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Cascade Server Content Management System | Michigan State University

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Creating a professional MSU website just got easier

Academic and administrative MSU web publishers now have access to a web-based tool that makes creating and maintaining an information rich website easier.

What is Cascade Server?

Cascade Server is an enterprise-level web content management system that improves site usability, provides easier and less costly maintenance of websites for university units, and assists with brand integration for Michigan State University websites. Read more to learn about Cascade's features and functionality.

How to begin using Cascade Server

  • Contact the MSU Web Team to use Cascade Server.
    Email: Michele.Lemon@cabs.msu.edu
    Telephone: (517) 884-6830
  • Meet with the MSU Web Team to review CMS basics and options for using Cascade Server.
  • Choose one of the three options for using Cascade Server.
  • Provide the MSU Web Team with login information for accessing your web hosting environment used to host your website.
  • Attend training sessions that provide instruction for how to access the CMS, manage content, and administer user accounts/system access.
  • Load content, pages, and media into the CMS that will be included in your website.
  • Provide resources for ongoing content maintenance.

Costs for using Cascade Server

Account setup and CMS storage space for up to 20GB of content are provided at no cost and are subsidized by the MSU Web Team.

To use Cascade Server you must register any domain names you intend to use for your website and provide web hosting, and funding for training courses your staff will attend to learn how to use the CMS.

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Start Using Cascade Server

Request access to Cascade Server or get more information about creating a Cascade website by contacting Web and Social Media, Communications and Brand Strategy (CABS):
Email: Michele.Lemon@cabs.msu.edu
Telephone: (517) 884-6830

Cascade Server Issue in IE11

IE11 users are reporting issues during content editing when attempting to create hyperlinks with the WYSIWYG chain link icon. The issue is the result of recent changes to TinyMCE (an open source tool that Cascade uses for its WYSIWYG content editor). Internet Explorer versions prior to IE11 should not be affected.

Hannon Hill is aware of the issue and is working on a solution. In the meantime, earlier versions of IE or alternate browsers can be used to edit content in Cascade – Chrome and Firefox users have not reported issues.

If you have questions or wish to report related issues, contact Web and Social Media, Communications and Brand Strategy (CABS):
Email: Michele.Lemon@cabs.msu.edu
Telephone: (517) 884-6830

Enroll in Cascade Server Training

Visit the Technology Training Registration & Payment page on tech.msu.edu. Once you have logged in to the EBS Portal, Cascade Server training courses may be located in the Course Catalog or by using the Find keyword search with the term 'cascade'. For assistance with registering student employees for Cascade Server training courses, please call (517) 884-3000 or contact IT Services Technology Training.