Hannon Hill Releases Cascade Server 7.0

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Hannon Hill Corporation, creator of the premier enterprise content management system (CMS) for Higher Education, has released Cascade Server 7.0. The newest version of its CMS software introduces a record number of major new features designed to further empower content contributors and simplify technical processes in the software.

We could have easily split this into multiple releases. The impressive variety of features demonstrates our dedication to emerging trends in content management and content marketing and to our customer-driven product roadmap.

Hannon Hill Corporation, creator of the premier enterprise content management system (CMS) for Higher Education, has released Cascade Server 7.0. The newest version of its CMS software introduces a record number of major new features designed to further empower content contributors and simplify technical processes in the software.

Among other new features and improvements, this version introduces Site Clone, a feature that allows sites to be copied in their entirety in order to streamline the process of creating new sites; Modules, a strategic new initiative to offer more components that end users without technical expertise can easily set up to generate dynamic content; and a Spectate Connector, which allows users to access forms built in Spectate and insert them into pages in Cascade Server via a button in the WYSIWYG editor toolbar.

Site Clone allows users to copy all of the content of entire sites, including navigation and administration assets. Links contained within assets of a site will be re-aligned in the site copy to point to the corresponding assets within the copied site. These and other improvements to the existing site copy functionality will make it easier for customers to create new sites from existing template sites.

“Site Clone is going to be a game changer for templating out entire Sites,” said Charlie Holder, Sales Engineer for Cascade Server. “Bringing new departments and organizations into Cascade will be as simple as starting the copy routine.”

The introduction of modules represents a strategic shift in how end users create content for their websites. Starting in Cascade Server 7.0, end users will be able create dynamic content feeds and other modular components that would have historically required more technical expertise to create. Hannon Hill’s module strategy was created in order to provide more out-of-the-box functionality to end users for organizations with limited IT resources, while still allowing full customization of site features and maximum flexibility.

The first module that is being added to Cascade Server is a Twitter feed. It allows users to insert a feed of Twitter comments into any region of a page on their website, and it can be customized to pull in any combination of tweets and mentions for a specific account or use a general search query. Hannon Hill plans to introduce a range of other modules in future versions of Cascade Server.

The Spectate forms connector is the first official bridge between Cascade Server CMS and Spectate Content Marketing Software. By offering a connector, users will have access to a much more user-friendly form builder and have the capability to insert forms directly into pages in Cascade Server using a new button on the WYSIWYG toolbar.

“This connector brings in Spectate’s extremely elegant and easy-to-use form-building tool,” said Holly Wright, Marketing Manager at Hannon Hill. “We see content marketing as the pivotal reason that many of our clients purchase a CMS, and our content marketing resources are a big part of why many organizations choose Cascade Server. This is just the first of many content marketing tools that we plan to integrate into Cascade Server from Spectate.”

Hannon Hill also added improvements to the index block rendering cache, which significantly shorten page load time within Cascade Server.

Lead Software Engineer Mike Strauch stated, “I’m really excited about the rendering speed improvements we've been able to achieve with the new caching framework. It's not as flashy as some of the other features in 7.0, but from a user experience perspective it's huge. Once the cache has been filled, it will only take a fraction of the time it previously took for pages to load.”

Other noteworthy features include extended support for HTML5, automatic unpublishing of assets upon moving or renaming them, site import/export, database export, inline regions, and an improved asset chooser with search capability. Site import/export allows entire sites to be exported from one instance of Cascade Server and imported into another instance in order to move sites into and out of test or development instances of the software. Database export allows the entire system to be exported in order to help speed up support requests. Inline regions allow non-technical users to apply blocks to pages and page types from the page edit screen. The improved asset chooser includes a new dropdown menu with historical items and search results and appears as an inline overlay rather than a pop-up window.

Hannon Hill CEO, Kat Liendgens commented, “Cascade Server 7.0 contains so many features that we could have easily split it into multiple releases. The impressive variety of features demonstrates our dedication to emerging trends in content management and content marketing and to our customer-driven product roadmap. Cascade Server 7.0 is, without a doubt, our strongest release so far, and I couldn't be more proud of our team and of our vibrant Cascade community."

Hannon Hill’s customers have been notified of the release and can download and install the new version by visiting the Downloads page online. Hannon Hill is also For more information, please see the Cascade Server 7.0 Release Notes, sign up for the June 5th Cascade Server 7.0 Feature Release Webinar, or visit HannonHill.com.

About the Company
Located in Atlanta, GA, Hannon Hill is the creator of Cascade Server, the premier enterprise content management system for higher education. Designed with colleges and universities in mind, Cascade Server gives higher education, government, technology, healthcare and nonprofit organizations the freedom to manage their web presence with ease and cutting edge technology. It is engineered for any network environment, provides a content contributor-friendly interface, and provides deployment flexibility, robust multi-site management and a fast implementation.

Since its founding in 2001, Hannon Hill solutions have been utilized and trusted by over 180 higher education organizations including Emory University, The College of William and Mary, Northwestern University, University of Saskatchewan, and Texas A&M University, among many others. For more information about Hannon Hill and its products, please visit HannonHill.com or contact the company directly at 800-407-3540.

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