What is an asset?

One of the challenges of learning a new software is learning its unique language and terms. Cascade is no different, but we hope to make it easier to understand by boiling it down to its essential components. Cascade makes frequent reference to "assets". 

An Asset is any component you use to create  your web pages. An asset can be a page, a file, folders, link items, images, blocks and so on. 

Your assets can can be found in two locations. The first is from your application's primary navigation bar in the New menu:

Asset menu listing

Site assets menu includes:

  • Blocks
    • FAQ block
    • Feature block
    • People Index block
    • Person block
    • RSS Feed block
    • Slideshow block
    • Text block
    • Video block
    • XHTML block
    • XHTML Raw block
  • File, Folders, and Links
    • File
    • Folder - not used by navigation
    • Folder - used by navigation
    • Link external - used by navigation
    • Link internal - used by navigation
  • Managers (restricted to managers, invisible to everyone else)
    • Code block
    • Jumpmenu block
    • Simple Form Builder block
    • Title Area Links block
  • Pages
    • People
      • People Index page
      • Person page
    • Flex page
    • Standard page
  • Site Assets (old and will be removed in the future)
    • External link - used by navigation
    • Flex page
    • Folder - not used by navigation
    • Folder - used by navigation
    • internal link - used by navigation
    • Standard page
    • Text block

The second location is from the Content Library. What you can access here depends upon what role you've been assigned in a given site. The Content Library is divided into two sections, one restricted to managers and one available to managers and publishers. The administrator folder is restricted because either only a manager has access to the areas where the blocks can be attached, or a knowledge of programming is required.

The sections contain the following blocks:

For administrators

  • Code block
  • Jump Menu
  • Simple Form Builder
  • Title Area Links block

For publishers

  • FAQ block
  • Feature block
  • RSS block
  • Slideshow block
  • Text block
  • Video block
  • XHTML raw block
  • XHTML block

Block Usage

It's important to note that different blocks only work in certain places on a page or in the Site configuration file. A usage matrix has been created to give you a quick-view of where each block type can be successfully attached.