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See an overview of the newest CMS changes and features.

Change Log

Changes implemented by WTS in CMS Templates version 5 and features released for Cascade CMS by Hannon Hill are documented below — they are searchable, listed chronologically, and can be sorted by Category.

Category Key

  • Accessibility: updates that improve accessibility
  • CMS Upgrade: Cascade changes by Hannon Hill
  • CMS UX: changes to reviewing and editing in the CMS
  • Design: color options, and other visual enhancements
  • User UX: end user improvements

CMS Updates

Year Month Category What We Updated Description
2024 March Design Modules

Added navy overlay option for text block custom image. Added new color and transparency options for callout content callout boxes.

2023 December Design Page Template

Added dark blue gradient overlay option and removed indent on headline break for the intro banner on Article Template.

2023 November Design Page Template

Added an additional button color (dark blue) to Homepage template.

2023 October Design Tiles with Links Module

New module: Tiles with Links

2023 October Design Brand Update

Updated left navigation style. Updated default drawer template styling.

2023 September Design Brand Update

Updated profile templates, including a default image if none is chosen. New social media icons including three size options. Updated design of div class messages and alerts.

2023 May Design Hero

New Hero option to add a shaded box or gradient on uploaded images so text stands out better.

2023 May Design Text Block Module

Added new options for the background of the Text Block Module, including the ability to upload an image.

2023 May Design Brand Update

New font and default images for hero images and modules, bringing CMS sites in line with the campus brand. New features and design elements that have now been rolled out to all standard V5 CMS websites, including Blink and TritonLink.

2023 February CMS UX News Module

New option for News with Images module. Select 'Automated News Feed' to display 3 most recent articles depending on the News Feed Categories selected.

2023 January CMS UX Google Analytics

Google Analytics (GA4) has replaced Universal Analytics as Google's default program for digital analytics.

Universal Analytics (UA) will stop collecting new data on July 1, 2023.

2022 August CMS Upgrade Cascade version 8.20

Main changes: Edit preview, section preview, publish later, file chooser improvements and starred assets.

2022 June Design Page Template

Standardized image size across profile templates. Added option for a grid layout to the profile listing template.

2022 January CMS UX Page Template

Advanced Options section added. Contains Alternate Logo and Navigation options and any template-specific advanced options.

2022 January Design Page Template

Article template now has Intro Banner under Advanced Options.

2021 August Design Page Template

Profile listing page template, lighter gray background to match other module backgrounds.

2021 August Accessibility Hero Rotator Links

Descriptive tags have been added to links and pre-canned trident images on the back end so that users will have a clearer idea of where they are on the page.

Previously, rotator items and images were listed as links without any context and locked the user into the list of links.

2021 August Accessibility Breadcrumb Links

Descriptive tags have been added to breadcrumbs links on the back end so that users will have a clearer idea of where they are on the page, e.g. the final breadcrumb tells user 'Current Page.'

Previously, breadcrumbs were listed as links floating between head and body without any context.

2021 August User UX Navigation Links

Top of left-hand navigation box now links to the homepage for that section or folder.

Previously, we needed to use the breadcrumb links to go up a level.

2021 August User UX, Accessibility  Hyperlink Style

All links will display underlined text even when cursors are not hovering over them.

Previously, links displayed only as blue text.

2021 August User UX Tables

Use 'id="datatable-ns"' to create a table that doesn't sort automatically.

2021 July Accessibility Page Template

Drawer template now announces if a particular drawer is expanded or collapsed. 

Expand and Collapse All, updates all drawers according to the selected state.

2021 July Accessibility Format

Links are now underlined by default for CMS template main content area.

2021 July Accessibility Homepage Hero Template

Homepage Hero has better play/pause control and dynamic aria labels.

2021 July Accessibility Homepage Hero Template Homepage Hero keyboard navigation flow improvements.
2021 July CMS UX CMS Template

The left navigation parent container title is now linked to its container index page. 

Parent folder is clickable (previously user had to click on breadcrumbs to navigate out of the folder).

2021 June Accessibility Calendar Template

Previous and Next month buttons used to read as "button" using a screen reader. 

They now have an aria-label that describes them.

2021 May User UX, Design Buttons

Module and content buttons have been modified so they can wrap in to a second line when viewing pages in smaller screens.

2021 May Accessibility CMS Settings
(Edit mode)

Element highlight/outline on keyboard focus is restored to browser default.

2021 May CMS UX CMS Settings

Asset Naming Rules were enabled for folders and pages

This enforces the standard asset naming convention, all lowercase, hyphens instead of spaces.

2021 May CMS UX CMS Settings
(Edit mode)

The option to select WYSIWYG or Shared Block is a radio button and will display one selected option. 

Previously, if unselected WYSIWYG content did not appear.

2021 February CMS UX, Design CMS Settings, Drawer Page Template

Drawer Style Options, option to select Dark or Light for drawer styling.

Options are either narrower navy blue with triangle to open or wider light gray drawers with plus/minus to open.

2019 January CMS Upgrade Cascade version 8.11 Main changes: preview draft, publish to stage, and absolute dates on modified assets. See Hannon Hill's release notes.