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Web Communications' primary responsibility is to develop and maintain the university's flagship site, www.vt.edu. The unit shares responsibility for websites affiliated with News and Information, maintains the University Relations website, and maintains, either in part or in whole, several other top-level university websites, including those of the president and board of visitors. Web Communications partners with Information Technology to provide university offices with the latest technology and tools to develop and maintain websites that reflect the university's Web identity standards and best practices for usability and content presentation.

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Ensemble CMS

Ensemble CMS is the Web content management system for Virginia Tech. It allows website contributors to update their content without worrying about the technical details of creating, editing, and maintaining websites.

This enterprise system is administered jointly by University Relations, sponsor of the CMS project, and Information Technology.

Acquire subdomains

Subdomains are created only for university departments, official graduate degree programs, and some well-known central services of the university. Central services are major services that are generally managed by the computing center such as www.mail.vt.edu, www.outlook.vt.edu, www.exchange.vt.edu, etc. 

General guidelines:

  • Subdomains are not created for individuals, projects, or programs. These are named in their corresponding departmental subdomain.
  • Departments are allowed six months to make a subdomain change when the department is renamed.
  • Only Network Liaisons may request new subdomains of both hostmaster and hosting.

To request a subdomain or simply get more information, contact the Virginia Tech hostmaster.

Domain for .centers.vt.edu

University Relations maintains the subdomain centers.vt.edu for research studies and other collaborative groups that want to feature their content online. The questions below outline the process for securing a domain.

Who qualifies?

The centers.vt.edu subdomain is available for research centers that contain an interdisciplinary focus. These entities often enlist expertise and input from a variety of different sources. It was established to create a virtual location when it may not be appropriate to have an existing subdomain affiliated with a particular department or college host the research site. Users who request the centers.vt.edu subdomain will need to reserve a unique name that precedes the centers.vt.edu string (such as helmets.centers.vt.edu, security.centers.vt.edu, or fallprevention.centers.vt.edu). Ideally, such names would provide an accurate description of the research focus and purpose of the site.

What's the process to secure a subdomain?

Users seeking a centers.vt.edu subdomain should have their network liaison complete this form that will send an email to the university webmaster (webmaster@vt.edu), who acts as the network liaison for the subdomain. The webmaster will review the application and either approve it or follow up for additional information. He will then coordinate with the university hostmaster and the network liaison who filed the request to establish the approved subdomain.

What are the hosting options?

Users with an approved subdomain can request to have their new site created and hosted in the Ensemble Content Management System. As the university's enterprise CMS, Ensemble provides free support, training, and pre-built university templates that comply with Virginia Tech's branding guidelines and offer flexible ways to present the site's content. Get started by completing the request form.

Users seeking an alternative to the Ensemble CMS will need to coordinate with university web hosting to establish their site. Design and support of the site rests with the users. Site designs must adhere to the university's brand guidelines.



Interested in the CMS?

Ensemble is the Web content management system for Virginia Tech. It allows website contributors to update their Web content without worrying about the technical details of creating, editing, and maintaining websites.

This enterprise system is administered jointly by University Relations, sponsor of the CMS project, and Information Technology.

  • Visit the Ensemble CMS site for complete information on the system including a site request form, training information, migration guide, and support material.