What is Ensemble?

Ensemble is the Web content management system (CMS) for Virginia Tech. It allows website contributors to update their Web content without worrying about the technical details of creating, editing, and maintaining websites.

Ensemble is powered by Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) and is a joint effort between University Relations and the Division of Information Technology. Percussion Rhythmyx websites were converted to web hosting sites in March 2017. For web hosting support, you will need to file a Web Hosting ticket instead of a normal Ensemble ticket.

Live Training

Every fall and spring semester Ian Griffin teaches 5 sections of Ensemble: Essentials and Ensemble: Working with Media to teach you everything you need to know to start building websites in the modern content management system.

Ensemble: Essentials
TBD - Offered Monthly
Taught by Ian Griffin
Torgersen 1100
As part 1 of the Ensemble series, Essentials will cover the basics of page building within the Adobe Experience Manager. Participants will explore the CMS interface and work primarily with page building. We will cover the following components: Text, Image, Multi-Column, and Multi-Tabs/Accordion.

Ensemble: Working with Media
TBD - Offered Monthly
Taught by Ian Griffin
Torgersen 1100
As part 2 of the Ensemble series, Working with Media will cover the various components that add video assets and outside content into the Adobe Experience Manager. Participants will revisit Assets within the CMS and review how tags work. Components we will cover: Gallery, Media, External Media, iFrame, and HTML.

Ensemble: Local Assets - Theory
February 8th, 9:30 am - noon
Torgersen 1100
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Local assets offer web designers and developers access to customize and tweak the university provided templates within the brand standards. Sites with local_assets can modify the CSS and add javascript to their sites, but this functionality comes with additional complexity and abstraction. Learn about the site configuration, git repositories, git workflow, and other technical requirements to implement Ensemble customization. This is our most advanced class: participants should understand at least basic HTML and CSS selectors. Users not familiar with these technologies should email chandler@vt.edu well before the class. In this session we’ll focus on a few specific problems and solutions.

Ensemble: Local Assets - Practice
February 8th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Torgersen 1100
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
In this hands-on follow-up to “Local Assets - Theory” users are encouraged to access their own repos or the sandbox repo, configure their Ensemble site to use the repo, make CSS changes, commit, push, and watch the changes deploy. Bring your own laptop or use a provided MacBook Pro.

Ensemble - Intermediate Tips and Tricks
February 28th, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Torgersen 1100
Taught by S.B. Chandler
Take your understanding of Ensemble to the next level. Perfect for those who can make pages but don’t completely understand the inner workings and server stack of Ensemble, this class goes over the terms and systems that provide a deep understanding of Ensemble: URLs, authoring levels, and publishing levels take center stage. Not intended for regulars in our Advanced Tips and Tricks sections.

Ensemble: Changes in Ensemble 6.3
March 12th, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Torgersen 1100
We’ve been working hard on upgrades to Ensemble and we’ll be explaining some of the recent changes and how they affect you and your websites. Ensemble 6.3 is a major leap forward in the interface of Ensemble but these improvements also require changes to the way Ensemble works. We'll show you what's different and how to work in this improved system.

Ensemble - Image Retouching and Placement
TBD, late March or early April, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Torgersen 1100
Taught by S.B. Chandler
This advanced course covers the basics of image retouching (levels, curves, color balance, saturation, and unsharp mask), will discuss cropping, resolution, and saving images for placement in Ensemble. We’ll enumerate image components and technologies present in Ensemble and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Ensemble: Web Tips and Tricks
April 25th, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Torgersen 1100
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
For web content creators who have mastered the basics and regularly create content, we offer myriad advanced tips and tricks. Although most learners won't need every technique, this survey touches on common needs, recurring web support tickets, and technical enhancements to the Ensemble web content management system (CMS). Each session covers different topics in depth.

On demand Training Video

This on-demand WebEx training covers all the basics of the Ensemble Content Management System (CMS), presented by John Jackson. Note that Google Analytics are now placed in the /en/ page footer.

Help / Support

For questions and / or CMS support please file a ticket:

  • Click on the "Request CMS Support" link at the bottom right hand corner of this window and fill out the form.