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
Tues., September 12: 9:00 am - 10:00 am or
Tues., October 3: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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
Thurs., September 14: 9:00 am - 10:00 am or
Thurs., October 5: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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: Web Tips and Tricks
Wed., September 13: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm and
Tues., November 7: 8:30 am - 11:00 am and
Thurs., December 7: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Torgersen 1100
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.

Ensemble: Show and Tell: Technical Hints
Wed., October 11: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Torgersen 1100
Course Credits: 2
Our first show and tell will feature several content creators showing the techniques that use to implement professional websites. Joe Pahl will show us around the Chrome Inspector to get an under the covers view of our websites. Mike Mirabella will show up link checking. Will Pfeil will discuss image aspect ratios that work with Ensemble, Twitter, and Instagram. Finally Chandler will show a couple of 5 minute tricks. If you have a technical trick to share, please contact chandler@vt.edu.

Ensemble: The Bootstrap Grid
Thurs., November 30: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Torgersen 1100
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 is also the grid technology underneath the Moss and Burruss Ensemble templates. Come learn how Bootstrap works and how designers and developers can apply bootstrap styles to the Virginia Tech templates.

On demand Training Video

This on demand WebEx training from November 2015 covers all the basics of the Ensemble Content Management System (CMS), presented by John Jackson.

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.