Welcome to the new 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: The new 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.

No Java: Users are not required to download, install, and run a Java applet to access and use Ensemble. 

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.

Two template styles: Ensemble offers two template styles: Burruss and Moss. Burruss is the traditional theme that features vertical navigation on a blue background on the left side of a page. Moss is based on the design that was introduced in 2013. It features horizontal navigation and a white background for the content area.

Burruss template
The Burruss template features vertical navigation.
Moss template
The Moss template features horizontal navigation.

Both styles use formatting that make them responsive to different screen sizes for greater accessibility across various devices.

Webadmins can choose the design for their site by modifying a page's properties.

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. The Reference component can be used to place pieces of content that exist on one page on another page which reduces the need to update the same content in multiple places.