Vaughan | April 30, 2021 | Accessibility

What is plain language? "A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information." ~ Center for...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 27

Maggie Vaughan | April 27, 2021 | 3 Things

HighEdWeb 2021 Accessibility Summit - July 20, 2021The HighEdWeb 2021 Accessibility Summit is a one-day, online event focused on digital accessibility in higher education. Position Available: Access Specialist, Virginia Commonwealth...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 20

Maggie Vaughan | April 20, 2021 | 3 Things

IAAP and Fundación ONCE Launches a Spanish Chapter for Accessibility Professionals"The Spanish Chapter will provide accessibility professionals, who support equal access in both the built and digital environments by promoting and...

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Accessibility and the Procurement Process

Maggie Vaughan | April 16, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

What are the components of a robust procurement process for technology that ensures accessibility needs are identified and addressed in the planning, requirements gathering, research and evaluation phases as well as the determination of...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 13

Maggie Vaughan | April 13, 2021 | 3 Things

FREE Promo for Higher Ed!CommonLook is providing a free, 6-month subscription to two of their best-selling PDF accessibility software solutions: CommonLook PDF and CommonLook Office. Promo runs March 26 through December 31, 2021. Chax Chat...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 6

Maggie Vaughan | April 6, 2021 | 3 Things

Introducing DubBots "3 Things." An every Tuesday, snack-size post featuring articles, book reviews, product info, quotes, events, freebies...all sifted through and curated into a 3 item list. Short, concise, digestible. Enjoy. Take the no-mouse...

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What's in your Style Guide?

Penny Kronz | April 5, 2021 | Quality Assurance, SEO, Web Governance

DubBot automatically checks for website accessibility, SEO, and generally accepted website best practices. Although these checks are all beneficial as out-of-the-box functionality, one of the more powerful and flexible features in DubBot is the...

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VPAT

Maggie Vaughan | April 2, 2021 | Accessibility

VPAT: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template A VPAT is a document used to describe the level of conformance of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) product against the standards outlined in WCAG, Section 508 and EN 301 549. An ICT...

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Vaccine Registration Websites: Inaccessible to the Blind

Maggie Vaughan | March 10, 2021 | Accessibility

"A national emergency does not exempt federal, state, and local governments from providing equal access," wrote Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind, in a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services...

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Accessibility Up in The House

Maggie Vaughan | March 3, 2021 | Accessibility

Look at the two images below. Both are the footer section of the White House website. The first one is dated Jan. 15, 2021. The second one, Jan. 25, 2021. Putting the obvious difference in the look and feel aside, what do you notice? Think A11Y....

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Tag! You're It!

Maggie Vaughan | February 18, 2021 | Accessibility

What, exactly, are tags? In a PDF, tags provide the logical structure that controls how the content is presented or “read” by assistive technology. Tags identify the content type, such as Sect, P, Table, Span, to name just a...

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The Problem with Overlays

Maggie Vaughan | February 1, 2021 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

What Is an Overlay? According to Dictionary.com, an overlay is: noun something laid over something else; covering. a layer or decoration of something applied: an overlay of gold. Accessibility overlays are very similar ... they are laid...

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Make A Statement!

Maggie Vaughan | January 25, 2021 | Accessibility

An accessibility statement is a public communication that reflects your organization’s policies, standards, methods, and goals related to the accessibility of your web content, web and mobile applications, and information communication...

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New year, new website, new feature!

Blaine Herman | January 18, 2021 | Product Updates

Happy new year! We’re excited to announce that we’ve rolled out our new website. Most of you probably know the work that goes into a website redesign! We can’t deny that we did feel additional pressure being a web...

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Personas and Designing for Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2021 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

'Persona' Defined A persona is defined as "a single representation of a cluster of target users who represent similar behaviors, goals and motivations." ~ © Nielsen Norman Group More simply put, personas are models, usually...

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Manual Testing - It's in Your Hands

Maggie Vaughan | January 4, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Today’s websites and web apps can be very complex. Many consists of 1000s of code lines, multiple user interactions, custom color palettes, and video and audio content. Automated quality assurance tools, such as DubBot, are critical in...

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Color Me Accessible - Seeing Red

Maggie Vaughan | December 13, 2020 | Accessibility

Color blindness encompasses a large number of causes and conditions, and it's complicated and complex. Wait! Come back! I promise I won’t be talking about cones and rods...whew! When we talk about color blindness, we refer to the most...

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Helping Disabilities and Work, Work Together

Maggie Vaughan | October 28, 2020 | Accessibility

One might wonder what digital accessibility has to do with the 75th observance of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month. According to Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Asst. Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy...

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The Dreaded 404: Don't Leave Them Wanting More

Maggie Vaughan | October 27, 2020 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility, SEO

What’s the difference between 404 and 301? Simply put, an HTTP 404 status code indicates that your browser cannot find the page requested, “File Not Found.” When a user requests a nonexistent webpage, you should...

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Color Me Accessible: Contrast

Maggie Vaughan | September 16, 2020 | Accessibility

While improving color and color contrast to be accessible can prove technically to be some of the simpler changes to make within a website, there is often pushback on getting these changes in place. It is no wonder too! Color and color contrast...

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020

Penny Kronz | May 21, 2020 | Accessibility

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a great time to reflect on the efforts of inclusion that we make with the work we put forward. It seems that the world changed in the last few months to focus less on experiences in a physical space and moving...

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DubBot provides continuous monitoring and quality checks

Penny Kronz | May 4, 2020 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility, Web Governance, SEO

While priorities, resources, and timelines have shifted significantly over the past month, there is still a need to continue to iterate and improve website accessibility, user experience, and overall content availability. More now than ever,...

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Best Practices for SEO in Website Content

Penny Kronz | April 22, 2020 | SEO

In my previous post, An Introduction to SEO and Why It’s Important, I explained what SEO is and why it is important for everyone tasked with managing a website. In that previous post, I explained that some time and consideration would...

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What DubBot is doing to help users tasked with managing websites during the Coronavirus

Penny Kronz | March 16, 2020 | Product Updates, Quality Assurance, Web Governance

As most of us enter a workweek that does not look like ones we have previously encountered, most DubBot users I have been in contact with are currently grappling with balancing three priorities simultaneously. While they continue with previously...

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An Introduction to SEO and Why It's Important

Penny Kronz | February 25, 2020 | SEO

This is part one of a three-part blog series focused on SEO. In recent years, it has not become uncommon for the person tasked with SEO decisions and responsibilities to be someone with no formal SEO or website management training. After all,...

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DubBot 2019 Highlights

Penny Kronz | January 2, 2020 | Product Updates

2019 was an exciting year for DubBot. In some ways, it feels like it has come and gone in the blink of an eye. 2019 was DubBot's second year on the market. As 2020 approaches and we plan for the new year, it seems like a fitting time to first...

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Web Accessibility Article Highlight

Penny Kronz | December 18, 2019 | Accessibility

...and OMG, 2020 is almost here! With the holidays fast approaching, I thought this article by Forrester Research geared towards people who manage retail websites was a great, short read with some useful tips for all website managers. Retailers:...

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DubBot is an Accessibility Partner for HighEdWeb 2019

Penny Kronz | October 9, 2019 | Product Updates

DubBot is packing up and heading to Milwaukee for HighEdWeb 2019 next week. We will have a booth, and we encourage anyone attending to swing by and say hello. HighEdWeb tends to be a highlight of our year because it is a fun time where a...

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New Crawling options in DubBot

Penny Kronz | October 2, 2019 | Product Updates

DubBot allows users to crawl websites via a specific domain and subsections off of a domain. In addition to these options, DubBot will now allow users to specify lists of URLs for crawling explicitly. This list may be provided via a URL to a...

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Go Beyond Spell Checking

Penny Kronz | September 9, 2019 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance

With the amount of work that we all do in a day, it is no wonder that spell check and auto-correct are technology built into most tools that we use to communicate with each other. But often, spell checking is not enough. I know that when I am...

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What is your alt text policy?

Penny Kronz | August 14, 2019 | Accessibility

Alternative text is the textual alternative for media for people who have visual issues and utilize technology such as screen readers when browsing a website. Simply put: the alternative text is what supplements the media for someone who can not...

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Use DubBot to assist with a website redesign

Penny Kronz | July 25, 2019 | Quality Assurance

One of the most difficult processes that people responsible for a website take on is a website redesign. It is a necessary evil often spurred by a combination of some of the following factors: issues with the current design and...

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DubBot New Feature Highlight

Blaine Herman | July 24, 2019 | Spell Checking, Product Updates

Hello from DubBot in sunny, hot, and mostly humid Atlanta, Georgia! While summer is typically a great time for vacation and family get-togethers, we have been off to an excellent summer with a range of new features and improvements rolling out for...

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day Takeaways

Penny Kronz | June 27, 2019 | Accessibility

In May, we observed Global Accessibility Awareness Day with a Lunch-and-Learn. We discussed different accessibility challenges and our takeaways from participating in one of the suggested ideas for raising awareness from the GAAD website. I am...

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Webinar for HESS Consortium

Blaine Herman | June 4, 2019 | Product Updates

I am excited to announce that we will be providing a webinar for the Higher Education Systems & Services (HESS) Consortium members. Participants of the webinar can expect to learn how DubBot can be used to target areas of their website for...

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DubBot is Attending the 2019 Accessibility Web Summit

Penny Kronz | May 24, 2019 | Product Updates

DubBot is going on the road next week! We will be at the Missouri State University for the 2019 Web Accessibility Summit on Wednesday, May 29. If you will be there, please plan to swing by the DubBot table. We’d love to talk...

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Penny Kronz | May 16, 2019 | Accessibility

DubBot is committed to making a more usable internet for everyone, so we are excited to be participating in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Everyone at DubBot will be trying out at least one of the suggestions from the GAAD website. In...

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May the Fourth be with you!

Luke Batchelor | May 5, 2019 | Accessibility, Web Governance

Working with DubBot, I know the amount of work our users put into convincing others to care about the quality and the accessibility of their websites. I know that you may sometimes feel like you are in a battle with an Empire of dark forces. It...

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Improvements to Tasks

Blaine Herman | May 1, 2019 | Product Updates

Happy May Day! The next time you log into DubBot, you will see that we have improved Tasks to make them more accessible and prominent. You can now access the Task management area from the top menu bar. You will also see a Task, and its associated...

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Custom Checks to support Web Governance

Penny Kronz | April 19, 2019 | Web Governance, Product Updates

Happy Friday! DubBot was feeling a little festive this week, so Dubby broke out some fun bunny ears. With the approaching fun that egg hunts can bring, I thought it only appropriate to highlight our recent improvements to Custom Checks within...

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Writing accessible link text

Penny Kronz | March 25, 2019 | Accessibility

Read More, Click Here, Learn More! As a developer, I have seen these phrases and other “Calls to Action” thousands of times in web designs and content that I have been asked to post. I struggle with this myself sometimes. I...

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Accessibility in the world around us

Penny Kronz | March 18, 2019 | Accessibility

Walking around as an individual three years ago, I was unaware of the challenges that others may be having moving in the same space that I was. Now three years later, having gone through pregnancy, having a baby in a stroller, and then having that...

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Reviewing implications of "The rural broadband divide"

Penny Kronz | March 14, 2019 | Accessibility

In a blog post earlier this year, I highlighted some accessibility woes that Dominoes and Beyoncé were currently experiencing. Today, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight a study released by Microsoft that shows more Americans...

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HESS Consortium partnership

Penny Kronz | March 6, 2019 | Product Updates

DubBot is excited to announce that we have been selected to be a new partner with The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (The HESS Consortium). This partnership offers discounted pricing for subscriptions for member institutions....

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Six Steps for a Successful Web Governance Strategy

Blaine Herman | February 6, 2019 | Web Governance

Decentralizing your website content contribution often means more content and demand for priority from content creators. Creating a web governance strategy is key to delivering an effective website experience for web visitors. Web governance is...

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DubBot Accessibility Training for Beginners

Penny Kronz | January 28, 2019 | Product Updates, Accessibility

As January closes and February approaches, we're excited to see that DubBot is ready for the winter weather. Being based out of Atlanta, yes, we are just now having to really be winter-ready! To keep DubBot users prepared, we are also excited to...

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Best Practices added to Webpage Checks

Penny Kronz | January 22, 2019 | Product Updates

The next time you log into DubBot, you’ll see that we’ve added checks for “Best Practices” on webpages. These checks are not considered violations of specific WCAG accessibility standards. They are...

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What do Beyoncé & Domino's have in common?

Penny Kronz | January 17, 2019 | Accessibility

Aside from both having great delivery? They both now have accessibility woes! While many organizations have already prioritized tackling accessibility issues they find on their website as outlined by WCAG, 2019 presents a couple of high name...

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Track Accessibility Progress & More

Penny Kronz | January 11, 2019 | Quality Assurance, Product Updates

Happy New Year from your friends at DubBot! Dubby (the DubBot) is doing its best to stay warm during these winter months. We have good news! We’re launching Trends in DubBot. Trends will be accessed off of the user dashboard. DubBot...

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CAS Integration & Accessibility Training Series

Penny Kronz | December 7, 2018 | Accessibility, Product Updates

Happy holidays from DubBot! We are excited to introduce you to our reindeer bot. He will serve as a guide to light the way through checking your website during the darkest of days. One could say he has a nose for finding accessibility issues. The...

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Product Update: Updated Notifications Panel

Penny Kronz | November 1, 2018 | Product Updates

DubBot is not meant to be a flat report. We want DubBot to be a product that your team can utilize to find, communicate, and fix errors within your websites. You should not have to be a one-person team. You should be able to assign and notify...

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DubBot is getting into the Halloween spirit!

Blaine Herman | October 18, 2018 | Product Updates

Halloween is fast approaching! We hope your website isn’t too spooky. If so, we have an app that can help to make it less scary. We are also announcing the launch of our seasonal logos. Nothing fancy, just a little something to make...

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Starting a Content Inventory

Blaine Herman | August 21, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

Some of the first questions that we ask someone thinking about using DubBot are: How many pages does your website have? How many digital assets like PDFs and Word docs does it have? You may or may not be surprised to hear that most people...

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Product Update: Mentions in Page Level Comments

Blaine Herman | June 5, 2018 | Product Updates

Happy June! We’ve rolled out a small but useful enhancement to DubBot. DubBot now supports mentions in page level comments. To mention someone, start with @ and then start typing their name. DubBot will provide suggestions for...

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When Spell Check Isn't Enough

Blaine Herman | April 26, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance, Spell Checking

Everyone loves a good autocorrect error. I mean, when is it not funny when cologne is changed to colon, or invite is changed to inflate, or "humidifier" is changed to "homicide". As amusing as it is, though, to make fun of some of the unintended...

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Product Update: Improved Spell Check, Groups, and Agency Accounts

Blaine Herman | April 25, 2018 | Spell Checking, Product Updates

Things are humming along at DubBot. We’ve got some new additions to the product to update everyone on. Let us know what you think! Spell check and suggestions We’ve improved our spelling engine, so it does a better job of...

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Your Website is Your Reputation

Blaine Herman | March 13, 2018 | Quality Assurance

Your website is the first interaction many potential customers, partners, and vendors will have with your brand. Your website is your chance to make a phenomenal first impression, to show visitors your brand’s personality, your...

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Checks and Balances for Web Governance

Blaine Herman | February 26, 2018 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

In the "content is king" era of the web, many moving parts keep a website fresh and up to date. There’s the content machine: Marketing and communications professionals who write content and manage other contributors. There's the content...

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Web Standards for SEO

Guest | February 18, 2018 | SEO

The term "Search Engine Optimization" can elicit many emotions for web professionals. Fear, frustration, anger, and–most often–confusion are all common responses for SEO newbies. While there are some big picture strategies to...

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