Cascade CMS Training

Request Casacade CMS Training

We provide comprehensive training programs for both technical users and end users of the system. Here are some of your options.

This two day hands-on training covers everything you need to know to integrate your sites into Cascade CMS and provide system administration.

The number of participants in these trainings does not affect the price. However, we recommend keeping the number of attendees to less than 15 to ensure the best possible interaction with the trainer.

Target audience: Cascade Administrators or anyone responsible for integrating and maintaining sites in Cascade CMS. Please note that the workshop is not intended for end users.

Topics for the two-day training include, but are not limited to:
  • Cascade CMS Technical Basics
  • Creating Sites
  • Configuration Sets & Content Types
  • Metadata & Structured Data
  • Introduction to XML & Formats
  • Advanced Formats
  • Publishing
  • Introduction to Web Services
  • User Management
Choose the format that works best for you:
  • Onsite: We’ll bring the training to you
  • Hannon Hill Headquarters: Hosted in our dedicated training facility
  • Remote: We'll teleconference using an online meeting solution

At no extra cost, we offer video recordings of any training session – providing a valuable refresher course later on.

Next Scheduled Workshop Dates

The next dates for our free training are on the 12th and 16th of October.  10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Eastern).  

Register for one of these dates now!  You will receive additional information including the GoToMeeting link and the url to your own training site.

The cut-off date for registration is October 9th but the training sessions may fill up before then.

Register for the free Cascade CMS workshop

General Details


  • For 2018, workshops will be held in January, April, July and October.  Usually two workshops will be held during each of those months.
  • The sessions will be conducted remotely using GoToMeeting's conferencing software.
  • There will be a fifteen-minute Q&A before training begins; login information will be provided at that time.
  • Breaks occur throughout the day. Participants are asked not to leave and re-join the training, if at all possible, as each step builds on the previous one.


This training is strongly recommended for web developers and is not designed for end users.  No previous knowledge of Cascade CMS is required.  However, participants will be provided with a set of short videos to view prior to the workshop; these cover some basic concepts used in Cascade CMS.

In addition, participants should have the following:

  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS--participants do not have to be able to write code from scratch but will need a basic understanding of what different HTML tags mean
  • Participants are not required to have microphones, but may communicate with the trainer vocally when needed.


Fifteen participants are allowed, with no more than two people per organization per session.

  • Workshop rosters will close roughly a week before the workshop. However, be aware that training sessions may fill up before then.
  • We maintain a rotating waitlist for individuals who do not make the cut-off date.
  • Hannon Hill understands that unforeseen circumstances may occur; however, if a participant signs up for, but does not attend, two workshops in a row, she/he will be removed from the waitlist. Participants may cancel up to a week before the training.
  • All training sessions will be recorded and a link to the recording will be provided within a few days after the training.
  • Confirmed participants will receive links to several short, introductory, videos covering core Cascade CMS concepts prior to the training and are encouraged to watch them before training begins.

Training Agenda

Topics for the one-day training include:
  • Overview of the Cascade 8 interface
  • Overview of Administration area: users, roles, groups, workflows
  • Creating Templates & Blocks
  • Configuration Sets & Content Types
  • Metadata & Structured Data (Data Definitions)
  • Introduction to XML & Formats (Velocity)


1. Can we modify the training for your organization?

     Custom training can always be arranged, if desired.  However, the free training format does not lend itself to customization.   We believe Cascade users should have a baseline level of experience in Cascade and our format is tailored to hit that baseline.

2. Can we sign-up more than two people for the training?

     No, Hannon Hill wants to train as many organizations as possible each quarter. Additional users can sign up for a subsequent training.

3. Can we share computers during training (like in a central room)?

     Hannon Hill does not recommend this unless the other user is a business user that just wants to follow along with a technical user. Otherwise, our belief is that people learn best by doing.

As part of our ongoing effort to improve client satisfaction, Hannon Hill is proud to offer our clients an additional training option. Cascade CMS customers now have the ability to engage in a small, online training session designed to cover a specific portion of our two-day training agenda in detail. The sessions will occupy two hours where advanced topics such as workflow, web services, velocity or XSLT formats could be covered.

These interactive Mini Training sessions are scheduled on a per-organization basis, and will allow for up to eight individuals to interact with the instructor and ask questions that will help tailor our predefined training material to their particular organization's needs.

Suggested Topics:

  • Workflow Basic (Straight Approval)
  • Workflow with Owner Review (Straight Approval with Owner Hold Step)
  • Workflow with Staging Review (above but with customized destinations & publish-working-copy)
  • XSLT Formats
  • Velocity Formats
  • Planning Site Structure
  • Writing Publish Triggers
  • Writing Asset Factory Plug-ins
  • Image Asset Best Practices (incl. lessons on existing AF plug-ins)
  • Integrating Google Analytics
  • WordPress Connector & Twitter Connector usage
  • Publishing Non-XML Dynamic Content (like JavaScript, JSON, PHP)
  • Optimization strategies
If you have specific topics (or a combination of topics) on which you would like to get trained, such as Workflow, Velocity, or Web Services, we offer training sessions customized to your needs. Depending on the depth of the topic that you would like us to cover, the training session may be between 2 and 8 hours. The training will be provided via a screen-sharing session, and will also be recorded for your convenience.

While most of our customers are very comfortable handling end user training in-house, we do offer customized end user training, which includes hands-on experience on your specific site or sites. We develop a custom curriculum based on your integration. 

Format: If you expect the training to take more than one day, we will be happy to come on-site. Otherwise, we host the training via a screen-sharing session. We also record each session and make the videos available to you afterwards.

Hannon Hill Corporation

3423 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 520
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 678.904.6900
Toll Free: 1.800.407.3540
Fax: 678.904.6901

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