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Chris Siems
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PHP Developers

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Oct 20, 2011
Chris Siems left a comment for Chris Siems
"We evaluated T4, OmniUpdate, and HannonHill. T4 had cloud issues and wasn't available most of the time. OmniUpdate was promising, but it is push and pull technology. We thought that would be too much traffic. Also, I don't think OmniUpdate…"
Aug 11, 2011
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"Chris, I am new to uwebd and looking for insights into Cascade.  Our university has a home grown CMS and we are planning on replacing it.  Hannon Hill's Cascade is one of the products we are reviewing.  What features do like best…"
Aug 11, 2011
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Naked CSS Day

In the spirit of April Fool's Day Fun, April 9, 2011, is Naked CSS day, is anyone participating? It could be a fun way to introduce all the new browser versions. Show off your <body> on Naked CSS Day.
Mar 23, 2011
Chris Siems commented on DNI's group Cascade Server
"Hey Charlie, good to see a familiar face on yet another Cascade support forum. We're still ramping up 17 test sites (and counting) in Cascade 6.7.5 and getting ready to launch them. We're calling it project tidal wave."
Feb 24, 2011
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Feb 24, 2011
Chris Siems replied to Seth Meranda's discussion Google Analytics Workshop at HighEdWeb 2009
"The Texas A&M IT department has 10+ sites running Analytics. We're still comparing it to Awstats and NetTracker for ROI on campaigns. The university's Marketing and Communications department operates a Google Search Appliance;…"
Sep 22, 2009
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Aug 13, 2009
Chris Siems is now a member of University Web Developers
Jul 9, 2009

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Texas A&M University
Website:
http://it.tamu.edu
Personal Website:
http://teamsiems.com
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What CMS are you using?
Hannon Hill Cascade
What department or office are you in?
CIS
Primary Job Responsibility
Web site development.
Number of students at your institution
50,000

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At 5:30pm on August 11, 2011, Chris Siems said…

We evaluated T4, OmniUpdate, and HannonHill. T4 had cloud issues and wasn't available most of the time. OmniUpdate was promising, but it is push and pull technology. We thought that would be too much traffic. Also, I don't think OmniUpdate had a good, basic role system that integrated with our CAS authentication.

You should know I'm still learning Cascade 6.7.5.

It's XML/XSLT driven for a lot of functionality - like indexing assets. I didn't know XSLT before we started using Cascade, but I'm learning it. I like that users can globally share and reuse assets. That being said, the roles and permissions can be an issue at first; admins need to learn their abilities in the system as much as users need to find out their abilities. It took us about 2 months to find most of what we could do and what we couldn't do and what admins had to turn on for us.

Some of what I don't like is probably attributable to the built-in TinyMCE editor: it fixes HTML trying to make it valid; it alters some valid PHP making it invalid; most of the features of TinyMCE are off by default.

I'd recommend getting an evaluation licence and everyone starts as admins so you can see where links are and what things do. Then, when users are divided into roles and they loose some functionality, they know how to communicate to the admins as to what it was they lost. We did that plus we got the 3 day on-site training for users and admins.

Look at http://help.hannonhill.com/ and http://www.hannonhill.com/kb/

They also have some webinars on their main site http://www.hannonhill.com/products/demos/index.html

 

 

At 3:42pm on August 11, 2011, Joe Tannian said…

Chris,

I am new to uwebd and looking for insights into Cascade.  Our university has a home grown CMS and we are planning on replacing it.  Hannon Hill's Cascade is one of the products we are reviewing.  What features do like best that you find really useful and not on most other CMSs?  What are your least favorite things about the product?

Thanks,

Joe Tannian

 
 
 

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