skip to main content

Welcome to Ensemble

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
None currently scheduled
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
None currently scheduled
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.

Web Accessibility: Designing for All Users (Advanced)
By Mark Nichols and Robert Fentress
Mon., August 13: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tues., August 14: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Torgersen 1120, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Learn how people with different abilities and preferences interact with the web and how you can design your web pages to be as universally accessible as possible. We’ll demonstrate how certain design decisions and coding practices can turn an impairment into a disability, by showing real-life examples of poorly-coded web pages and how people with certain sensory, motor, or cognitive limitations might experience them (or fail to experience them!). We’ll demonstrate tools and strategies you can use to help identify these patterns in your own code and show you how to fix them. Must be able to code HTML without a WYSIWYG editor.

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.