LiveWhale CMS: Content Management for Storytellers

Trusted by colleges around the world.

LiveWhale is a unique CMS platform designed to help colleges and universities communicate better, with unparalleled ease of use and community content sharing. It’s content management for storytellers.

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Why Livewhale?

A CMS built for higher ed

LiveWhale is a product of White Whale: a design, strategy, and technology firm that’s been working with schools like yours for almost two decades.

We understand colleges, and we know that your community of staff, faculty, and students is key to a successful website. With LiveWhale you can create news, events, images, faculty and student profiles, and more— and make them available throughout your institution. And if you don’t have the time to keep a lot of content up to date (imagine that!), it’s easy to find and add content from other groups on campus.

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All the features you need...

One-click editing means users can change content right on the page. Go to your page, click Edit Page, make your changes, click Save. Training’s over!

News, events, profiles, forms, blogs, files – whatever you need to drive your site, we’ve got you covered.

Every facet of the LiveWhale experience is customizable, from adding custom fields or changing instruction text to coding brand-new features just for your school. Our profiles module lets you create any number of content types to cover whatever your institution needs.

LiveWhale comes bundled with LiveWhale Calendar, the best and most flexible calendaring solution, purpose-build for higher education.

Tell the story of your school in the way that’s most authentic to you – Livewhale’s robust and flexible theming system supports any visuals you can dream up, without sacrificing ease of editing.

Our interfaces are WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 compliant out of the box, and we do everything we can to help you make your content accessible to all, from captions to keyboard actions and beyond.

…and a lot more:

  • In-context page editing
  • Versioning
  • User roles and permissions
  • Accessibility checker
  • Website search
  • Custom maps
  • Galleries
  • Shared assets library
  • Forms with spam prevention
  • Social media integration
  • Emergency notifications
  • Embedded video
  • Event management and RSVPs
  • Custom content types
  • Widgets
  • Tag management
  • Page notes
  • SEO friendly
  • Automated backups
  • Image optimization
  • Template permissions
  • Multi-site management
  • Backend customization
  • Secure SSO authentication
  • AWS cloud hosting
  • LiveWhale API
  • Developer community

Building a better .edu

The developers who work with LiveWhale on campuses around the world are a true community, not a faceless crowd.  We work closely with our clients to continuously improve our codebase. 50% of new features come directly from client requests.

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Free upgrades and tech support for life.

Since all our clients are on the same version, the improvements we make to our codebase can be shared with everyone. That’s why upgrades to LiveWhale are always free.

The same goes for tech support. If you’re having a hard time using our system, that’s our problem too, and we want to hear about it. So every LiveWhale account comes with unlimited e-mail tech support.

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80+ Clients, 100% Satisfied

Our clients love using our software. Our business is making your (work) lives easier.

  • Adams State University
  • Adelphi University
  • Alma College
  • Angelo State University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • Beloit College
  • Bemidji State
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carondelet High School
  • Carthage College
  • Century College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • D’Youville College
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Georgetown University Alumni
  • Henderson State University
  • Indiana University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marian University
  • Marlboro College
  • Menlo School
  • Merrimack College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Monmouth College
  • Morehead State University
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Northeastern University Giving
  • New York University
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Oakland University
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School
  • Penn Medicine: University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Purchase College (SUNY)
  • Radford University
  • Rice University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Santa Clara University
  • San Francisco School
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Southwestern University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Susquehanna University
  • Syracuse Architecture
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
  • Tarleton State University
  • Temple College
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Trinity College
  • University of Akron
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Ursinus College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • West Hills Community College
  • Western Oregon University
  • York University, Schulich School of Business

We Have Your Back

We’re a responsive, efficient, enthusiastic team of creative problem solvers working from home offices in Oregon, California, New York, and Michigan.

  • Ismail Youngblood

    Marketing Manager

    Ismail is an experienced and meticulous organizer of information. In addition to managing White Whale’s virtual office, he also serves as the primary liaison with prospective LiveWhale Calendar customers. Ismail lives in Oakland with his wife and young daughter, whose entry into daycare made it possible for him to join our team.

    Ismail Youngblood
  • Naomi Royall

    Senior Frontend Developer

    Naomi enjoys collaborating closely with designers to create elegant, versatile websites. At White Whale, she leads the buildout of our site designs and works to move LiveWhale’s feature set forward. Naomi is British – she moved to Berkeley to study Astrophysics and stayed in California. Outside of coding, she enjoys running, climbing and mountain camping trips.

    Naomi Royall
  • Isaac McGowan

    Senior Developer

    Isaac writes front-end code for the LiveWhale CMS, assists with other CMS implementations, and backs up our UI development team. He has developed and managed web applications since 1999, working on corporate teams as well as individually. Isaac lives in San Rafael with his wife and sons; his non-code interests include surfing, capoeira, and burritos.

    Isaac McGowan
  • Karl Hinze

    Director of Support

    Karl is all about bringing people together to make beautiful things. Besides being a designer and programmer in his own right, Karl also has extensive experience in higher ed as a student, faculty, and staff member. Outside of White Whale, Karl is a musical theatre composer, where he continues to feed his love of collaboration, art, and storytelling.

    Karl Hinze
  • Sacha Webley

    Senior Designer

    As the lead designer for White Whale, Sacha works with clients to shape beautiful and usable experiences for the web. Born and raised in Oregon, Sacha left the state to study at Stanford University, where he received a BA in Art and Art History. A father of three small children, he now lives on a farm outside of Portland with his family, chickens, cat, books and oil painting studio.

    Sacha Webley
  • Katie Compo

    Project Manager

    A compulsive list maker and professional organizer, it’s Katie’s job to shepherd projects from start to finish. She makes sure everything is on track and everyone is happy. In her free time, you can find Katie with a camera around her neck, enjoying the outdoors or renovating her 100-year-old house. She lives in the small town of Alma, Michigan with her husband and dog.

    Katie Compo
  • Jason Pontius


    A pathological multitasker, Jason is involved in every aspect of the website development process – from collaborating with our senior designer on design work to overseeing the care and feeding of the LiveWhale CMS. Jason first began exploring interactive design in 1997 as a complement to his graduate study in linguistics at the University of Chicago (where he holds a master’s degree).

    Jason Pontius
  • Tonya Langford Moyle

    Vice President

    On top of managing White Whale’s business affairs, Tonya works with clients on top-level branding and communications strategy – helping them get past organizational roadblocks and find ways to present web content to make sense to their multiple audiences. Raised in small-town Wisconsin, she headed east to attend Wellesley and then Brown, and then west to Portland, OR where she juggles work, kids, chickens, and a side-gig making napkins for her sister’s restaurant.

    Tonya Langford Moyle
  • Alex Romanovich

    Technical Director

    Alex has been indispensable to White Whale since its inception, becoming a permanent full-time employee in 2004 and taking the lead in the development of LiveWhale, our content management system. He is a graduate of NYU’s film and psychology programs, an active writer and photographer, and a student of metaphysics.

    Alex Romanovich

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