Can I put photos and videos on my site?

Yes, you can absolutely add images and videos to your website. There will be specific content types that will help you publish images and videos.

Images

Image uploading will be covered in Cascade Overview Training. Here are directions to help guide you through the image uploading process:

Adding Images: provides directions to uploading images in Cascade.

Image Sizing Chart: list of image types and their sizes for reference.

Image Sizing Visual: visual demonstration of image types and their size options. 

Images, Resizing provides an introduction to Canva, a free online image editing tool.


Video

You can upload videos into Cascade in a Video block. We recommend hosting your videos on YouTube. Vimeo files will also work with Cascade.

 

What types of files can I upload to Cascade?

Most of common files types can be uploaded into the CMS: JPG, GIF, PNG, PDF, and Microsoft Office documents. Please note that it is recommended to convert Word documents to PDF before uploading it to Cascade. There will be a limit to how many multimedia formats can be uploaded, due to storage capacities. 

 

Do I have the creative freedom to design my own website layouts? 

Within Cascade, there is flexibility and individuality for layouts. There will be a multitude of content types and pre-built features that will allow you the creative freedom to develop a top-quality website and reflect the character of your department. The goal of maintaining an overall branded site is to promote usability and consistency to our users, regardless of where they may be within jmu.edu.

The main design elements that will stay consistent between templates is the header and footer regions of the page and the look and feel and placement of your navigation. There are many ways to make your website unique. See our Layout Examples for ideas.

Frequently asked question: “Can we have our slideshow automatically rotate through the slides?”

The answer is no, and although auto-rotating slideshows are all over the internet, usability studies show this is a bad user experience.  In summary:

  • Moving UI elements usually reduce accessibility, particularly for users with motor skill issues who have difficulty clicking something before it's taken away.
  • Low-literacy users often don't have enough time to read the information before it's removed.
  • International users also read more slowly if your site is not in their native language, and thus they won't be able to understand a panel if it's displayed only briefly.
  • Single-item visibility is reduced by having to take turns being on display. The probability that users will spot the item they want is drastically reduced when only one thing is displayed at any given time; in the Siemens example, the discount deal is visible only 20% of the time.
  • It's just plain annoying for users to lose control of the user interface when things move around of their own accord.
  • Most important, because it moves, users automatically assume that it might be an advertisement, which makes them more likely to ignore it.
  • Additional reason not in the usability study: you can only measure engagement with a slideshow if the user clicks on it.  If the slides auto-forward, the user may have read the slide, but there is no way to know through analytics data.

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