Now that you know how to navigate to your site's folders within Cascade, you will learn how to create folders for your website. You will also learn about "special" folders that each website's main folder should contain. 

Creating Folders

Step 1: Create folder

In the top-left corner of the page, select:
Add Content > _ALL > Folder

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Step 2: Name folder

Use the following guidelines when naming your folder:

  • Lowercase letters only 
  • Alphanumeric characters: a-z, 0-9 (no symbols)
  • Dashes between words (no spaces or underscores)
  • Descriptive, specific, unambiguous words
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Good folder names

  • annual-awards
  • campaign-goals
  • forms

Bad folder names:

  • Annual Awards (do not use capital letters or spaces)
  • campaign_goals! (do not use special symbols or underscores)
  • other (do not use ambiguous language)
Step 3: Choose placement folder

When you create a folder, you will have to choose another folder in which you want to place it, which is known as its "placement folder."

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Special Folders

In the Site Content panel, you may see folder names that begin with an underscore. We use the underscore to bring certain folders to the top of its placement folder (Cascade orders folders alphabetically and considers the underscore character to be before the letter "A.") This is for your convenience, and to help you distinguish between special folders and any other folder you create. Some examples of these special folders include:

"_cascade" Folders


In various folders of your website you may see a folder named "_cascade." This folder is primarily used by ITWeb to configure various aspects of your website, however your website may have a special arrangement in which you will need to access the contents of this folder.  If ITWeb has not informed you of this, you most likely will never have to look inside this folder.

"_content" Folders


"_content" folders are folders only used for multi-blocks, which will be discussed in this documentation's section about creating multi-blocks. You will use this type of folder often when creating pages for your website, however these folders should not contain pages or any other document that need to be published. If any pages are created or moved into a _content folder, you will receive a friendly reminder to not put publishable documents in these folders.

"_images" Folders


Near the top of the Site Content panel, you will see the Cascade's "_images" folder. This folder contains a subfolder for your website (for example, if your website is "admissions", there will be a _images/admissions folder) along with some shared image folders you can use like action-links and features (which you will also learn about later in this documentation):

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These images are available for anyone to use and are generic in nature, meaning they could be appropriate for many purposes. If you provide your own images, you should add them to the folder for your website within the "/_images" folder.

"_files" Folders


Within your website, you may have a "_files" folder, which should contain documents that are not web-pages, such as PDFs. If you do not have a "_files" folder, you should create one (using "_files" for all title fields). Documents that are not PDFs, such as Microsoft Office documents, should be converted to PDFs before being added to your "_files" folder in Cascade, since PDFs are more universally compatible. Later in this documentation, we will cover instructions on how to convert Word documents to PDFs. If you want to upload documents to your _files folder now, see this page for the instructions.

"_links" Folders


Within your website folders, you may have a "_links" folder, which should contain HTML Links.  When you want to add an external link to more than one place, it is useful to use HTML Links. This way, all the links trace back to the HTML Link allowing you to change it from one place if you ever need to, rather than having to edit each of the links individually. See HTML Links.

"z-archive" Folders


"z-archive" folders are like recycling bins that never have to be emptied; this is where you should place documents that you don't want on your website but also don't want to permenantly delete. The "z-" puts the folder at the bottom of your file listing so you don’t see it all the time. You can have as many "z-archive" folders as you want in your website, but you should have one at the root of your website, and it must be set not to publish or be indexed as shown here in the folder's Properties settings:

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Contact itweb@jmu.edu if you do not have a "z-archive" folder.

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