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Cascade is FIU's content management system (CMS) for building and maintaining websites at the university. It is a versatile system used by many universities across the country. A Cascade implementation consists of a set of assets (pages, directories, etc.) created on top of our centralized standards which will continue to evolve to meet current design and development practices.

Creating a Site with Cascade

 This is a breakdown of the technical process used to create websites in Cascade.

Request a Site

After making your request to Digital Communications, our team will create a new "blank" site in Cascade which contains all our current standards (content areas, styles, etc.) listed in the style guide.

At this step, we create the following files:

  • _assets – Folder used for storing files that will be hosted on your site. Upload all your images and pdfs here
  • _internal – This is what's "under the hood" of your website. Only developers will need to work with this folder
  • index – The home page of your website
  • site-info – Contains your site's technical properties

Create a Developer Link

This will be a URL that only you, the client, can access. At this link, we will create the site before we make it live.

Provide Your Organization's Logo

Follow FIU brand standards for your logo and submit it to Digital Communications to display in your sites header.

Configure "site-info" Block

Provide the team with the neccessary information for the "site-info" block. The "site-info" stores site properties such as:

  • Site Name
  • Google Analytics
  • Settings for Google Custom Search Engine 
  • Footer information

Begin Content Flow

Learn to use content areas and refer to our Cascade guide to fill the blank site with your content.