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This is a detailed list of changes that come with each update to the Core template. For upcoming releases, see the Roadmap.


v1.10 - January 18th, 2022 

Updates to the thumbnail grid, card and content grid modules are now live! Users can implement the new card grid design on their sites. The card and thumbnail grids are being phased out of the template. Later this year they will be removed completely. We encourage you to update your card and thumbnail grid modules to the new card grid design. 


  • Subnav colors were not displayed properly on mobile devices. They are now consistent with desktop. 


  • Updated the modules that have the card-like design to look like the cards in the Carousel module. 
  • No longer supporting the Thumbnail Grid module and creating a new module, Card Grid.  
  • The Card grid will incorporate the same card design as the Carousel. 
  • Updated the News module with to ensure news images are uniform in size. 
  • Removed the Google Tag Manager <noscript> tag from the Core template to help with Google PageSpeed Insights results. 

v1.9 - December 13th, 2021 

In v1.9, we made some general bug fixes and improvements to several components including the News Feed and Stats components.  

Sitemap links have been added to the footer, and the Web/Accessibility link in the footer has been updated to point to the new Accessibility @ FIU websiteThe social links in the footer have also been updated to make maintaining accessibility standards easier. Finally, pages and folders in your site can now be excluded from the sitemap.  


  • General bug fixes 🔨 🐛 


  • The Web/Accessibility link in the footer has been updated to point to the new Accessibility @ FIU website. Pages will need to be published to see the change. 
  • Updated the News Feed component to handle a new format. 
  • Slideshow images can now have a value added to their alt attribute. 
  • Pages and folders can now be set to be excluded from the sitemap. 
  • Updated the line-height in the Stats component to follow accessibility best practices. 
  • Made a small adjustment to the font weight in the Stats component. 
  • Updated the styles for blockquotes in the WYSIWYG fields of the Content Block components.
  • Added Sitemap (hierarchical list of all pages on the website) link to the footer. 
  • Removed the italic styles from the blockquote element to conform with accessibility best practices. 
  • Removed italic styles from the figure figcaption element to conform with accessibility best practices. 
  • Updated the aria-label for the social links in the footer to mention following FIU. This should limit future issues where colleges create social links that say “Follow us on ….” but link to a different channel. 

v1.8 - December 6th, 2021 

In v1.8, we made some updates to the usability of the Call to Action component, Multimedia Background and Carousel components. The two-link Call to Action is now responsive: Links will stack on top of the other instead of creating two lines within the same link. Carousels can now have their descriptions flipped, so images can be placed either on the right or left side. We also resolved some minor inconsistencies with padding throughout the design. 


  • Fixed an issue where the “Short” setting on the Multimedia Background component was not being respected. 
  • Fixed an issue where the photo area was overlapping the slider controls in the gallery module. 
  • The Call to Action component can now use images when selecting the custom option. 
  • Fixed an issue where Call to Action components needed to have text to render. A Call to Action component can now consist of just an image or an iframe, for example. 
  • Fixed some inconsistent padding in the dropdown menu item. 
  • Fixed some inconsistent padding and alignment in the Call to Action component.


  • Removed Social Directory link from global footer. 
  • Improved the look and responsiveness of the layout of the two-link option in the Call to Action. component. You can now use .flex-links to display a list of links inline that will stack as the browser. sizes down. You can also add .cta-links so the arrow icon appears on any link with the .primary class. 
  • Carousels in the Featured Content > Slideshow module can now have the description flipped so the carousel items are on the left and the description on the right. 

v1.7 - November 16th, 2021 

In v1.7, we’re introducing the brand-new Carousel/Slideshow component! Users can find this component in the featured content group. Users can now feature photos from events, highlight faculty & staff, and much more in a sleek and compact format. But that’s not all, accordions got a makeover! Pages with accordions will automatically get updated to the contemporary design. See the latest look on Pantera. We also resolved some issues with the breadcrumb functionality and sub nav rendering on mobile.  


  • The accordion module design has been updated; users can now incorporate different background colors as well. 
  • New module alert 🚨  Slideshow/Carousel/Gallery - An alternative, graphic-centric option to the tabs and accordion modules is a slideshow/carousel. 

Bug fixes: 

  •  The home button wasn’t loading at all when clicked from the breadcrumbs on a page. The stack level for the corner energy lines was higher than the breadcrumb and it wasn’t allowing click-throughs. Users can now click on breadcrumbs and get sent to the respective page. 
  • When selecting “yes” to the subnav question it removed the anchor nav question and implementation from Cascade & the page. Users can now select both. 

v1.6 - October 18th, 2021 

In v1.6, we resolved some usability issues with the section navigation (formerly known as side navigation) and site footers. We also fixed some accessibility issues on some of our Featured Content and Content Block components. 

The updated section navigation will premiere on the forthcoming Student Affairs website and fix the pesky white space issues created by the old side navigation. Section navigation will now be easier to find on mobile, as well. The option to implement the new section nav will be rolled out selectively. Keep an eye out for upcoming releases to stay in the loop! 


  • Updated section navigation no longer creates awkward white space 
  • Improved mobile side navigation is now easier to locate and use 
  • Updated the Multiple Columns option in the site footer so the columns stack at the same point the global footer does  

Bug fixes: 

  • Fixed an issue where the section navigation was completely hidden when "hide from top nav" option was selected 
  • Fixed an issue where Multiple Columns footer option content was not showing on pages unless there was text under the Custom HTML option 
  • Fixed a navigation issue where the border for the active, highlighted items were bright yellow instead of blue 
  • Fixed an accessibility issue with Media Background components where the play/pause button had no default alternative text before the video loaded 
  • Using the .cta-link-primary class to a content grid module will no longer display an additional border under the link 
  • Thumbnail grid (bordered) links should now open in a new window when they are external 
  • Fixed an issue that allowed a page to be saved in Cascade without having a banner image selected when the option to enable banner was checked 

v1.5 - September 27, 2021 

In v1.5, we resolved some usability and accessibility issues with the video banner and site-specific search bar components. 

You can now highlight top navigation items to your site. This is a fun and easy way to call attention to specific sections in your navigation. 

  • Improvements: 
    • Updated text on search flyout to “Search this site” to make it clear to users the search results will be coming from the site they are in and not all FIU sites. 
    • Added a new highlight option to the main navigation under folder options. You can now pick between cyan and bright gold to bring attention to items in the nav 
      (highlighted items will be cyan on mobile to not conflict with existing styles for the active section). 
  • Bug fixes: 
    • Fixed an issue where “back to top” functionality was not working properly in homepages.
    • Fixed an issue where the play/pause button had no default alternative text before the video loaded.
    • Fixed an issue where enabled anchored section with no content areas attached was creating an empty navigation element and horizontal rule on the page. 
    • Added “Loading…” text to searchable interface pagination element to clear “WCAG 5.2.5 Required Owned Elements” error. 

v1.4 - September 8, 2021

In v1.4, we resolved some usability issues with the mobile navigation by moving the mobile navigation trigger closer to the site name. You’ll notice the FIU logos look crisper on retina devices as they were switched out for SVGs. Multimedia Background modules now show their background on mobile—including video.

We covered some ground on accessibility by improving some text formatting to comply with WCAG AAA line-height standards and completed a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for Core 1.4.

  • Improvements:
    • Mobile nav has been improved by moving the mobile nav trigger next to the site name
    • Searchable interface can now use external links
    • Multimedia Background modules now maintain their background on mobile devices
    • Profile cards can now be added without a link to a profile page
    • Two- and three-column lists now have uniform spacing around them
    • Increased line-height on news headlines and in profile card text to conform to WCAG AAA standards
    • Swapped out FIU logos in header and footer for SVGs
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where similarly named pages in the top navigation might both show as active one when one is active
  • Miscellaneous:

v1.3 - August 17, 2021

In v1.3, we resolved several accessibility issues that will ensure a better user experience for everyone and higher accessibility scores in Siteimprove. Users can now easily customize their site footers without writing code, and TikTok has been added to our global footer, replacing the Tumblr icon.

  • Improvements:
    • TikTok icon is now available for the global footer, replacing the Tumblr icon
    • Site footer is now more customizable, users can now add columned content without fiddling with code or writing HTML
  • Bug fixes:
    • Profile/Faculty lists created an ul when there are no profiles
    • Links in footer had mismatched aria labels vs. link text
    • Line-height values for footer headings were giving WCAG AAA warnings

v1.2.2 - August 6, 2021 

  • Bug fixes:
    • Removed canonical tags from 404 and search results pages
    • Moved meta-tags system region back to its original position to make sure the character encoding meta tag was within the first 1024 bytes of the page

v1.2.1 - August 5, 2021 

  • Bug fixes:
    • Profile pages canonical URLs were missing the page extension

v1.2 - August 3, 2021

  • Improvements:
    • Added padding around energy lines in Call to Action module
    • Ordered list numbers now align with the rest of the text
    • Upgraded jQuery from v1.11.3 to v1.12.4
    • Added padding above the H1 in content areas
    • Added canonical tags to prevent duplicate URLS
  • Bug fixes:
    • Updated FIU Calendar bug - Admin users can once again access the admin menu from

v1.1 - July 12, 2021

  • Features:
    • Added new option to Content Block component:
      • Large Cards is a new Multimedia Background option that is more card-like and has options for background colors and energy lines
  • Improvements:
    • Content grid headings can now be displayed without a link
    • Improvement - The gray shade in tables is now darker
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where Calendar/Events feed was picking up the wrong URL for the "More Events" link

v1.1.1 - July 13, 2021

  • Bug fix - Energy lines were showing up even when not selected

v1.0.8 - May 17, 2021

  • Improved design for News Feed:
    • Articles/posts now presented 3 to a row instead of 2
    • Feed entries consist of an image and headline per article/post
    • Max of 12 articles/post per feed + 1 for featured story
    • Featured story enhanced – no word count on story description
    • Improved functionality – Inputting external links (links to outside of your website) is easier in the backend
    • Default Thumbnail – Upload an image so articles/posts that don't contain an image will use the default image of your choice

v1.0.7 - March 9, 2021

  • Added new option to Design Elements component:
    • New design – Callouts

v1.0.6 - February 8, 2021

  • Improved design for Design Elements component. New features include:
    • New design - Stats List
    • Optional accent colors – energy lines
    • Improved functionality – Inputting external links (links to outside of your website) is easier in the backend

v1.0.5 - January 25, 2021

  • Added options to Featured Content component. New features include:
    • New design – Icon Link Row
    • New background colors – FIU blue
    • Improved functionality – Icon dropdown lets you choose from 500 icons (available on Icon Link Row and Thumbnail Grid)
    • Improved functionality – Inputting external links (links to outside of your website) is easier in the backend
  • Improved functionality of accordions (a Content Block component)
    • All panels closed by default
    • Multiple panels can be opened at the same time

v1.0.4 - December 18, 2020

  • Improved design for Calls to Action component. New features include:
    • Optional border frame around centered text without image (learn about energy lines)
    • Inputting external links (links to outside of your website) is easier in the backend. Just copy/paste the URL while editing the page — no external link asset necessary

v1.0.3 - November 30, 2020

  • Added new banner design
    • Optional border frame around banner image (learn about energy lines)
  • Added video playlist of Cascade training for online instruction

v.1.0.2 - October 19, 2020

  • Improved design for Calls to Action component. New features include:
    • More background colors: FIU blue, gray, or white
    • Optional border frame around images (learn about energy lines)
    • New heading/body text colors complementary to frame

v1.0.1 - August 17, 2020

  • Added new brand colors, FIU blue and bright gold
  • Added new brand fonts, Frank New
    • Improved heading fonts use varied weights for Frank New
    • Frank New is preloaded into WYSIWYG
  • Removed old digital fonts
  • Fixed bug with main and mobile nav icons on custom core projects

v1.0 - January 2018

  • Initial release