Websites: Cascade CMS - Getting Started

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Cascade CMS

Cascade is a content management system (CMS) used at the University of St. Thomas to build, update and maintain webpages on the university’s external facing websites. The university has three other CMSs in use: Unily for the OneStThomas intranet, T4 for older external pages and WordPress for blogs.

The Cascade URL is The Cascade CMS link is also available through the Apps and Tools Drawer of OneStThomas 

There are two looks-and-feels for pages built in Cascade: the Orion and Capricorn Templates. These templates determine at the site level the visuals and functionality of pages in the website.

Example of Orion Template:

Screenshot of College of Arts and Sciences Degrees and Programs pages in the Orion Template

Example of the Capricorn Template:

Screenshot of DFC About DFC page in the Capricorn Templat

If the page you are looking to edit looks different than the two above examples, the page is probably built using a different content management system like T4 or OneStThomas.

Learn More about Cascade

The Cascade User Guide is a valuable resource for content contributors post-training. The user guide includes the following information:

  • Navigating Cascade (including using and customizing your dashboard, getting around your site and components of a page)
  • Locking your page (why it's important to check-out/lock your page before you start editing)
  • Editing a page
  • Document and Images
    • Uploading
    • Naming
    • Versioning

The Images How-To and Best Practices is your guide to the intricacies of selecting, naming and uploading images.

  • Images are especially important as they help prospective imagine themselves at St. Thomas.
  • This document goes into more detail on:
    • Ensuring you use images we have copyright for
    • Cropping images based on the selected module
    • File optimization for the web (not over 200 kb)
    • Naming your file as per naming conventions
    • Uploading your file to the appropriate folder
    • Creating alt text for accessibility

Request Access to Cascade

If you don't already have access to Cascade or if you need access to additional pages, fill out the Websites Request for Service. Select "I would like to make a request" and "Access and Training".

To report a problem or receive additional troubleshooting, please contact the Tech Desk
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ITS partners with the MIC team to manage the university's websites including: Cascade, T4, OneStThomas, Wordpress blogs, and the asset bank photo database.