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Some of the most common issues users have with the CMS can be resolved with the following troubleshooting techniques. If you're experiencing issues with specific components, please refer to our list of known bugs.

Verify Your Browser

  • Before contacting the IT Service Desk, always check your browser first. Currently, Mozilla Firefox is the only supported browser for content creation in the CMS.
  • For optimal viewing of the CMS interface, use a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher and the most recent version of Firefox.
  • If your system does not allow for 1024 x 768 resolution, 800 x 600 will still allow you to view the full width of the page.
  • Download Firefox

Clear Your Browser Cache

  1. Log out of the CMS
  2. Go to History in dropdown menu
  3. Select "Clear Recent History..."
  4. Check "Cache" from details
    » Make sure time range is set to "Everything"
  5. Click Clear Now
  6. Quit Firefox
  7. Reopen Firefox
  8. Log in to the CMS
Clearing your cache in Firefox

Click on "History" in your Firefox menu and then click on "Clear Recent History"


Clearing your cache in Firefox

Clear the cache and then quit Firefox


Disable Your Pop-up Blocker

If you have your Firefox browser set to disable all pop-ups then dialogue windows needed to interact with the CMS authoring environment will not be able to appear on your screen. Follow these steps to disable your pop-up blocker in Firefox.

  1. Go to Firefox in the menu bar
  2. Select "Preferences" from the list of menu options
  3. Click the tab for "Content"
  4. Uncheck the box for "Block pop-up windows"
Disable pop-up blocked in Firefox

Click on "Firefox" and then select "Preferences"


Disable pop-up blocked in Firefox

In the "Content" tab, uncheck the box to disable pop-ups


Common Issues

If you're experiencing an issue other users have had in the past, try resolving it with the steps listed below before reaching out to the IT Service Desk for support. For component related troubleshooting, check our list of known bugs.

Try to log in but only see a white page and nothing loads

  • This will occur if you are off of the NYU Network, you will need to follow these instructions to access the CMS through VPN.

Content does not appear correctly in the CMS

  • Refresh the page within the CMS, and then refresh the browser.
  • Some processes take a while to display properly, so be patient and do not over-click.
  • Is the content in a show/hide display? You may have to click a plus icon to see everything.

Content does not appear on the live website

  • Remember to activate the page. Nothing will appear online until you publish it, by Activating.

Phantom objects follow your cursor

  • Refresh your browser window.

Get More Help

If you have a question that is not answered here, contact IT Service Desk and identify yourself as a user of the Web Content Management System.

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