Cascade 8 was successfully transitioned into the production CMS environment on Oct. 30. Work continues with updating the master template and site styles. Known issues currently being worked on include:
- Combined use of tabs, accordions and/or slideshow on a page cause click functions to be disabled.
- Accordion function is limited to 10 entries and does ot allow stacked content.
- Need to add in Right Callout block function to template.
- Footer form fields are being updated to allow for customization of address/phone number (fixed).
- Search box in header displays incorrectly on certain browsers (fixed).
- Call to action buttons are overlapping with contetn on mobile devices (fixed).
- WYSIWYG editor Formats are not functioning on new pages (fixed.) Content must be tagged as paragraph, header, etc.
If you've encountered an issue with your site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMSL's Content Management System, Cascade, was upgraded to version 8.4.1 on October 30, 2017
Cascade 8 is a major release that introduces a completely redesigned and reorganized interface for CMS site managers to build and edit pages. It's an exciting upgrade, bringing a modern interface to simplify the user experience and it's faster and usable on more devices.
- Modern user interface. Built with the end user in mind, the new interface has a radically different look and feel with bold colors, bigger fonts, and fresh icons. It also features more real estate for content editing and includes an updated WYSIWYG editor.
- Availability across devices. Cascade 8’s responsive design allows you to access, update, and publish content from any device at any time for quick and easy on-the-go changes.
- Hidden advanced functionality. We simplified controls, hid advanced functionality behind menus and shortcuts, and focused on the core functions that matter most to end-users. This will allow you to spend more time creating, editing, and publishing content.
But, with any changes, you'll need to get comfortable using the new system. So, we're offering a number of opportunities for you to experience Cascade 8. We're also updating all of our CMS documentation so you can work with confidence.
New Template, New Look
The Cascade 8 upgrade, in and of itself, only changes the site manager interface and not the way that our published, live pages look. But, what better time to refresh the look of our UMSL.edu site? We've taken the opportunity to update some of our global assets, in-page styles and added a new master page template to create pages.
What are the design changes?
First, it's important to know that UMSL is not changing its branding guidelines, so core elements such as our university logotype and colors will not change. However, we will make style changes to global web assets including our standard header/footer across all sites and key in-page styles found in the WYSIWYG drop down menu. These styles include changes to formats you already use like alerts, tables, buttons, and header fonts. And, we're adding new styles like lead paragraph text styles, content subhead text styles, and approved font colors - red, gold and blue. Once the upgrade is complete, we will update our Web Styleguide to provide you with helpful instructions to make the most of the new styles.
What are the template changes?
Right now, our site managers have three standard templates to create new pages including Unit Home, Unit Slideshow, and Unit Secondary Page. Each of these templates offers its own benefits, however, the new template will bring all of the elements of the three existing templates together into one to give you more control of the layout of your page. And, of course, we added some new features:
- Insert a 100% width image header with the option to add a caption.
- Select one, two, or three column layouts.
- Insert a newly-designed rotating slideshow.
- Add accordion content that expands and closes when clicked.
- Use tabbed content or image galleries.
- Build your page using a building-block model that allows you to shift content up or down.
- Expand content to 100% page width.
Will my current pages using the old templates change?
Yes and no. The old templates will still be intact and your pages will still be available to edit within their original template. However, the new master template will be the only available option as you create new pages. Over time, you may want to rebuild your existing pages into the new template to take advantage of the full range of layouts available. This is, of course, all behind the scenes for our site managers. However, to the public, the design elements that pull from the global stylesheets will change the way your current pages look to ensure they are consistent with the new sitewide design.
What is the timeline?
- Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. - We will conduct prep work in the production CMS environment to reset asset references. Users should log out prior to 10:30 for one hour.
- Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. - Cascade Version 8.4.1 will be transferred to the CMS production environment followed by interface and publishing testing. Users should log out prior to 10:30 for the remainder of the day.
- Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 - New template and style files will be added site-by-site, published and tested. Users may be logged in, but should avoid if possible as there may be a risk of losing work while this work takes place. You'll begin to see changes on the live site as this work progresses.
Are there training opportunities?
Yes. The week prior to the launch and the week after the implementation, site managers may attend a Cascade 8 Upgrade Review Session where we will show the new interface and design elements. Workshops for NEW users will be held Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. And, on and after Nov. 3, we'll hold a series of Working Sessions (open labs) for site managers to come by and work on their sites with the help of our team. View a view schedule on our CMS Training website.
Is training required?
Training on Cascade 8 is not required for current CMS site managers, but it is encouraged. The new Cascade 8 interface is both user friendly and intuitive, but the layout has changed as has the way in which you'll build new pages. As always, new site managers are required to attend training before gaining access to the system.