What is the Cascade Content Management System (CMS)?

The term content management system, or CMS, will be used frequently in discussions about the updating of Chapman’s website. To fully understand what this is in terms of the Chapman website, let’s first define the general term:

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.


There are many type of content management systems in the digital world today. For example, WordPress, which we use for our blogging system, is a content management system. They have built a full backend system for individuals to post blogs and create websites without having to know actual coding.

Chapman University uses a content management system for the main website called Cascade. This system, like others, is just a backend system developed out to help you update your webpage. As seen below in the screenshots, there are a few areas that help you manage your pages, and make edits to the pages themselves.


This primary area shows you information like the site tree of the website (all the pages that exist), pages that you are working on (drafts/workflows), and pages locked in workflow for approval. It is essentially your command station for this CMS.

Cascade Dashboard Example

Edit Mode

Edit modes are the areas of the site that allow you to update your content. These areas will all follow the same behavior, which is closely related to a form. You will see different options based on the template you are using, but overall the edit screen will look like the screenshot below.

Cascade CMS edit mode example

Go to Getting Started: Cascade Content Management System