New site design theme available

The One design theme for Ensemble is now generally available. Please click the documentation link below for how to switch your site to the new theme and for information about new features.

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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. For web hosting support, please 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
October 1, 2018, noon-1 pm or
October 24, 2018, noon-1 pm or
November 12, 2018, 1-2 pm
Taught by Ian Griffin
Torgersen 1120
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
October 2, 2018, noon-1 pm or
October 25, 2018, noon-1 pm or 
November 13, 2018, 1-2 pm
Taught by Ian Griffin
Torgersen 1120
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: Getting to One
Friday, September 28th, 2018, 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
The university has a new look designed from the ground up to represent our brand and to focus on what we value. Your websites can adopt this new look starting on September 12th. Come for the latest updates and see how much the One theme has progressed in the last seven weeks. Bring a laptop if you can: this course is part lecture, part discussion, and part workshop.

Accessibility for Developers: The Basics
Monday, October 1, noon-1:30 pm
RB14-115, 1770 Forecast Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Developing accessible websites is a journey and starts with a first step. A handful of small changes to the way developers write HTML and CSS can make a huge difference to the 19% of people who have a permanent or temporary disability. This 75-minute class and discussion will use simple, clear, programmer-focused "functional requirements" as a framework for building more accessible products. Please join us and bring a lunch if you'd like. This covers the same content as was offered on May 2, 2018.

Accessibility for Developers: Site Review
Wednesday, October 10, noon-1:30 pm
RB14-115, 1770 Forecast Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
This brown bag seeks to encourage participants to incorporate universal design practices during development. We’ll review a handful of web apps and sites to see how they could be improved for all users. The analysis will focus on constructive feedback and improvement. Please join us and bring a lunch if you'd like.

Accessibility for Developers: Next Level
Tuesday, October 23, noon-1:30 pm
RB14-115, 1770 Forecast Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
A survey of many small accessibility topics targeted at programmers and other highly-technical types, we’ll look at even more tricks to make your web apps more inclusive. The ideal way to make tables, keyboard-only navigation, and teaching screen readers how to pronounce are just a few of the topics we’ll cover. Please join us and bring a lunch if you'd like.

Ensemble - Advanced Images
Monday, November 5th, 9-11:30 am
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
This course covers the 5 basic retouching steps that should be applied to every digital image (levels, curves, color balance, saturation, and unsharp mask), will discuss cropping and resolution, and saving images for placement into Ensemble as maximum quality or adaptive images. We’ll also review Google’s new method of compressing images for optimal page rank.

Ensemble - The Bootstrap 4 Grid
Thursday, November 29nd, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
This advanced topic discusses Bootstrap, the world's most popular responsive, mobile first framework. It can be used by web designers and developers to build responsive sites. Bootstrap 4 is also the grid technology underneath the One Ensemble templates. Come to learn how Bootstrap works and how designers and developers can apply bootstrap styles to the Virginia Tech page templates.

Ensemble - Web Tips and Tricks - December 2018
Tuesday, December 4th, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1120, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
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. Some topics are appropriate for intermediate web creators others will appeal exclusively for advanced users.

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.