- Does my website have to migrate to Cascade?
- Does the concept of a site still exist?
- How do I get an account?
- How often should I update my website?
- How will Cascade benefit my department?
- What are the first group of folders in the Cascade directory with _ before the folder name?
- What sites are using Cascade?
- What training is available for Cascade?
We are currently migrating sites/departments on a strategic plan provided by the Cascade Steering Committee. Departments currently migrating have either been invited by the Steering Committee or volunteered based on a desire to be in the new system. While it isn't mandatory at this time, it will become University Policy to have all departments use Cascade for their JMU website(s).
Your website within Cascade will have individual sites containing individual pages. However, within the pages instead of having static blocks of content that has to be copy and pasted to appear anywhere else on the web, you'll have opportunity for dynamic content blocks on your pages. This will enable centralized content sources that can appear multiple places being pulled from one place.
The first step towards getting an account is to sign up for Phase I training. The schedule is available on the main cascade page under events section or on MyMadison (IT576). After attending a Phase I training please sign up for Phase II or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Alvin Chao(email@example.com) and we can direct you further on setting up an initial site consultation for migration. After Phase II training we will contact you regarding a site migration and setup for your site.
Phase 2 training is available on MyMadison for public registration. The Phase 1 and 2 summer training dates will be posted shortly.
The content and the context of your content will determine how often it needs updating. The goal is to provide your audience with fresh and relevant content. Content tags make it possible for your content to show up in multiple places around Cascade. Keep in mind any outdated content on your site can cause other sites to appear outdated. If your department doesn't have resources to produce new content on a regular basis, consider subscribing to relevant feeds that will allow fresh content to be published on your page.
Cascade allows your department to focus on content production. The heightened focus on content will be a theme across campus and will allow designated content to be shared, subscribed and highlighted in areas far beyond your own website. With consistent site design and navigation there will be better overall experience for JMU web users.
These are system folders that provide content for users system-wide. Most of these folders are read access only but will contain content you can use on your site, such as " _images". The images you see in this directory will be available for you to use and/or download to your site.
Below is a list of JMU websites that are using Cascade. Browsing these links will provide insight into available templates, how other sites are implementing their content in Cascade, and what options might be best for your website.
- JMU Homepage
- Demo Templates
- JMU Sports
- Technology Alumni Group
- m.jmu.edu (this is JMU's mobile site that is best viewed on your cell phone or other mobile device)
This session is intended to provide a high-level overview into the world of Cascade. A few topics you can expect to be covered:
- why JMU is moving to a Content Management Systems (CMS)
- what are some of the differences you can expect when publishing your content in a CMS
- a first-look into what your future site might look like
- begin to understand basic terms and functions within Cascade
Each Phase 1 session typically lasts between 30-45 minutes depending on the number of participants and questions that arise. You can register for any upcoming Phase 1 sessions through MyMadison. Please note that Phase 1 is a pre-requisite to Phase 2 and 3.
Phase 2 training serves as a basic, technical training for Cascade. You'll receive an introduction to the user interface covering topics such as login, system preferences, and basic menu options. You'll also learn how to enter several content types such as news, events, stories and images. Additionally, you'll cover the fundamentals of how to publish your website and any content added on a regular basis.
We recommend Phase 2 for Content Publishers who will actually be doing the publishing and daily maintenance of content in Cascade. All participants must complete Phase 1 before registering for Phase 2.
Please know that Phase 2 is not the last or final opportunity for training and development of your site. As you begin your migration process, you will set up a minimum of 2-3 consultations with the Implementation team to help you through your transition process. There is also a Phase 3 that will provide additional (and optional) opportunities for Cascade training.
You can register for Phase 2 through MyMadison.
Phase 3 is an optional opportunity for you to ask questions about how to make changes or develop your specific site further. It will be an open lab hosted by the Web Development team in the IT training lab. Each session will have a maximum capacity to ensure everyone can receive dedicated assistance. Please feel free to bring any questions, concerns or feedback you have regarding your site or Cascade, in general.
You can register for Phase 3 through MyMadison. Please note that to register for Phase 3 you must have already completed Phase 1 and 2.
For any questions or concerns about registering for training or starting your migration process, please contact Carrie Combs.