Working With Personnel Pages

The Personnel block can be used to present contact and additional information for a single person, multiple people (a group), or multiple groups. Each person’s information appears on the Personnel page in a card format.

In addition to standard contact information, there are options to include a link to a homepage or a bookmark on the personnel page, an image, and an extra information open text area.

Personnel blocks are created on an individual basis within the Cascade CMS. They can then be directly inserted into a page, or compiled into a Personnel group allowing multiple blocks to be inserted on a page.

  • To edit one person’s information: [your site] / _blocks / personnel
  • To edit the contents of a group: [your site] / _blocks / personnel-listing
  • To edit which individual or group blocks appear on the Personnel page (whatever its name, e.g., Faculty and Staff), edit the page itself.

Editing a Person’s Information (Personnel Block)

Individual person’s blocks are stored in:
[your site] / _blocks / personnel

Edit a personnel block to update a person’s information. The Personnel page will automatically update to show the update after the block is submitted and published.

Creating a Single Personnel Block

Follow these steps to create a single instance personnel block in Cascade:

  1. Go to the site folder in which you wish to create your personnel block.

  2. Click the Add Content button at the top of the page.

  3. Select the Blocks directory.

  4. Choose the Personnel asset.

    [your site] / _blocks / personnel

  5. In the new window, assign the new personnel block a name to be used in the system.  Be sure to follow the Cascade CMS naming conventions.

  6. In the Placement Folder, ensure the destination directory is correct: [your site] / _blocks / personnel

  7. Fill out the information for the individual you are creating a personnel block for.  Note that fields marked with an asterisk are required.

  8. When entering phone and/or fax numbers, be sure to include the correct hyphens as shown in the examples.

  9. If you wish to add multiple titles, addresses, and emails, you can do so by clicking the + button in the corresponding section.

  10. If you wish to add an image, you can do so by choosing a file in the Image section.  Be sure to note the width of the image file (in pixels) so you can designate if it is responsive or non-responsive in the Image Size section.

  11. The Extra Information section at the bottom can be used to display any additional information about the individual. This will be displayed on the page as an expandable box below their initial information.

  12. Finally, you can choose to include a Homepage Link.  If the link is an internal IUP link, you’ll be prompted to use the Cascade file choose to designate the link.  If external, you’ll simply need to enter the URL in the text field.

  13. Once you ensure all of the entered information is correct, you can submit the personnel block for approval in the top right of the window.

Editing a Group (Personnel-Listing Block)

If the personnel page displays groups, you will see an additional personnel folder:
[your site] / _blocks / personnel-listing

Each block in that folder is a group. Each of these blocks holds one or more of the individual blocks. You can edit a personnel-listing block to add or remove people from the group. The Personnel page will automatically update to show the update after the block is submitted and published.

Creating a Personnel Group Listing

Once you have created your desired personnel blocks, you may wish to use them in a personnel group listing.  These can be useful for department faculty or office staff pages.

Follow these steps to create a Personnel Group Listing block in Cascade:

  1. Go to the site folder in which you wish to create your personnel group listing block.

  2. Click the Add Content button at the top of the page.

  3. Select the Blocks directory.

  4. Choose the Personnel Group Listing asset: [your site] / _blocks / personnel-listing 

  5. In the new window, assign the new personnel group listing block a name to be used in the system. Be sure to follow the Cascade CMS naming conventions.

  6. In the Placement Folder, ensure the destination directory is correct.

  7. For the Display Personnel at Full Width? option, select Yes if you wish for the personnel blocks in this group to appear at full page width instead of the standard half-width.

  8. In the Personnel Block Choose, click Choose Block and add your previously created Personnel block.

  9. To add additional personnel blocks, simply click the green + icon.  From there you should be able to add/remove/re-order your personnel blocks as you see fit.

  10. Finally, once you ensure all of the entered information is correct, you can submit the personnel group listing block for approval in the top right of the window.

Adding Personnel to a Page

Once you have created the necessary personnel/personnel group listing boxes, you can add them to your page in Cascade by following these steps:

  1. Go the to the page you wish to add a personnel listing to, and click the Edit button at the top.

  2. In the new window, create a new Content Row and within the Column, set the Type to Personnel.

  3. Under Personnel Options, you can choose if you’d rather add an individual personnel listing, or a group listing.

  4. Next, you’ll want to set the Column Width.  In this instance, the standard 12 Column Span will typically be the best choice.

  5. In the Block Choose, select one of your previously created blocks.  Be sure to choose an asset block that matches the option selected in Personnel Options.  For instance, if you chose Personnel Group Listing Block, make sure that you choose a Group Listing asset in the block chooser.

  6. If you wish to add multiple personnel instances on a page, you can do so by creating another Content Row/Column.

  7. Finally, once you ensure all of the information is correct, you can submit the page for approval in the top right of the window.

Deleting a Name

Deleting an individual’s block will remove the person from all personnel pages and groups that use this block. If they should still appear on another page or group, then do not delete their block—you should instead edit the personnel page itself and remove the block from there.

If you are certain that it will not affect any other pages, then you can choose to delete a person’s individual block, which will remove them from the personnel page.