Anatomy of a website
Your website is a collection of pages and folders. When you start a fresh site in Cascade you get a Base Folder that contains a few essentials:
- _configuration folder: This folder contains pages for configuring your site.
- header: Your site's header and Navigation Bar.
- footer: Your site's footer with custom links.
- social_media_accounts: Social Media accounts that you can display in the footer and in Profiles.
- analytics: If you have a Google Analytics account you can enter that here. By default your site is already connected to the University's global analytics account.
- images folder: Any image you upload to use on your site gets saved here by default.
- documents folder: Any document (e.g. PDF) you upload to use on your site gets saved here by default.
- index page: Your site's homepage.
To build your website you'll need to create additional Pages and Folders to house your content. Or just design a single page site—that's cool, too.
Don't rename, move or delete these essentials. If you do, your site could break.
Create a Page or Folder
- Select New > Page from the top menu in Cascade.
- Choose the Parent Folder where you want your Page to be saved. If you want it in the top level of your site, choose Base Folder.
- Enter the Title of your Page. The Title appears on your Page, in the Navigation Bar, and is used to create the filename (called "System Name" in Cascade) of your Page. Learn more about Titles
Choose Pages before Folders. A single page divided into clear, labeled sections is better than a folder full of pages. Sidebars and Topbars exist to help your users navigate sections on longer pages.
Folders appear as dropdown menus in your Navigation Bar displaying the Pages contained within them. You can also exclude folders from your Navigation Bar to use them for organization and storage in Cascade.
To create a Folder:
- Select New > Folder from the top menu in Cascade.
- Choose the Parent Folder where you want your Folder to be saved. If you want it in the top level of your site, choose Base Folder.
- Enter the Title of your Folder. The Title appears in the Navigation Bar and is used to create the filename (called "System Name" in Cascade) of your Folder. Learn more about Titles
- If you don't want your Folder included in your Navigation Bar, select No next to Include in Navigation Bar.
Every new Folder contains an index page. You can use index pages to embed a listed index in another page. Index pages are otherwise hidden on your site, so don't worry about editing them. The only index page you need to edit is the one directly under your Base Folder—that's your homepage.
If you create a Folder for storage purposes only (a sub-folder inside "documents" for example), you may safely delete its index page.
Upload a document, image or other file
It is important that you understand folder structure. Documents (.doc; .pdf ) must be added to the Documents folder before hyperlinks may be made to those files. Likewise, images (.jpg; .png; .gif) must be added to the Images folder before they may be inserted into a page. These files should NOT exist outside their respective folders.
How to add images
The filename (called the System Name in Cascade) of every Page or Folder is created automatically based on the Title you enter upon creation. That generated filename might be not be to your liking (could be a bit long), or maybe you just want to rename it at some point.
- Select the Page or Folder you want to rename.
- Choose the Move/Rename tab.
- Change the System Name to your desired filename. Leave out spaces and punctuation, and keep it short!
Titles and filenames are only synched once: when you first create the Page or Folder. Changing the Title of a Page or Folder after you've created it will not automatically change the filename.
Cascade automatically un-publishes moved/renamed assets (files, folders, images etc) .
Move and Organize
Move a Page or Folder to a different location within your site. Moving Pages and Folders will be automatically refelected in your Navigation Bar.
- Drag and drop the Page or Folder into its desired location within your site.
- Submit on the confirmation page.
- Select the Page you want to move.
- Choose the Move/Rename tab.
- Change the Parent Folder to your desired folder. If you want your Page to be in the top level of your site, choose Base Folder.