Web Content Management System

Web Content Management Systems allow nearly anyone to edit web pages as easily as they can edit other documents. WCMS is the next generation of tools for empowering distributed management of web site information. Unlike desktop software suites like Dreamweaver and Contribute, these systems are centrally run and provided—there is no computer setup necessary to begin using these systems and no software versions or upgrades to worry about. For the end user, they run entirely within the web browser and provide an intuitive interface for finding, editing, and publishing web pages.

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Latest Announcements:

January 21, 2014 - Cascade Server 7.8 Upgrade

We upgraded Cascade production server from version 7.6 to version 7.8.1 with two patches after testing it successfully on our test server. Let us know if you encounter any issues or have any questions about this version by sending us an email at webcomm-support@northwestern.edu.  

Hannon Hill resolved some of the issues from Hannon Hill JIRA and included some of the best ideas from their ideas exchange forum.  One of the most talked about feature in this upgrade is the extension of relationships to more asset types including page types, files and folders.  Users can also publish the referring assets directly from the Relationships tab. They also made noticeable changes in the user interface and in the way users interact with assets.

To see a detailed list of changes, go to Cascade 7.8 release notes.

August 31, 2013 - Cascade Server 7.6 Upgrade

Web Comm completed the production upgrade to Cascade 7.6 without incident on August 31st, 2013. Here are the release notes from Hannon Hill including changes since our last upgrade:

March 21, 2013 - Cascade Server 7.2.1 Upgrade

Northwestern's Cascade Server web content management system will be upgraded to version 7.2.1 on March 23. In addition to performance improvements, the new release includes features for content managers, such as updates to the WYSIWYG editor, page drafts, and asset moving and renaming. Please review the WCMS Cascade 7.2.1 Upgrade Notes document for more details on these changes. As always, if you encounter any unusual issues, please let your web content management support person or web developer team know.

Go to the announcements page to read more about the upgrades