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  • Catch Bugs Faster, and Deploy with Confidence — Visual Regression Testing Just Got Better

    Tugboat’s visual regression testing feature, visual diffs, is an important part of the workflow for many of our clients. Not only is visual regression testing is additional line of defense against bugs making it through to production, but providing this functionality also enables teams to develop and deploy faster, with higher confidence that each new pull request isn’t introducing breaking changes. With that in mind, we’ve super-charged this functionality to make visual diffs even more powerful.

  • Deploy Preview Benefits for Engineering Managers

    As an engineering manager, you wear a lot of hats. You manage people and projects. You may need to provide input on the tech stack or software architecture. And, you’re ultimately responsible for ensuring your team is following best practices and utilizing good processes. To top it off, you pay likely have to balance your attention to budget while leading teams to quickly and routinely deliver bug-free code. This is a lot for anyone to juggle - especially in 2020 - that ‘s why having deploy previews in your toolbox can help.

  • WordPress, Drupal, Laravel, Symfony… how do you test a PHP version upgrade?

    Heads up, PHP friends, PHP 8.0 is here, and you’re going to want it. The performance benefits of the new JIT (just-in-time) compiler are reason enough, especially if your application has CPU-intensive processes. Here’s a full list of the changes in PHP 8.0. And while you’re at it, check out our post on how to turn on JIT compiling in PHP 8.0.

  • Introducing: Tugboat Live Previews for Drupal Core

    The Drupal community unites more than a million open source developers, designers, and contributors worldwide. Because Drupal is a huge part of Tugboat’s beginnings, we’re excited to announce that now Tugboat will generate deployment previews for Drupal Core development.

  • Announcing: Pricing and Feature Updates for Tugboat

    The Tugboat team has been hard at work adding features to our deploy preview platform, and trying to make it easier for you to select the pricing plan that works best for your needs. Today, we’re announcing an update to our pricing tiers and features to make that process easier.

  • The Risky Business of Hosting and the WebDev Agency

    Can you imagine a home builder building a house, but being forced to use the would-be home owner’s tools? I can picture the builder up in the rafters with that cute little Ikea hammer, trying to pound in a sixteen-penny nail. 20 minutes later, they proudly grin and flip you a thumb’s up.

  • Multisite with Tugboat

    So you’ve got a multisite platform in Drupal, WordPress, or another CMS? And you want to use Tugboat? Great news—Tugboat has support for that!

  • Deploy Preview Benefits for DevOps and IT Teams

    It’s easy to see how development teams benefit from deploy previews, but may seem less obvious how these ephemeral environments bring benefits to DevOps and IT roles across an organization. In this article in our git pull request builder series, savvy CTOs and DevOps teams share how they use deploy previews to reduce server infrastructure costs and maintenance overhead and validate DevOps processes to deploy code faster, with fewer disruptions.