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About the WCMS

Web Content Management Systems (WCMS) greatly improve the way that websites are created, updated and maintained. Northwestern University's Global Marketing and Communications web team maintains the Cascade CMS. This platform:

Who is involved right now?

There are currently over 600 sites and 2000 users in the system.

How can I be involved?

There are two ways to use the Northwestern University WCMS:

  1. Through a site redesign/project initiation with Global Marketing and Communications
  2. Through service-level usage (where your developers or consultants are working within the system to build your site)

How much does it cost?

Global Marketing and Communications provides central funding for Cascade licensing and support, providing the service free of charge to Northwestern units.

Community Response

Here are some comments that contributors have left on our evaluation survey.

"The system is flexible, user friendly, and takes the guesswork out of publishing. I like how easy it is to create links within pages and make edits. The more you work in the system, the easier things become."

"Great tool to work with. Great support from WebComm."

"This system is very intuitive and with just a small amount of customization to creating an effective workflow for our inter-departmental work, our contributors have grasped working within the environment very quickly."

"The workflow option is essential in establishing business process and accountability for compliancy with our Web site guidelines."

"How logical Cascade's menu / folder system is and how easy it is to edit and publish. And what great support WebComm provides; no consultant for hire could match."

"Compared to other systems that I've used, Cascade is a dream. It's very responsive, user-friendly and reliable."

"Cascade has greatly simplified the publication of our online version of the magazine. It has saved us time and money. We love it."

More questions? Please visit our contact page to send us a message or request a meeting.