What good is a CMS to an organization if it cannot do multiple sites? Having multiple sites is crucial because organizations tend to have multiple roles, groups, and each division within them wants to convey different messages to their respective target audiences. That's when Cascade Server CMS does not disappoint.
I have seen this CMS grow from 5 sites to over a 100 in a span of a year with some sites having thousands of pages and each site having their own look and feel. It's templating engine is very flexible that if you choose to make each site conform to a standard, you can also inherit headers and footers from a common site instead, saving you lots of effort when launching different sites with a similar user interface.
Besides the reasons above, here are top 10 reasons why you should take Cascade Server CMS for a spin...
1. Distributed Web Server Publishing
One of the strongest selling point of Cascade Server is that it is a “push-based” CMS where it can publish files to web servers so that the actual CMS itself does not have to deal with live user traffic. This way, you can easily scale to having the CMS publish to multiple web servers so you can handle large website traffic easily. When it publishes to different servers, you can set if to use FTP, SFTP, or even publish to a database (useful for applications that may consume that data)
If you decide that you want to have a dynamic website, you can publish templates in PHP, ASP, or whatever server-side scripting language suits your team and/or infrastructure
2. Flexible Roles with Group and User Assignments
How often do we go to an educational, government, corporation, or any large entity and have been confused by the organizational structure? Well, in this case, there is no need to worry because you can customize each role and properly assign them to a group of people (group assignment is best vs individual assignment... always assign a single individual to a group at least for best practices). This way, you know that each person assigned to a group can only perform specific functions that they are allowed on any folder/page type or administrative interface.
3. Audit Trail
The bigger the organization, the harder it is to keep track of who did what.. Thank goodness, you can always check who last updated the file you were working on, and if by some chance, you want to revert the page back to an earlier date, it is possible to do that.
So you want the editor to always check the pages before it is published? No problem, just use a workflow for your pages! You can also include back and forth revisions until the final approver is satisfied before any page is published.
5. Web Services API
If doing repetitive tasks like provisioning users, creating consistent site structure, etc is not your thing. You can ask your development team to write an application that accesses the web services api of your CMS so those are automatically done for you and you can spend your time improving SEO or writing amazing articles!
6. Flexible Content Types or Page Formats
The web is constantly changing in terms of what are popular formats to use. Luckily, you can leverage the flexibility of buiding content types in Cascade where you can output formats like HTML, PDF, DOCX, and even a mobile version of the page... Even simultaneous if you choose to, in one press of the publish button.
7. Multiple Languages
With the increase usage of the web worldwide, you need to start publishing in multiple languages. A great way to do this is by using the workflows that facilitate language translations automatically for your editorial group.
8. User Interface and Dashboard Messaging
Cascade Server has one of the nicest user interface (UI) I've seen in a CMS for content editors. I should know... During our stint of having another 'enterprise' CMS, the writers almost revolted because the editing screens just wasn't intuitive and caused much angst in their daily job.
Another nice thing about the Cascade Server UI is the built-in dashboard messaging system. Sometimes your email can get bogged down by random issues that do not pertain to your web editorial team, and it's refreshing to send messages to various groups and team members directly within the dashboard, so you no longer have to fish for important CMS-related tasks in your overflowing inbox.
9. Very 'Social'
If you want to see how popular your web pages are, it can be integrated to “google analytics” so you can see how popular your pages are within the CMS. It also has “twitter connectors” that can update your status whenever you've published a new press release.
10. Support and Licensing
It has a very flexible licensing. If you want to have multiple installations for development, qa, staging, production servers, you can easily negotiate your licensing fee.
With the license, your team can contact Hannon Hill's support team for help in evaluating your needs based on your infrastructure. During times when I emailed their support team, I have had speedy responses and problems have been resolved easily.