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Administrator is a role in the system that permits full, uninhibited access to any asset and/or area of the system. A user assigned the administrator role has access to both the standard "Home" area where web page assets are managed and the "Administration" area where advanced system entities and publishing can be configured. Folder access rights do not apply to the administrator role; therefore, a user with administrator rights can view, edit, copy, delete, or move an asset without restriction. Additionally, administrators have the ability to break asset locks anywhere in the "Home" area.

Advanced SearchMore Information

Advanced Search offers a more fine-tuned search capability than the basic search, and is based on the asset name, asset path, asset contents, asset metadata fields, and/or asset types. In addition to the standard search term field, Advanced Search includes check-boxes to select types of content to search for, and can be used to filter asset types and search for metadata fields.

Assets (Content Item)More Information

An Asset is any files within the CMS that make a website. Most everything you will work with in Cascade (pages, folders, files, images, ect.) is considered an Asset.

Asset Action ToolbarMore Information

The Asset Action Toolbar is displayed when choosing an asset from the folder tree. It is used to modify content using the Workspace Tabs and Sub Tab. The options available depend on the asset selected.

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Base Folder – More Information
The base folder is the top-level folder for assets located in the folder tree.

All assets are ordered hierarchically and have a parent folder, including folders themselves. It is called the base folder because it is the only folder that does not have a parent. Therefore, the base folder is the root folder for all other assets managed underneath this folder within a particular website.

Basic SearchMore Information

Basic Search provides an easy way to perform searches within the CMS content repository. 


A Block is a 'pluggable' piece of content that can be easily substituted (with or without styling) into any page region. Therefore, whenever there is content that is common to many pages or regions (e.g. an “About the Company” section that appears after every press release and newsletter), that content should be put into a block. Doing so allows the appropriate content to appear in many pages while always being updated from one place, making it easy to maintain consistency in that text/markup across many pages. Cascade users can reuse a single block on an unlimited amount of page regions. An example of a block is the social media block.

BreadcrumbsMore Information

Breadcrumbs are a type of Dynamic Navigation typically used for every page except the home page. By showing a navigation trail from the home page to the current page, breadcrumbs ensure that users know where they are and how they got there.

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Check In and Out

Users can exclusively lock or "check out" assets to work on them and prevent others from submitting changes. An asset must be "checked in" before other users can edit it again.

Child Asset

Any content item within a folder. The folder that contains a child asset is called the parent folder.

Child Folder

A type of child asset, a folder that is contained within another folder. The folder holding the child folder is the parent folder.

CMSMore Information

Content Management System. CMSs are used to add, remove, and edit content on websites without directly editing the HTML or other background web programming.

Compare with Current

This functionality has been added to let users visually compare changes between versions of an asset. 

Content EditorMore Information

The Content Editor is sometime referred to as the WYSIWYG or rich text editor. WYSIWYG is an acronym for “What You See Is What You Get.” Cascade’s word processing functionality or content editor is referred to as the WYSIWYG editor because as its name implies, it allows you to see formatting while editing in your content in the word processor (much like Microsoft Word®).

Custom NavigationMore Information

Custom Navigation refers to the way to create a navigation on your site by reordering pages and folders. This is achieved by either using the order drag and drop in the folder view or using the folder up and down Icons.

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Dashboard (Home Area)More Information

The Dashboard can be accessed at any time by selecting "Home" from the main menu. Upon logging in, every user is greeted with a personalized dashboard showing messages, current workflows, assets checked out, and much more general information.

Data Definitions (Edit Screen)

A Data Definition describes how a certain set of data is structured. Data definitions are used by Cascade Server to generate form-based input fields for the creation and editing of page content.

Development ServerMore Information

The Development Server is a web server that delivers what is often called the "test site." It is good way of testing new pages and reviewing edits on a live browser without publishing content to the live site.

Display NameMore Information

A piece of information used to generate Auto-Navigation and breadcrumbs in Cascade Server. Display Names are most common for pages and folders while generally unused for blocks and files.

Drag and Drop Folder ReorderingMore Information

Drag and Drop Folder Reordering allows users with Contributor-level write access rights and above to reorder Assets within Folders by dragging and dropping.

Dynamic NavigationMore Information

Navigation menus on websites are typically a graphical view of a site's hierarchy. When pages are added, deleted, moved, or renamed, all corresponding links need to be updated on the navigation menus throughout the site. Dynamic navigation allows a navigation menu to update automatically, based on the state of a website's content. There are six main types of dynamic navigation in Cascade: Menu(s), Breadcrumbs, Previous/Next, Recent Pages, Site Map, and Site Index.

External Link – More Information

An External Link is an asset that points to a webpage outside the system.  As it is an indexable asset, an external link is useful when there is a need to include external pages in a dynamic navigation menu.

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FileMore Information

For the purposes of Cascade Server, files are typically created by external programs and imported for use in Cascade.

Images, PDF documents, and text files are some common examples of files used in Cascade Server. Only text files are editable inside the system.

File UploadMore Information

File Upload is an option available when creating or editing files, templates, style sheets and XML blocks. File Upload allows a user to select a file to upload from his/her hard drive, which will then be used to fill in the content of that asset. When creating an asset, if no name has been specified, the name of the file from the hard drive will be inherited.

First-Level Item

Any content item (folder, page, or other) contained within only the Base Folder and no other folder.

FolderMore Information

A folder within Cascade contains a group of related assets. From the Dashboard, the Asset Tree (or Folder Tree) to the left is where folders and all the assets in the system appear.

Clicking on a folder will expand the folder view in the folder tree, revealing the assets and/or subfolder(s) inside. Additionally, clicking on a folder from the folder tree will open it in the main viewing area as well.

Folder TreeMore Information

On the left‐hand side of the screen, you will see a tree browser interface that lets you see areas to which you have permission within Cascade. Your site may be “rooted” (or may be based out of) any area within the tree in a folder based on your department.

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A marker in webpages to show hierarchy and organization. For example, a Heading 1 is more important than a Heading 2, which is more important than Heading 3, and so on. Most pages in Cascade Server will start with a Heading 2, which can be found under the “Format” drop-down menu ( ) in the WYSIWYG Text Editor.

HistoryMore Information

From any page in the system, users can click on the ‘Full History’ link on the History drop down to see a longer list of their most recently viewed assets and the site they belong to. Users may also jump to an asset listed in the history by selecting its system name.

HTMLMore Information

HyperText Markup Language. HTML is the primary web programming used to generate websites. You can access the HTML view of your webpage within the Page Editor using the HTML icon () in the WYSIWYG Text Editor.

Hyperlink (Link) – More Information

An element within a webpage that connects that webpage to other content, including to other pages within the same website, to other websites entirely, or even to documents like .doc or .pdf.

Internal Link More Information

A hyperlink to another page or piece of content (like a document) within your website.


Keywords are part of the metadata content for pages, files, folders, blocks and external links, and are used by search engines to determine the relevancy of individual pages or sites. Typically, keywords are a comma-delimited list of words used on pages and generated in such a way that the page can receive higher points in a search engine query.

Left NavigationMore Information

The menu that appears on the left side of your webpages. The left navigation may be created through either automatically or through Custom Navigation.

Link – More Information

A shortened term for “hyperlink.” Cascade Server provides users with a number of different ways to manage links in content. The different options depend on the type of asset containing the link, the type of link, the type of asset being linked to (if the linked-to asset is inside the system), and the location of both assets.

Locking – More Information

A function that allows you to “check out” a content item in Cascade Server (folders, pages, files, blocks, and external links). Locking a content item means that other users cannot edit that item until you “unlock” it.

Log In and Out – More Information

Logging in is mandatory for any user wishing to use Cascade Server. Once logged in, a user can access and edit assets inside the system. Upon logout, a user's session will be terminated. If a user wishes to view and/or edit assets inside the system, he or she will have to log in again using their login credentials (username/password).

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Main Menu BarMore Information

The Main Menu Bar is the blue area at the top of the browser window. Many action are preformed from here: Check publishing, create new assets, check history, and upload zip files are few of the most common application.


A menu is typically the main navigational feature of a website. A menu can show a list of just the main links on a site or several levels of sub pages. A menu can be the same for all pages throughout the site, or it can expand to show more levels the deeper into the site you go.

MessageMore Information

Messages are sent to users by the CMS to provide publish information. They are viewable from the "Messages" tab on the dashboard.

MetadataMore Information

Metadata is data within the CMS that describes an Asset. Common fields such as title, summary, or keywords provide quick information about the content contained inside of a particular Asset. Because the system manages all assets, the Metadata that a user enters for Assets can be used for display purposes on site pages, and provide search engines, such as Goggle, valuable information about webpage.

NavigationMore Information

The menu used to access different parts of a website. In Cascade Server, the two options for navigation are a top navigation, a left navigation, and a right column list link block, which can be generated via either Custom Navigation or Auto-Navigation.


The act of placing content items within folders. A page can be nested within a folder, or a folder can be nested within a folder. Nesting is another way to describe the child/parent relationship of content items.

New MenuMore Information

The 'New' menu is located in the main menu bar. It is used to easily create new assets.

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PageMore Information

The Page is one of the core asset types in Cascade. It represents the grouping of several items together including content, template, blocks, and more. Pages are the grouping of these items that a user publishes out to display new web content. Essentially, your ‘page’ becomes a new web page.

Pages can represent many different types of content on a website. Pages can be frequently asked questions (FAQs), newsletters, press releases, employee profiles, news articles, simple content, and anything else you might find on online.

The system uses pages to dynamically create navigation link menus, site maps, and many other automated items.

Parent FolderMore Information

A folder that contains another folder or other content item, including pages, files, blocks, and navigation links. The content item inside a parent folder is known as a child asset.


Preview is a view in Cascade Server that enables the user to view a page as it will appear once it has been published. This is very useful in cases when a publish job is about to be performed, or a page edit was recently completed, and the user wishes to verify the absence of possible rendering issues. Once the preview is activated (this is done by clicking on 'Preview' in the action bar), the final version of the page will appear.

Production ServerMore Information

A Production Server is a web server that delivers what is often called the "live site." It is typically available to the entire web and houses the most recent version of its respective site.

PublishingMore Information

Cascade Server features a robust publishing engine designed to bake files out in the development environment, and synchronize those environments with one or more production servers. Assembled content is transformed into native XML files, standard HTML, and/or .NET files (.aspx). Upon the publishing of content, the information is completely decoupled from the CMS, allowing it to operate independently in any standard environment.

Publish Set

A publish set is a group of publishable assets that is to be published on-demand or on a schedule. They may contain files, folders, and/or pages.

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Recent Pages
Save as DraftMore Information

The Save As Draft feature allows multiple users to save drafts of assets that they are editing in order to return later to finalize changes. By allowing users to work on multiple assets at once, and permitting users to leave the editing interface without publishing, Save As Draft leads to increased efficiency and a decrease in the constant use of system resources. The ability to periodically save a draft of an edit in progress serves as a valuable safeguard against accidental loss of work due to a browser crash or an accidental click. And since the Save As Draft feature is beneficial system-wide, it’s enabled for all users and for all content types.

Search and Replace

Search and Replace allows users to quickly changes multiple assets at once. While searching within the CMS, Administrators may choose to replace certain content (words, phrases, etc.) with other content.

Site Index

A Site Index is a form of Dynamic Navigation represented by an alphabetical listing of all pages on a site.

Site Map

A Site Map is a type of Dynamic Navigation that is a comprehensive outline of all pages on the site. Site maps are typically ordered according to folder structure.


Sites are containers for organizing all Home and Administration area assets for a website. Site administrators can grant access to Site content for specific Users and Groups in Cascade Server. Users and Groups can also be assigned Site-specific Roles to grant or restrict their abilities on a particular Site. Users can switch Sites by using the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.

Spell Checker

The spell checker, much like the accessibility checker and the link checker, is invoked after a page edit is committed by clicking the 'Submit' button. If there are any words that the CMS deems suspect, the user is forwarded to a 'Spell Checker' page listing the errors sorted by the field on the page in which they occur. The Spell Checker checks and reports all words (content + metadata) that are not found in the system's dictionary.

SubfolderMore Information

The same thing as a child folder – a folder contained within another folder.

System NameMore Information

Text that identifies your content items in the Folder Directory and appears in the corresponding webpage’s URL (e.g.,

System PreferencesMore Information

System Preferences are accessible by Users who have the ability to edit system preferences, and are found under the My Settings tab.

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TemplateMore Information

A Template is a fundamental system entity that defines the HTML/XML structure of page asset in the CMS. Templates are essentially XHTML documents that contain standard HTML tags and CSS that create what is commonly referred to as the "look and feel" of a web page.

TitleMore Information

Text that appears in gray above your main content and to the right of left navigation, and below the Breadcrumbs. The title may be edited in Data Definition. (Edit Screen)


A user in Cascade Server is any individual who uses the content management system.

User ID (Username)

User ID is short for User Identification. A User ID is a unique, sequence of characters used to identify a user of Cascade Server. User IDs are used to authenticate the user upon login and for identifying the user for the purposes of logging, access, and resource management. Usernames are chosen upon user creation, and may consist of numbers, letters, and the underscore ( _ ).

VersionMore Information

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When creating web content (a page, file, image, etc.), a workflow is a series of ordered steps that the content must go through to be quality-checked, and either approved, modified, or disapproved by the appropriate user before being publish-ready.

WYSIWYG – More Information

WYSIWYG is an acronym for “What You See Is What You Get.” Cascade’s word processing functionality or content editor is referred to as the WYSIWYG editor because as its name implies, it allows you to see formatting while editing in your content in the word processor (much like Microsoft Word®).

The word processor, which is integrated in the CMS system, has the same functionality and features you are most likely accustomed to using in a standard editor. The functions available in the WYSIWYG are all available at the top of the editing content window (as with most word-processors).

Zip ArchiveMore Information

Cascade allows for multiple images or files to be uploaded at a single time via the Zip archive importer.

An archive is a file that contains other files packaged together. There are many formats that are used to package files in such a manner, the most widely known are probably the ZIP file format (cross-platform) and the Stuffit file format (Mac only).

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