This short video will introduce you to building pages out of content blocks, and what it means to have a responsive page.

IMPORTANT: If you are creating an "EZ Page" you don't need to worry about Blocks, Formats, and Regions. However, if you want to create more advanced content layouts, you will need to know about these concepts.

Blocks

"Blocks" are files that contain content. Data can be entered into blocks via form fields. The most popular block is a "Content Block" shown in the image below.

Other blocks that you can create include

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Grid Cells

A "Content Block" contains at least one grid cell, but can have as many as you want. The grid cells can be different widths (full-width, 2/3rds width, 1/2 width, 1/3rd width, and 1/4 width) and can contain different types of information. For example, you can specify a single content block to have three grid cells, the first being a WYSIWYG full of text, the second as a Link List, and the third as an Action Link (the video above shows examples of those types of content).

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Formats

"Formats" tell Cascade how to display "Block" content on a page. The content in a block cannot be seen on a page unless a "Format" displays its content.  You can create and edit your own "Blocks" (see Creating Content Blocks). However, "Formats" are created by itweb@jmu.edu and are only editable by them, and many are located in the /_shared-formats folder. Specifying Blocks and Formats in a Region is called "wiring" content (see below).

 

Regions

Your page is separated by what Cascade calls "Regions." If you have content in the default WYSIWYG editor, it will appear in the DEFAULT Region at the top of the page. You can hover over a section of the page to see what Region that content is in. Use the Edit button in the page toolbar and the Configure tab to view Regions.  In the example below, you can see the regions for LEFTNAV, NAV_FOOTER, REGION-01, REGION-02, and REGION-03.  You will only be concerned with adding content in the REGION-XX regions.  "Wiring" blocks and formats to anything other than "REGION-XX" would be done by itweb@jmu.edu.

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PRO-TIP: Regions display in their numerical order. Skipping Regions allows you to more easily insert content between your regions at some point in the future. For example, place your first content in REGION-03, and your next content in REGION-05, so that if you ever want to insert content between them, REGION-04 is already empty.

 

"Wiring" Content

Blocks are "wired" to pages when they are added to a "Region" in the configure tab. Content blocks must have the "shared-formats/common/content" format applied. See Wiring Block and Formats.

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