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Editing a Web Page

This guide steps you through the basics for creating, editing and publishing a web page using the Cascade CMS.

Log Into Cascade

  1. Using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge as your browser, go to cascade.udayton.edu.
  2. Log into Cascade with your University of Dayton username and password.
  3. Open your site by selecting it in the Sites dropdown.
  4. To edit an existing page, skip to the section "Editing a Page", below.

Start a New Page

  1. In the site content folder tree (left panel of the Cascade window), locate the folder where the new page will be added. Right click on the folder and select "View" from the pop-up menu. By doing this, you are telling Cascade that the page you are about to create should be placed in this folder.
  2. To create the new page, click "Add Content" from the top menu bar of the Cascade window. 
  3. Choose either "Page-Standard" or "Page-No Side Nav". Note: In most cases, it is best to use the "Page-Standard" template because it offers in-page navigation to your site visitors. For more information about the two layouts, see the Designs/Modules Overview page.
  4. Enter a Cascade name for the page. Do not use capitals, spaces or special characters (hyphens and underscores are okay to use). It's best to keep page names as short and logical as possible. This name becomes part of the URL.
    • IMPORTANT: If the page you are creating is the first page of the folder, enter "index" as the page name.
    • INDEX PAGE RULE: Every folder must have a default page named “index”. The "index" page is required for your site navigation to function properly.
  5. Make sure the page is placed in the correct folder.  (It should be set to the folder you viewed in Step 1. If not, click in the Placement Folder field and select the correct folder from the Chooser fly-out menu.)
  6. Click "Save and Preview" at the top of the pane to save the draft of the new page.  Then click "Submit" to finish saving the draft. The page file will appear in the Site Content folder tree. You can now edit the page to add content to it.

Editing a Page

In the site content folder tree (left panel of the Cascade window), locate the page you want to edit. There are two ways to open the page in edit mode -- use either one:

  • Right click on the page file in the content folder tree and select "Edit" from the pop-up menu.
  • Click on the page file in the content folder tree. A preview of the page will display in the preview pane. Then, click the Edit tool at the top of the preview pane.

Follow the instructions below for filling in or changing content in the page template.

Title

Enter a friendly title for the new page. On the published web page, this title displays in the browser tab, the breadcrumb and the page navigation exactly as you type it. Spaces and special characters are permitted. Use standard capitalization.

Start Date

Leave the start date empty. Note: If desired, you can use the Start Date field to trigger the page to be published in the future. See the Publishing Guide for details.

Review Date

Select a date for Cascade to send you a reminder to review the page. You can select any date; one year in the future is typical.

Header

Expand the Header section. Enter a headline. The headline displays in the dark blue header area at the top of the page. Most of the time, you will probably use the same text as the Title, above.

Sections

The remainder of your page is constructed in sections.

  • You can have multiple sections on a page, as needed.
  • Each section contains at least 1 content module and can contain as many modules as you need.
  • It's up to you whether you have just one section with multiple modules in it, or, multiple sections.
  • Keep in mind that modules within a section can be re-ordered and sections can be re-ordered, but modules cannot be moved from one section into another.
  1. Expand the Section bar by clicking on it. If you are working on a new page, the section will present a blank module. Select the kind of module you want to add from the "Type" dropdown.
    • Refer to the individual module guides in this website to learn about the different modules and for instructions to fill out each module.
    • TIP: The Content Area module is a basic text editor and the most commonly used module in our websites. It's an easy module to use (it's just a text editor) and a quick way to get a web page created and published without having to know about the rest of the modules.
  2. Fill in the fields for the module you selected. For help, refer to the module's page in the "Modules/Designs" section of this website.
  3. Optional: If you have more content to add, you can create additional modules and/or sections. Click the green Plus icon in the Section bar to add a new section; click the green Plus icon in the Module bar to add a new module. There is no limit to the number of sections or modules on a page. Use the up and down arrow icons in the bar to re-order the sections and modules.

Saving Your Edits

You can save your edits at any time and as many times as you need. The changes will not be published until you intentionally publish the page in the next step.

  1. To save your edits, click the "Save & Preview" button at the top of the editing window. This creates a draft and displays a preview of the content. A draft is an in-progress temporary version of the page. You can continue editing the draft by clicking the "edit" button. NOTE: A draft cannot be published. No one else can see your draft. To make your draft permanent, you must "submit" the draft.
  2. Click the "Submit" button. This converts the draft into the latest version of the page. The page can be edited again or sent to be published. 

Publishing Your Edited Page

NOTE: See the Publishing Guide for complete information.
NOTE: If this is a new page created after July 1, 2019, you will need to enable indexing and publishing before proceeding. See the Publishing Guide for instructions. Then return to this guide to proceed.

When you are ready to publish the page, click the Publish tool at the top of the page preview or right click on the page file in the content folder tree and select "Publish."

In the Publish window, leave all settings as is and click the "Publish" button at the top.

Viewing Your Published Page on the Web

The URL of a Cascade page follows this format: udayton.edu/PAGEPATH.php

You can get the pagepath by right clicking on the page file in the content folder tree. At the bottom of the pop-up is the pagepath which you can copy. 

In a browser, enter "udayton.edu/" then paste the pagepath. Then add ".php" so that the complete URL looks something like this: udayton.edu/yoursite/yourfolder/yourpage.php 

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