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.

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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
Torgersen 1120
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
Torgersen 1120
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: Getting to One
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 9 am - 11:30 am
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
The university has a new look designed from the ground up to represent our brand and to focus on what we value. Your websites can adopt this new look starting on September 12th. Come for the latest updates and see how much the One theme has progressed in the last seven weeks. Bring a laptop if you can: this course is part lecture, part discussion, and part workshop.

Ensemble - Web Tips and Tricks - January 2019
Tuesday, January 16th, 2:30-5:00 pm
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 - Office Hours - January 2019
Tuesday, January 17th, 2:30-5:00 pm
211 Andrews Info Services Building, 1700 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Bring your questions and problems to office hours and we’ll work collectively to solve them.

Ensemble - Intermediate Tips and Tricks
Taught by S.B. Chandler
Take your understanding of Ensemble to the next level. Perfect for those who can make pages but don’t completely understand the inner workings and server stack of Ensemble, this class goes over the terms and systems that provide a deep understanding of Ensemble: URLs, authoring levels, and publishing levels take center stage. Not intended for regulars in our Advanced Tips and Tricks sections.

Ensemble - To Table or Not to Table (Responsive Ensemble content)
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 2:30 - 5 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
HTML Tables were once how all web layouts were built but intrinsic, inclusive, and responsive design require smarter layouts. Learn about the options and learn how to maximize tabular data.

Ensemble - Web Tips and Tricks - March 2019
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 - 4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 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.