Cascade Server: The Right Tool for Higher Education Web Content Management
September 04, 2014

Cascade Server: The Right Tool for Higher Education Web Content Management

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Standard Installed

Modules Used

  • 7.0

Overall Satisfaction with Cascade Server

We use Cascade Server 7 to develop the College of Liberal Arts’ website. Each department’s web designer develops and services their site independently but reports to the IT manager. I serviced the Department of Learning Design and Technology last year. I used Cascade to display information about programs, faculty, academic groups, department's activities, and to make documentation accessible for prospective and current students and faculty.
  • Stable (server never went down on me).
  • Their online documentation makes it easier to solve (daily) issues you may face.
  • Does not have a steep learning curve. You only need some hours of hands-on instruction.
  • The WYSIWYG can be improved. Extremely basic for widely used CMS
  • Image editing can be improved. Pictures need to be uploaded as you want them to see. Cropping or size reduction are not handy.
  • The HTML editor can be improved. The HTML editor is simpler than Microsoft Wordpad. Taking into consideration that front end users just edit the pages, you need to have an intermediate-to-advance command of HTML
  • Increased employee efficiency. Multiple web designer spent less time designing and developing pages as blocks and templates can be replicated and used as needed.
  • Full control of web content, but allowing multiple editors as needed.
  • Less time needed for front end user training
Cascade was the College of Liberal Arts and the department's choice. I was a front-end user and web content developer. I know Cascade is widely used at the College and at other colleges and departments, but I do not know the reasons they selected Cascade.
You do not need to install plugins as Cascade Server already comes with the basic functionality required for displaying web content. I think that every project is different and requires different tools. Cascade Server has been a good tool for the work we had at hand.
From a front user perspective, Cascade Server is easy to use as long as the templates are carefully developed. I know that other departments and universities use it. I think that Cascade Server is best for displaying information. Also, Cascade Server can be a more appropriate tool when multiple users need to update the same documents and pages.