Understanding landing pages

Each standalone division, department, unit or program site has a landing page. There are three kinds of landing pages, but they all aim to accomplish the same basic things. Each landing page should:

  • Quickly orient the user
  • Explain what the division, department, unit or program does (as specifically as possible)
  • Show the structure of the content within the site
  • Help users get to the content they need
  • Highlight new, important or timely content
Within Cascade, this page is always called "index," and lives in the Base Folder (at the top level of your site).

Anatomy of a landing page

Landing pages have four major parts:

  1. The department name and tab structure
  2. The intro section, which includes a single-sentence statement, an intro paragraph, the department head and a link to the staff directory and/or organization chart
  3. Departments/units section or link lists section
  4. Flex blocks

Three types of landing pages:

Landing page 01

Designed for divisions and large department sites, this page type allows for two levels of navigation — tabs (optional) to organize immediate-office level content and the departments/units section to illustrate the organizational structure and help users get to department or unit content.

Landing page 01 example: Academic Affair landing page

Landing page 02

As the most popular kind of landing page, landing page 02 has several ways to help users navigate to a department or unit's most frequently-used content. The link lists section allows departments or units to either echo the tab structure (with examples of the content that lives in each category) or present content in different categories.

Example of landing page 02: Academic Personnel landing page

Program landing page

Much like landing page 02, program landing pages are designed to provide a basic structure and some shortcuts to popular content. However, program landing pages don't require a leadership block — instead, they allow a third column of text for introducing the purpose and activities of the program.

Program landing page example: ADVANCE PAID program