Web CMS Service

What is a Web Content Management System (Web CMS)?

CONTACT

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Jessica Hayes

Web Support Analyst
Information and Educational Technology, Web CMS Service
260 Cousteau Place
Suite 110
Davis CA 95618, USA

Phone: +1 530-752-2144
Cascade support and questions: cmshelp@ucdavis.edu
Work email: jlhayes@ucdavis.edu 
Website: http://cms.ucdavis.edu

Office hours:  M-F 7:30am to 4pm

CMS Logo Generally, a Web Content Management System (Web CMS) is an application that stores and organizes Web content, as well as information about how the content can be used and presented. A Web CMS allows users with little technical knowledge to create and manage Web content with relative ease. This reduces the costs of creating and maintaining websites and frees highly trained staff for other technical work more appropriate for them.

Why Cascade Server?

cascade logo In 2007, following a comprehensive product evaluation, a group of representatives from across the university selected Cascade Server, a Web CMS produced by Hannon Hill, as the best product to meet the goals of the service. The product meets all the highest-priority requirements established at the outset of the selection process. Hannon Hill’s primary market segment is higher education. Current UC Cascade Server clients include UC Davis, UC Davis School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, UC Irvine, UC Office

Online Training

lms logoThe LMS stands for Learning Management System. The UC Learning Center provides many online training classes including two ecourses for Cascade Web CMS service: Basic training Part 1 and Basic Training Part 2.  To take these online ecourses follow these instructions:

  1. Point your browser to: http://lms.ucdavis.edu 
  2. The logon webpage appears.
  3. For the Username enter your Campus username (not your department username)
  4. For the Passphrase enter your Campus passphrase (not your department password)
  5. The "Welcome to the UC Learning Center" webpage appears.
  6. Click the Search icon at the top right corner of the webpage and search for "web cms service".
  7. The system will show two results as shown below:

Cascade Web CMS Service: Basic Training Part 1

Web CMS Service – Basic Training—Part 1 Introduction to using Cascade Server, the web-based application used by the Web CMS Service for use by administrative and academic business offices. The course covers: • Application orientation A description of roles and their abilities How to create, modify, copy, rename, and delete pages Upload and use images and files The block model system and how to create and attach blocks to pages Folders and navigation Internal and external link assets Version save points Publishing Access to Cascade is contingent on completion of parts 1 and 2. If you would like to have a hands-on experience, you can request a guest ID and password giving you access to the CMS Training Server environment from Jessica Hayes at jlhayes@ucdavis.edu. Part 1 video length – 1:59:34. eCourse DAC-WEB-CMS-PT1

Cascade Web CMS Service: Basic Training Part 2

Web CMS Service – Basic Training Part 2 – Introduction to using Cascade Server, the web-based application used by the Web CMS Service for use by administrative and academic business offices. The course covers: • Application orientation • A description of roles and their abilities• How to create, modify, copy, rename, and delete pages • Upload and use images and files • The block model system and how to create and attach blocks to pages • Folders and navigation • Internal and external link assets • Version save points • Publishing Access to Cascade is contingent on completion of parts 1 and 2. If you would like to have a hands-on experience, you can request a guest ID and password giving you access to the CMS Training Server environment from Jessica Hayes at jlhayes@ucdavis.edu. Part 2 video length – 27:43 minutes. eCourse DAC-WEB-CMS-PT2

Take both eCourses.

For more information please visit the the Cascade training site at:

http://cms.ucdavis.edu/training/lms-training.html


Lessons

Four simple lessons on how to upload files, edit webpages, insert images, and insert links to external or internal webpags and PDF files. These instructions are written for our goats barn website, but are applicable to all other websites.

Beginner

  1. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 1 - Edit a webpage.pdf
  2. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 2 - Upload images and pdf files.pdf
  3. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 3 - Insert an image.pdf
  4. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 4 - Insert a link.pdf

Advanced

  1. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 1b - Edit a webpage - Other Components.pdf
  2. Instructions - Cascade - Lesson 1c - Edit a webpage - Slideshow.pdf