Cascade content management system (CMS) allows you to edit your website wherever you happen to be. Your navigation is generated for you, your links managed and your content accessible. Cascade empowers you to update and publish without a middleman between you and your website. Best of all, Cascade requires no software to install and can be used anywhere--at work, home or on the road--provided you have access to the internet and a web browser.
I need to get access to Cascade and request a new website, where can I do so?
Go to the Web Homepage and click on the red “Request Assistance” button halfway down the page.
On the “Web Service Request” page, click the “Request a New Site” link.
Login with your NetID, fill out the form and click the “Send” button at the bottom of the page.
Now that you’ve requested your new site, you will need to complete a short accessibility training in order to be able to edit it. To do this, click the “Accessibility Training” link at the top of the form. (You can also access the Accessibility Training by clicking on the “Accessibility” tab at the top of the page, and then the “online training” link on the right hand side.)
Watch the Web & Documents Training video, answer the questions below the video and click the “send” button.
The Web Team will email you when your new site is ready.
I’m working on a website, but I only want access to one part of the site. Is this possible?
How do I get access to my Form Builder submissions?
How can I get access to edit my department’s study page?
Web Team Resources:
Can I receive training in Cascade?
Can the Web Team make my website for me?
The Web Team is consistently working to improve the University of Montana’s web presence, however, we don’t have the capacity to provide custom content or to build individual websites. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your website. We can be reached at (406) 243-4361 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the Web Team have any kind of Cascade documentation or “How To” manual on using Cascade?
What’s the difference between the Setup Block and the Section Block?
- Setup Blocks contain lots of information about sites in Cascade, including the name of the Site, what content appears on Homepages, as well a host of other information that helps Cascade make your site. The Setup Block is mainly concerned with the homepage of your site and site-wide information such as the site title. For more information on the Setup Block and how to utilize it, visit the Setup Block Documentation.
- The Section Block is concerned with folder-wide content additions. It can add a banner to the top of every page in a folder. This can be a color bar or a banner image. The Section Block can also add a sidebar to every page in a folder. The Section Block will affect every page in the folder that the Section Block is placed in. Additionally, if you’d like the Section Block to target specific pages rather than the entire folder, you can do this within the “Advanced” area of the “Edit” section. For more information about the Section Block and how to utilize it, visit the Section Block Documentation.
I want my featured image to be a cycle slideshow. Is this possible?
The Ponderosa Template does not currently support cycle slideshows within featured or banner images. This is due to web accessibility standards and research showing that slideshows are an ineffective way to provide content to users.
Does the university have a set of colors I should be using in my website?
When I add a word to my dictionary in the Spellchecker, does it only affect me or does it add it to everyone's dictionary?
I'm trying to edit a page and it says the page is locked from editing! Help!
My page still isn’t showing up in my navigation, even though I published the parent folder. Why isn’t it appearing in my navigation?
Ensure that you have given the page a Display Name. A missing Display Name could cause an asset to be missing from the navigation structure. To add a Display Name, select the asset and click “Edit”, the Display Name box will be near the top of the page.
Ensure that the page is set to be included in the navigation. To do this, select the page, click “edit” and make sure “Include in Navigation?” is set to “Yes”.
If your page still isn't’t showing up, ensure that the page or folder is set to be included in indexing and publishing. For a page, this can be viewed by selecting the page, clicking edit, clicking the "Configure" tab, and then ensuring that the “Include when indexing” and “Include when publishing” boxes are checked.
For a folder, this can be viewed by selecting the folder, clicking edit, going to the "Properties" tab and the ensuring that the “Include when indexing” and “Include when publishing” boxes are checked.
How do I reorder my navigation structure?
To reorder items in your navigation, select the folder that contains the desired assets. Click on the “order” tab above the folder’s contents.
Once you’ve selected “Order”, the items will display in ascending order (smallest to largest). Navigation ordering is based on this ascending order, that is “1” will be the first link in the navigation structure. For Top Navigation, “1” is the leftmost link and for Left Navigation, “1” is the topmost link. You do not have to click “Submit” to save your changes, but you will have to publish the parent folder in order for the new navigation order to appear on your site. For more information on Navigation, check out our Navigation Documentation.
I made a new page but no matter how many times I publish, it won’t show up!
It takes two minutes for updated content to show up after clicking publish, so wait two minutes and check again.
If the new page still isn't’t showing up after two minutes, ensure that you are publishing the parent folder, not just the page. The parent folder is the Cascade folder that contains the page. By publishing the parent folder, the newly updated folder that now contains your new page will be published, meaning that your new page will now be included in the navigation of the folder and now will be accessible to users.
If you receive an error message that states “Asset it not set to publish. Please enable publishing for this asset and try again.” when you try to publish the page, you need to change the settings so that the page is set to be included with publishing.
For a page, this can be changed by selecting the page, clicking edit, clicking the configure tab, and then ensuring that the “Include when publishing” box is checked.
For a folder, this can be checked by opening the folder, clicking edit, clicking the "properties" tab and the ensuring that the “Include when publishing” box is checked.
Why aren’t my stories publishing?
If you’ve created a new Story or edited an existing Story, publish the entire Stories Folder. If you have edited the Config Block, publish the default page on which your Stories display. When in doubt, publish both the Stories folder and the default page on which they display.
How do I reorder my stories?
To reorder your stories, go to the stories folder, click on the “order” tab above the folder’s contents twice so that the assets display in descending order (largest to smallest).
Once you’ve selected “Order”, the items will display the correct order and you can drag stories around to reorder them by hovering to the right of the asset name until the cursor turns into a double ended arrow. Note that in the Stories order, the highest number is the leftmost story. The lower the number, the more further right the Story will appear. You do not have to click “Submit” to save your changes, but you will have to publish the Stories folder to reflect the changes made.
What’s the difference between Tiles and Stories?
Stories are the new and improved Tiles. Everything that you liked about Tiles is maintained within Stories, with enhanced functionality. You can easily reorder Stories, set your Stories to be automatically generated from social media accounts, categorize Stories by type, archive Stories, and feature specific Stories. All these new features were added with the launch of Stories and are not available through Tiles. If you’re still using Tiles, we can assist you in making the transition to Stories. You can reach us at email@example.com or (406) 243-4361.
Why do some websites seem to have a more customized appearance than others?
How can I see which parts of my site have the most user traffic?
How do I get a custom URL to point to an existing page on my website?
If you’d like a redirect to an existing page
Can I copy components from the UM homepage into my website?
Cascade 8 Upgrade
Why does Cascade look different?
On August 9th, we upgraded to a new version of Cascade, Cascade 8.
We have heavily documented how to use Cascade 8. You can browse through the documentation by clicking through the top navigation on this page.
To see past emails that we sent to all Cascade users regarding the upgrade, check out our Past Communications Page.