General Terms

The general terms below will help introduce important concepts you will encounter when using Cascade.

Template
XHTML documents that contain standard HTML tags and CSS that create the “look and feel” of a web page; it’s the fundamental system entity that defines the HTML/XML structure of the page in the CMS. Basically, the template determines the layout of the website and creates consistency to promote the JMU brand.

Content Types
Content types provide an intuitive and logical way for users to identify an appropriate type to associate with a page. Content types are given simple names that clearly identify their purpose to end-users. Examples: news, story, event, directory, policies, hours, etc.

Content Tags
Provide direction and identity for content within the CMS; designating specific content tags will enable your content to show up in a certain place within the CMS; access to content tags will be permission-based.

Keywords
Keywords are part of the metadata content for pages, files, folders, and external links, and are used by search engines to determine the relevancy of individual pages or sites.  Typically, keywords are a comma-delimited list of words used on pages and generated in such a way that the page can receive higher points in a search engine query.

Examples of Primary Content Types

There are numerous other content types available, however, the primary content types are the most commonly used and most similar content types within the CMS.

Events
Event content is associated with date and time and will not appear on your website past its occurrence. There will be options to subscribe to university events using content tags. When creating departmental events the editable fields are start date/time, end date/time, title, body text, and content tags.

Story
Story content is longer lasting and more elaborate than news or events. This content type displays main content or feature stories on the main part of your homepage; contains several editable fields (title, heading, teaser, body, image options, content tags, etc) to present your story in a dynamic way.

News
News content is a report or presentation of a recent event within the department and will be shorter lived than story content. There are options to subscribe to university news using content tags. The editable fields available for news content are start date/time, title, body text, teaser, and content tags.

Examples of Secondary Content Types

Secondary Content types will not be used as frequently as Primary Content Types and will not be available on all templates.

Feature Profiles

Profiles usually appear in the primary side widget, next to the primary feature content type. This content type can be used to profile various people within the JMU Community, faculty, donors, students, alumni, etc. The editable fields for profiles are display name, title, last name, first name, teaser, body content, image options, and content tags.

Image
Upload images and photographs to your website; where the image appears on your website will depend on your template and what other content type you might be using; the preferred file type is RGB JPG.

Video
Upload video files to your website; where the video appears on your website will depend on your template; the preferred file type is H.264 or MP4.

FAQ
Create frequently asked questions with site visitors; fill in the editable fields and use the appropriate content tags and your users can access the FAQ content type from your website or from other websites that may subscribe to specific content tags.

Policies
There are 2 Policy categories: JMU Official Policies and unofficial policies; the editable fields include title, heading, teaser, body content, image options, external link, posted date/time, and content tags. By filling in the editable fields and using the appropriate content tags, users can to access policies from your website or from other websites that may subscribe to content tags belonging to a specific policy.

Programs
Advertise any programs your department offers; the editable field options are title, heading, teaser, body content, image options, link, posted date/time, and content tags.
This content type will be most used in the extracurricular template but may be used in other templates, as well.

Hours
List any official hours on the departmental homepage. The editable fields include type of hours; special hours; start day of the week, end day of the week, start date/time, end date/time, title, body content, and content tags. Hours can be easily adjusted to display standard or special hours.

Services
Intended for departments with services available to the university that wish to advertise on your departments homepage; the editable fields are title, heading, teaser, content, image options, external link, posted date/time, and content tags. By tagging your service appropriately your services will be indexed and shared across the Cascade.

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