LiveWhale CMS: Content Management for Storytellers

A CMS built for higher ed

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?

Trusted by colleges around the world.

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...

…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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100+ 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 School of Economics
  • Beloit College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carondelet High School
  • Carthage College
  • Century College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Connecticut College
  • Connecticut State Community Colleges
  • Cornell University College of Business
  • Dalhousie University
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Indiana University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marian University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Menlo School
  • Middlesex College
  • Monmouth College
  • Mt Royal 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
  • Portland Community College
  • Purchase College (SUNY)
  • Radford University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Saint Leo University
  • San Francisco School
  • San Mateo Community College District
  • Santa Clara University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Southwestern University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Susquehanna University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Syracuse Architecture
  • Tarleton State University
  • Temple College
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M, Galveston
  • Trinity College
  • University of Akron
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • 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, Nevada, Michigan, and Florida.

  • 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
  • Cindy Yueh

    Junior Web Developer

    As a former tutor, Cindy has found a perfect combination of her love of teaching and web development in White Whale. She leads the theming and implementation process for new LiveWhale Calendar clients, and assists with testing and accessibility compliance. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys all sports, gaming, building mechanical keyboards, and going on long walks with her sister’s two dogs – Boba and Mango.

  • 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
  • Karl Hinze

    Director of Product

    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
  • 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, on budget and everyone is happy. She holds a Bachelor’s from Alma College and a Master’s from Michigan State University. In her free time, you can find Katie with a camera around her neck or enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dog.

    Katie Compo
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rachael Wilbur

    LiveWhale Support

    Rachael has a wide range of knowledge and background experiences from working in the fine art, media, and higher education professions. She brings together all her strengths and translates them directly into helping with clients. Born and raised in the midwest, Rachael now calls the Blue Ridge Mountains her home—where she will make any excuse to go explore. She is a mother, photographer, avid recipe tester, and a former barista champion.

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