Hannon Hill

Cascade Server

3.5 / 5
2 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Cloud-based CMS that features content reuse, context analytics, content report, custom authentication, form builder and rendering metrics used by various businesses and organizations.

Average Ratings

2 Reviews

  • 3.5 / 5

  • 2.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
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  • Pricing Details
    Please contact Hannon Hill for pricing details.
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Hannon Hill
  • www.hannonhill.com/

About Cascade Server

Cloud-based CMS that helps businesses create, edit and manage content across Internet, Intranet and Portals.

Cascade Server Features

  • Audio Content
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Indexing
  • E-forms
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editor
  • SEO Management
  • Text Editor
  • Version Control
  • Video Content
  • Website Management

Cascade Server Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Would have been fantastic 10 years ago

Sep 19, 2016

1 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 5.0/10 Not

Pros: I suppose, if there is a pro, it is that since it is a publish platform, if the platform dies , your sites will remain up.

The interface builder is fairly easy to use, but the coding and indexing is a nuissance

Cons: -It is a publish platform

-In order to set it up you require a skilled developer

-Once setup there are still limitations as there isn't really server side logic

-not well known so good luck finding a skilled developer

-The data is trapped in Cascade once it is in there

-Runs on TomCat and crashes occaisionally

Overall: First off, there are two sides to Cascade, the side which the 'admin' sets up and the side where other content entry admins use. Setting up Cascade for your typical developer is no real treat. You must work with either XSLT or Velocity to transform the generated XML into pages.

You have to be incredibly structured on how to use this platform. To do any kind of "serverside" logic, you must use indexes which bog down the system. At Hannon Hill conferences, the staff have implied the system is meant to be used to create micro-sites versus large sites (the way my institution uses it)

If this system was shown to me 10 years ago, I'd have been impressed, but now it largely trails behind other platforms, especially given its a push platform. I do know Cascade 8 will be launched at some point, but it is more of a UI overhaul than anything.

Recommendations to other buyers: The support and marketing team at Hannon Hill are good, but do your due diligence. Try the platform out before you buy it.

New Version, New Life for Hannon Hill's CMS

Feb 27, 2019

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 5.0/10 Not

Pros: The latest version of Hannon Hill's CMS (8) is a VAST improvement over the previous (7)! More intuitive. Fewer clicks. Looks like it was designed within the last 15 years at least. Lots of new features, i.e. sidebars, call out boxes, relevant links. End users without any html skills or much training at all are now able to manage their content. A concrete example: in the previous version, one needed to know how to manipulate the html in order to insert an image, but anyone can do it now and the visual impact on our site has been dramatic.

Cons: I feel neutral about recommending the software to others because of my own limited experience and because, despite the fantastic improvements, it is built on technology that is rapidly going extinct. I'm not sure if other institutions would be wise to invest in this product for the long term--especially if they are committed to staying on the cutting edge and having a super modern site.

Overall: My user experience is on a college campus where I manage content/layout for several sections of the site. That responsibility used to be cumbersome because of the navigational drawbacks of the system, but it's a breeze to make updates now. I cannot speak to the technical set-up since I am not in IT, but as an end user I don't have any complaints.