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Cascade Template Guidelines

Cascade ServerIf your area is using the new Cascade template, the subsequent guidelines must be followed  in order to maintain consistency and accessibility between all Tarleton web pages.  All colleges, divisions, and departments are required to use Cascade Server and the common template for their websites.

Font, Styles, Format

The only font type available for use for text on web pages is the one provided by Cascade, which is Arial.  You may add styles to your text from the available Styles drop-down menu or formats from the Format drop-down menu.  Bold, italic, alignments, indention, and bullets are also available in the Content editor.

Copying styles and fonts from another document into Cascade web pages is prohibited.  The best way to copy information from Word or other webpages into your Cascade pages is to copy and paste into Notepad first (under Accessories in the Start menu) and then copy from Notepad into your page.

All of your content (paragraphs) should be a default "Paragraph" format.  You may only use "Heading" formats on actual headings, not on large blocks of text or paragraphs.

Images

Homepage banners

Banners for homepages can be either a single image or a slideshow of images.  The banner will also have the department/organization name in Web Service's approved font/style.  These banners must be created by Web Services, but you may give us guidance as to what you would like the banners to look like or say.  If you are sending us images for the banner, make sure they are landscape style instead of portrait, and they must be at minimum 800 pixels wide.

Left Side-Bar Images

When Web Services creates a new template, a default set of images are placed in the side image area under the navigation.  You may keep this set of images, or choose to have a custom set of images.  To change these images, send the desired portrait-style (tall instead of wide) photos to a Web Services rep to be cropped, formatted, and placed in Cascade.

Posting Images on your Pages

You may not use images that are copyrighted.  If you have taken the photos yourself, be sure the person(s) in the photos are aware that you will be posting the images on the web.  Photos taken at public events are usually okay, just be sure that the images are truly representative of Tarleton State University.

If you want to add an image or two to your site, you will first need to upload the image to Cascade.  Before you do so, make sure your image(s) have been sized down to a reasonable size (maximum 500 pixels wide).  You can use a number of programs to perform this task, such as Microsoft Paint, Photoshop Online, or Faststone Photo Resizer. Once the image is sized down and uploaded to Cascade, you can post the image anywhere that makes sense.  You will be required to enter information for the "alternative text", which should just be a short description of the photo.

Image hosting, galleries, and slideshows

For posting many images at a time, linking to galleries, or posting small slideshows on your pages, we recommend using Photobucket.  You can get a free account and upload all your images, then link to or embed them in your website.  You can even create and embed slideshows.  For assistance with setting up a free Photobucket account, just contact a Web Services rep.

Web Pages and Content

  • When creating pages inside Cascade, please do not include any spaces in the file name (system name.)  This can lead to problems such as system errors and unattractive web addresses.  If you need to, use hyphenation between words in the name.
  • You may create additional "boxes" on a page by highlighting a line of text and selecting "Heading 3" from the formats menu.
  • Please be sure that the contact information listed in the left side of the footer is correct at all times.
  • Use small paragraphs and limited text on your pages for readability purposes.  Sprinkling photos within your text is definitely a nice touch.
  • Do not use "tables" in your content area unless you are displaying tabular data, such as results.  Tables should not be used for general content layout.