To access the CMS, you’ll need to provide your PID/password at: https://author.ensemble.vt.edu/

Please note: Ensemble uses two-factor authentication provided by the university. For more on two-factor authentication, visit this site.

Browser requirements: This CMS can be accessed using Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. The operating system can either be Windows PC or macOS. Testing pre-launch sites works best in Firefox.

Ensemble uses the touch-based interface that Adobe launched with version 6 of Adobe Experience Manager.

After logging in, your screen will look something like the image below:

The menu on the left side of the screen will feature the following:

  • My Sites: These are sites that you can access for content creation, editing, or publishing (depending on your role). Each site will appear in the main window.

  • My Assets: These are images and files (PDF, Word Documents, spreadsheets, etc) that can be uploaded and placed within a page. See the process Learn about Ensemble->Adding assets for more info.

  • My Tags: Tags let you categorize content for display. Tags can be created for topics, keywords, areas of research, or associated with a faculty, researcher, or staff member within your college or department.  See the process Learn about Ensemble->Tags for more info.

  • Sites: All sites within Ensemble are accessible from the Sites menu. Only those with access to a particular site can create content or edit within them. Users without access will be able to preview the site but not edit or change content.

  • Assets: All assets within Ensemble are accessible from the Assets menu. Users without permission can only preview the asset. They cannot edit, upload or publish assets.

Roles within Ensemble

Users in Ensemble will be assigned roles. The roles are:

Author: authors can create or edit content. An author can start a workflow, but cannot publish a page or assets directly.

Publisher: publishers can publish items to the live site and approve workflows. Publishers can also start workflows although they don't need to. Publishers do not get author access but can be added to both permission groups.

Web Administrator: a web administrator can create, edit, and publish content. Web admins are the only users who can set advanced properties and create shortented vanity URLs. A few weeks after becoming a web admin, a web admin also becomes a ED group manager and can add and remove content creators from the three user roles. Web admins are considered the points of contact with the Ensemble team and are expected to manage their respective web groups.

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Take a tour of the My Sites interface.

My Sites icons

Hide or show side panel
Hide or show the side panel in the My Sites interface.
Arrow icon - Go back
Arrow icon - Go back one level
Help
The help icon in the My Sites interface connects to the documentation site or can be used to file a ticket.
Workflow notifications
Located in the upper right of the main interface, this icon changes to reflect the number of notifications.
User setting
Settings in the My Sites interface shows a user's name and PID.