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
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