Publishing to a web server:
After creating a content item(Story, News, Event) your item will not appear on www.jmu.edu until you have published it to the www.jmu.edu destination. Just because you have saved your content item in Cascade does not mean it will show up to the public. However, if your content item is being indexed, a link to it may start appearing even before you publish the item if you do not adjust the default dates of the item which are set to allow the item to be indexed immediately.
To Publish to a server you must finish editing your item, then either right click the item name in the left navigation pane, or selecting the item and clicking the publish tab link. Cascade will ask you which destination you wish to publish to. You can choose the test server, the production www.jmu.edu server or both. Cascade will overwrite anything currently on the server in the directory you are publishing to, so make sure you are truly meaning to get rid of older content with similar names if you do publish something.
Event dates and feeds:
When you create an event you set the Event Start Date/Time and Event End Date/Time on the main content pane. These items control when 'feeds' can find your event. Most event feeds work to pull anything that is tagged with the tag type you are pulling and whose start date is today or in the future. Cascade also uses the metadata pane Start Date and End Date to control Publishing around an item. You can setup an Metadata End Date and Cascade will automatically remove from the server(unpublish) your item after this date/time has been reached. These events are still inside the Cascade system, but no longer published on the web. Note that if an event feed has pulled your event into it, you will still need to republish the page that contains that feed to have your item stop showing up on the page.
News dates and feeds:
When you create a news article you set Start Date/time date of the news item in the content edit tab. This date is used by feeds to pull news within the last 60 days into your news feed on your index page of your site. You can also set start and end dates in the Metadata section of your new article. These dates also control when the news item starts being seen by news feeds and the end date is the date upon which the news item will be unpublished from the main www.jmu.edu server. When this end date/time is reached Cacsade will automatically unpublish the new item from the jmu web server.
Joe Cool is in charge of student life news. He wants to post a news article about the Big Man on Campus award winner that he wants to start showing up on the student flyover on the homepage starting on 9/1/12. Joe creates a news article and tags it with student flyover source tag. He sets the posted Date/time as 9/1/12. He sets the Metadata tab start date of the article for 9/1/12 at 6am - since there is a nightly job to update the student flyover at 7am. This will make sure that when the flyover is published at 7am the news article announcing the winner of the BMOC award will appear there. He wants this to stop showing up a week later so he sets a Metadata tab End Date for 9/7/12 at 6:55am. On 9/7/12 at 6:55 am Cascade will remove the news article from the JMU webserver. At 7am the daily job to publish the student flyover will republish and the news item for BMOC award winner will no longer appear.