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.

One theme screenshot 01

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
Taught by Ian Griffin and the Professional Development Staff
March 4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Torgersen 1120
April 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, 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
Taught by Ian Griffin and the Professional Development Staff
March 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Torgersen 1120
April 2, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, 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: 6.4 Upgrade
Tuesday, February 26th from 9 am - noon, 1120 Torgersen
Monday, March 4th, 9 am - noon, 208 AISB, 1700 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Major improvements to Ensemble will be implemented over spring break and the entire Ensemble interface will change for the first time in three years. Although the changes are overwhelmingly positive, any relearning offers challenges. Bring a laptop and work collectively and experience the new interface.

Ensemble - Office Hours - Spring 2019
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, March 21st, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
211 Andrews Info Services Building, 1700 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Bring your questions and problems to office hours and we’ll work collectively to solve them.

Ensemble - Web Tips and Tricks - March 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Torgersen 1100, 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.

Ensemble - Blogging in Ensemble
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 9:00 - 11 am
Torgersen 1120, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Ensemble wasn’t built to be a blog platform but it incorporates many blog-friendly features and it is the only CMS with full support for One, the university’s only sanctioned theme.

Ensemble - Content Accessibility
Thursday, April 25th, 2019, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Torgersen 1120, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
The Ensemble web team has worked for the last year to dramatically improve accessibility with the new One theme. Come learn how to maximize the accessibility of your unique content in Ensemble.

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.