Free Workshops

Hannon Hill provides comprehensive training programs for both technical and non-technical users of Cascade CMS. In addition to our dedicated paid training options, we periodically provide free training to administrators and developers.

The date for our next free quarterly workshop is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT.

After requesting a seat, you will receive additional information including a ink to the meeting and the URL to your own workshop site.


  • For 2021, workshops will be held on January 12, April 13, July 13, and October 12. (Dates are subject to change.) All sessions run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Workshop Agenda

Topics for the workshop include:

  • Build a Template from a raw HTML file. Templates are documents that provide the structure of Page assets.
  • Create a Configuration. Configurations are used to display Page content.
  • Select a Metadata Set. Metadata represents a collection of fields used to describe content (ex: Description, Keywords). It can also be used as Page content (ex: Title).
  • Design a Data Definition. Data Definitions are a collection of fields used in the creation and editing of Page and Block content. There are 15 types to chose from (ex: rich-text, drop-down, asset choosers).
  • Aggregate the preceding assets into a Content Type (aka Page Type). Content Types combine the look and feel of a Page (Template + Configuration) with the editable content fields of a Page (Metadata + Data Definitions) so that non-technical users can easily create and edit content.
  • Setup an Asset Factory. Asset Factories allow users to create new Pages/assets with certain settings, designs, templates, and/or configurations already in place.


The workshop is oriented toward web developers and system administrators; it is not designed for end users. While no previous knowledge of Cascade CMS is required, participants should have the following:

  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Access to and basic familiarity with a text editor


Fifteen participants are allowed, with no more than two people per organization per session. Limiting the number of participants facilitates communication with the trainer (vocally or via chat).

  • Workshop rosters will close roughly a week before the workshop. However, be aware that the rosters may fill up well before then.
  • We maintain a rotating wait-list for individuals who do not make the cut-off date. Wait-listed individuals have priority for the next workshop.
  • Sessions will be conducted remotely using video-conferencing software.
  • There will be a fifteen-minute Q&A before training begins to help with login and answer questions.
  • All workshop sessions will be recorded and a link to the recording will be provided within a few days.
  • Participants are asked not to leave and re-join the workshop, if at all possible, as each step builds on the previous one.


Can we modify the workshop for our organization?

Custom training can always be arranged, if desired. The free workshop format does not lend itself to customization.

Can we sign-up more than two people for the workshop?

We kindly request that only one person per organization sign up at a time. Hannon Hill wants to train as many organizations as possible each quarter. Additional users can sign up for a subsequent workshop.

Can we share computers during a workshop (e.g., in a central room)?

Hannon Hill does not recommend this as it is our belief is that people learn best by doing. Each registered participant gets their own workshop site; additional observers will not.

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