Basic concepts

Welcome to the Ensemble content management system, powered by the Adobe Experience Manager. This training section intends to show how you can use the CMS to manage the content of your Virginia Tech website.

Before starting, there are a few concepts to cover.

Click and drag: Ensemble uses the click and drag function, also called drag and drop, a lot. As you’ll see, clicking and dragging is how you move components from the side panel to the page. You’ll also use it to place images and other assets on the page.

Icons: Ensemble uses a library of icons to aid with creating content, moving items through the workflow, and moving around the system. Explanations of what the icons represent are made throughout this site. You can also mouse over the icon to see what it represents.

New tabs/windows: Once pages are created, they’ll open in a new window or tab of your browser. You can always get back to the main My Sites interface by clicking on the tab or window where it’s open.

Themes: Ensemble offers a responsive theme: Moss was originally based on the design that was introduced in 2013 and was updated in September 2017 to conform to the updated university brand. It features horizontal navigation and a white background for the content area.

No save buttons: Pages are saved once they are created and as changes are made. There’s no save button, though you should click the check icon () regularly.

WYSIWYG page creation: You’ll build your page as it will look once published. There are ways to access the HTML code within a particular component. This training manual will cover those specific areas when applicable.

Everything is built as a page: Briefs or snippets of content need to be built as full pages within Ensemble although these pages can be hidden from navigation. The Reference component can be used to place pieces of content from one page onto another page so that the same content can exist in multiple places but only need to be updated once.