action link

An element that displays text on a colorful background with an arrow, like a button, with a link and optional image.  On the left is an action link with an image, and on the right are three action links, vertically-stacked, without images.


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advanced layout

Pages with an "advanced layout" use multi-blocks to set up a grid of content in however many rows or columns you want. This is in contrast to the "EZ" page layout. which is limited to only one column of content.

See the difference between advanced layout and EZ Page layout.

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another department's tag

If you wish to add another department's tag to an Article or Event, obtain permission from that department first. Then, CC the department contact in an email to ITWeb to request the tag be addded.

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Type of element that can be added to links to direct to a specific section on a page rather than the top.

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Special type of document in Cascade that is used for stories or news.

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The actual content that you can create and edit, which gets wired to documents.

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A type of navigation that displays the path to a page above a page title.

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Publishable elements in Cascade including pages, articles, FAQs, events, and profile listing pages.

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Responsive table elements that display data that can be sorted into multiple columns, searched in all fields, and paginated.

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Special type of document for announcing events.

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external link

A connection made between two pages by specifying the url of the hyperlinked page.  In the "Insert Link" dialog, the "External Link" option presents you with a text box where you specify the url of the hyperlinked page:


NOTE: If you specify an external link to a page and that page is moved, renamed, or deleted, the link will be broken.  You should only specify external links to pages that are not in the Cascade system.  If you need a page within to be linked and you do not have access to the page, please contact and they will create the internal link for you.

Also see internal link.

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Special type of document for addressing frequently asked questions.

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Feeds are ways to display Articles, Events, WYSIWYGS, or links in a section on a page. There are multiple styles of feeds to choose from.

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Folders are used as organizational tools in Cascade to separate documents and content. Special folders have underscores and have specific uses.

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Formats are created by ITWeb and are not editable. They tell Cascade how to render content on a page.

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grid cell

Grid cells separate and control the width of types of content within multi-blocks, including Action Links, Link Lists, WYSIWYG content, and videos.

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internal link

A connection made between two files, using a dialog box to choose the connected file.  For example, when creating a hyperlink between two pages, you have the option of specifying an "Internal" or "External" link.  The "Internal Link" option presents you with this dialog box in which you browse to the other page to choose it:


NOTE: If you specify an internal link to a page and that linked page is moved, renamed, or deleted, the link will not be broken as long as you republish the page that has the link.  For example, if page "A" internally links to page "B" and page "B" is renamed to "C", then all you have to do is republish page "A" and it will automatically update the link in page "A" to point to page "C".  You should always specify internal links to pages that are in the Cascade system.  If you need a page within to be linked and you do not have access to the page, do not create an external link.  Please contact and they will create the internal link for you.

Also see external link.

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link list

Lists of links used to display links that are grouped together; created in multi-blocks.

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Type of Block that is full of grid cells used to add Action Links, Link Lists, WYSIWYG content, and videos.

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Left navigation appears on every page and controls what pages are displayed as links; publishable through the SSI page.

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Pages are the components that become webpages; they are responsive by default and contain different elements that make it a complete webpage.

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Profiles are special documents that contain information about facaulty/staff, and are displayed on Profile Listing Pages.

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Regions are connected to page layout and control where information displays on a page. Blocks and formats are placed in Regions.

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Responsive (or RWD) means that an element/document will adapt to the size of the screen the user is viewing it on, providing optimal viewing and interaction experiences for users on devices of different screen size.

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This is the container of every department website at JMU.

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A Sitemap is a page on your website that lists all of the pages on your website, alphabetically, by their Display Name.  The link to the Sitemap page should be at the bottom of your navigation (see the red circle below).  Please contact if you would like a Sitemap added to your website.


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Slideshows are a type of Block that display images that can be clicked through, with optional text overlay/ links.

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Spots are images in multi-block WYSIWYG fields with links. They draw attention and can function like advertisements when used sparingly.

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SSI stands for Server Side Include. SSI is a way of adding the same information to an entire website. Example of this include global headers, global footers, and navigation.

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Tables can be easily added in any WYSIWYG content field using the "Table" drop-down. Tables can have any number of columns and rows, and are useful for displaying small amounts of data.

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A "third" refers to the size of an image, which should take up a third of the width on page at desktop resolution. In a multi-block, an image in a 1/3 width grid cell must be the size of a third.

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Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo videos can be added to your website on EZ Pages or in multi-blocks.

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A website consists of all the documents in a folder which resides at the "root level" of the JMU site. For example, is the "academics" website, and in Cascade, it resides in the folder named "admissions" at the root of the JMU site.  However is NOT a website, since it does not reside at the root level of the JMU site.  In this case, the "undergraduate" folder resides in the "admissions" website, which resides in the JMU "site".

QUIZ QUESTION: In the url, what is the "website"?

ANSWER: The website is "cascade" since it is the root folder.  The "docs" folder is not the website since it is not the root folder.

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Specifying Blocks and Formats in a Region is called "wiring" the content.


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WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. The WYSIWYG editor in Cascade allows users to add links, images, and text in the Content field, which looks similar to the way it will appear when published.  Here is what a WYSIWYG field looks like with the content looking all pretty inside without having to type any HTML code.


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