Basic Template: Block Grid

A Block Grid layout presents content as individual boxes of information.  Each box can contains an image, a header, descriptive content and a url.

Any webpage requiring the use of a Block Grid should at minimum use:

  • Text Editor Component (or Text Editor with Of Note)
    • should contain title (heading 1)
    • should contain an introduction to the Block Grid
  • Block Grid Component
    • contains section description
      • can contain a header and paragraph
    • each block grid item contains
      • image
      • url
      • link text
      • caption

note: Multiple sets of Block Grids can be created using a single Block Grids Component.

Example Pages using the Block Grid Component

  • using 2 rows
    • first row: Text Editor — contains Page Title and opening description
    • second row: Block Grid — Section description (block grid title and paragraph) and items/blocks (image, title, description, link text)
  • using 2 rows
    • first row: Text Editor with Of Note
      • contains Page Title and description
      • of note content included in right column with contact information
    • second row: Block Grid
      • image
      • url
      • link text
      • caption


Editing a Page Using the Block Grid Component

  • Click Add Content from the left side of the top bar in Cascade.
    Add Content
  • A dropdown will appear, allowing you to choose what type of content you want to add to your website
    • Select New Page
  • The Page Name is part of the url
    • use all small letters
    • don’t have any spaces
    • you can use underscore (_) or dash (-)
  • In this example the name of the page is “stafflist”
  • In this example the URL will be :
  • Editing Metadata:
    There are two main fields in the metadata that you should edit

    • Display name: what shows up in the navigation bar, if indexed
      • in this example we put Staff List — that will show up in the navigation
    • Title: browser tab name, default book mark name, very good for searchability
      • in this example we put Staff List (the Information Technology Service was already there — you should leave your department name in the title field)
  • add your content to the Component section
    • Select the Text Editor radio button
      • Put a Title on the page using Header 1 formatting
      • include an introductory paragraph(s)
    • Use the green plus sign to add a new Row
      • use a new row to add a new component to the page (in this example we will add a Block Grid component)
    • Select the Block Grid radio button
      • use the Section description to give the Block Grid a title and description (optional)
      • each Item is a block
        • thumbnail
        • url (internal or external)
        • link text
        • caption
        • use the green arrow on the Item to add block
    • If another section of Block Grids is needed :
      • use the green plus sign on  Section to add
      • for each new section include the section description field
      • add blocks to the section using the green plus sign next to Item
  • when your edits are done
    • Press the Preview Draft button
    • if the draft looks good in Cascade
    • press the Submit button to save your changes to the database.