You can build a UVic website without installing software or learning computer programming.

You'll work with an online tool called a content management system (CMS). The one we use at UVic is called Cascade.

Cascade lets you edit content and add photos like you would in a Microsoft Word document. You can also use Cascade to set up things like tabs, accordions and buttons.

You'll access Cascade through your web browser. If you've ever updated a blog using something like WordPress, you've used something similar.

Cascade upgrade

On Tuesday, August 21 University Systems upgraded the Cascade content management system from version 7 to version 8.

Cascade 8 has a new and improved interface. Additional drop-in sessions will be offered during the month of August for you to familiarize yourself with the new system. Please see the Cascade training calendar for drop in and training dates, times and locations.

The following video offers a sneak peak of the new interface and features:

Quick links

Starting a new website? Please  before registering for Cascade training.

You should attend the training session just before you start working on your website. Working in Cascade is not the first step in a new project.

You should also take our free workshops on writing for the web and photography for your website.

Content contributor classroom training

Everyone who will be adding or editing content to websites should attend classroom-based training. Both beginner and advanced sessions are offered.

You'll learn the basics of adding and editing content, uploading images and media, and publishing the content to the website. Email to register. Space is limited, so register early.

Classroom drop-in sessions

After you've taken the beginner content contributor training, you can attend weekly drop-in sessions as needed.

Drop in to ask technical questions or get one-one-one help making changes to your site. Sessions are every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please be sure to check the location before attending, as the sessions are sometimes moved to an alternate location.  Registration is not required.