Development Tools


Cascade is FIU's content management system (CMS) for building and maintaining websites at the university. It is a versatile system used by many universities across the country. A Cascade implementation consists of a set of assets (pages, directories, etc.) created on top of our centralized standards which will continue to evolve to meet current design and development practices.

Learn more in the Cascade Knowledge Base.

Cascade Training

Cascade trainings are now held via Mediasite. The training will run you through the basics of how to use Cascade. To access the training, please log in with your FIU AD credentials after clicking the link.

Foundation 5

Foundation is a framework used to quickly prototype our websites. Foundation provides valid and accessible HTML, CSS and JavaScript to help design and code websites. Our website templates are built from bits and pieces of the code used in Foundation.

Learn more about Foundation.


Siteimprove is an evaluation tool that supplies a full overview of insights of all the pages in your site. Insights include your site’s accessibility, quality assurance SEO and more. Siteimprove also provides data on how users interact on your site with visuals like behavior maps. We use Siteimprove to ensure our sites are accessible and are of top quality before going live.

Learn more about Siteimprove.

Siteimprove trainings

Siteimprove features comprehensive training for both the accessibility and quality assurance dashboards. 

WAVE Evaluation Tool

WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool developed by It provides visual feedback about the accessibility of your web content page by page by placing icons and indicators into your page.

Learn more about WAVE Evaluation Tool.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is used to track the activity of users while they are on your site. This includes data like:
  • Page views
  • Session duration
  • Pages per session
  • Bounce rate

And more along with the information on the source of the traffic. Google Analytics is an incredibly useful tool that can help you guide users to the tasks you want them to complete on your site.

Learn more about Google Analytics.

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag is a tag management system that allows users to easily add and edit snippets of custom or templated tags to a website. We use Google Tag to track how well campaigns are doing on our clients’ websites.

Learn more about Google Tag Manager.

Google Custom Search Engine

Google Custom Search allows you to add a search box to your website to help users find what they’re looking for.  

Learn more about Google Custom Search Engine.

Facebook Pixel (for analytics)

The Facebook pixel is essentially a code that you place on your website that collects data that can help you track conversions from ads. You can also build targeted audiences for future ads, and remarket to people who have already taken some kind of action on your website.

Learn more about Facebook Pixel.