Web content management

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The Cascade web content management system (CMS) allows for the easy addition and editing of content by many different authorized users of a web site. Some business benefits of web content management are:

  • Streamlined authoring process
  • Faster turnaround time for new pages and changes
  • Greater consistency
  • Improved site navigation
  • Increased site flexibility
  • Support for decentralized authoring
  • Increased security
  • Reduced duplication of information
  • Greater capacity for growth
  • Reduced site maintenance costs (time, resources)

Please note that website development and operational support are available as separate services and are not included in this service.

Who can use this service?

  • Departments

How do I request or access this service?

Contact the Computer Help Desk to request this service.

What is the cost for this service?

This service is free to units on campus. This includes:

  • Content management system site provisioning
  • Content management system administrator provisioning
  • Content management system maintenance and upgrades
  • User and role provisioning
  • Online self-guided training content
  • Virtual drop-in training sessions

When is this service available?

This system will be accessible to anyone with a primary NetLink ID from anywhere on the Internet via a compatible web browser. Users will be able to access the Cascade CMS through Online tools at any time provided it is not during scheduled maintenance or an unplanned outage.

Every effort will be made to attend to urgent matters in a timely way given the operations environment of the moment.

How do I get help with this service?

The following support is available for this service:

  • Content contributor online training: Online Cascade training for employees is available via Brightspace.
  • Virtual drop-in sessions: Weekly drop-in sessions hosted in Microsoft Teams are provided to users looking to solve specific issues or requesting specific assistance. These sessions allow users to work on their websites while receiving individual assistance. Advanced users and site administrators may ask more technical questions of Cascade developers. 
  • Site development: University Systems provides project-based services for the development of websites within the content management system. This support is available through the website development service.
  • Site administration: University Systems provides operational support for the administration of sites. This support is available through the website operational support service.

Contact the Computer Help Desk for additional support information and the University Web Coordinator if you are looking for contributor access to an operational website.

Web publishing and hosting options comparison

Personal web hosting

Connect
(SharePoint 2013)

Web content management (Cascade)

1GB of alotted personal web space is available to all faculty, staff, and students.  This web space can be used to host web pages, where owners can add and maintain content, as well as set permissions

Online platform used for document management, storage, communication and collaboration among teams

Cascade web content management system (CMS) is used for departmental websites and allows for the easy addition and editing of content by many different authorized users of a web site

Who can use it?

UVic students, faculty, staff and departments

UVic faculty, staff and departments

UVic faculty, staff and departments

Who administers it?

Self-managed

Managed by SharePoint site owner

Managed by department

How can you make changes to a site?

At UVic or off-campus through SFTP using a valid NetLink ID account

Through any online connection at UVic or off-campus using a valid NetLink ID account

Through any online connection at UVic or off-campus using a valid NetLink ID account

Publicly accessible?

Yes: content can be accessed through any online connection at UVic or off-campus

No: SharePoint site access can only be shared with UVic personnel having a valid NetLink ID account and appropriate SharePoint permissions

Yes: content can be accessed through any online connection at UVic or off-campus