CMS Guide

About the Templates

Cascade CMS uses templates to simplify the web-editing process, allowing users to concentrate on content without worrying about design. The current standard university templates are known as the responsive templates.

First and foremost, the responsive templates are mobile friendly, using responsive design to create a seamless and attractive user experience across all devices (mobile, desktop, tablet).

The responsive templates are also accessible to visitors with disabilities. The university is committed to providing universal access to official pages on our website through compliance with Section 508 and WCAG guidelines.

The responsive templates also offer:

  • a modern design
  • larger fonts
  • better social media integration
  • better multimedia integration
  • a content-focused approach that shows our core audiences the university's best qualities
  • improvements for search engine optimization

Much of what you see on a template page is either built-in or configured for your site upon setup; specifically: the Brandeis University banner and hamburger navigation (icon at the top-right of the page with three horizontal lines — clicking or tapping it reveals additional navigation), site banner, search box and footer.

On your site(s), web editors are responsible for maintaining:

  • main content area
  • content below main
  • sidebar
  • left navigation

Degree Pages on Academic Websites

Within every academic website is a landing page for each degree program.

Degree landing pages consistently receive a high volume of our website traffic. In fact, sometimes landing pages are the only part of an academic website that prospective students visit.

Therefore, it is important that landing pages are kept up-to-date. Updates to these pages can be coordinated with Digital Communications. Learn more about academic websites and landing pages.