Suspension of CommonSpot site development

In order to expedite the University’s 2016-2018 web site conversion and redesign, the Web Oversight Committee has suspended further development and redesign of existing CommonSpot sub-sites. Beginning on January 25, 2016, the University’s 175 existing sub-sites will undergo extensive content inventories and audits. The content audits will be reviewed with departments and units prior to the site conversion to the new Drupal CMS or content migration to SharePoint. 

The creation of new CommonSpot sub-sites, or the reorganization of an existing sub-site, will only be authorized for health and safety content. CommonSpot authors will continue to maintain day-to-day updates on their assigned sub-sites. CommonSpot technical assistance will continue to be available through email to

CommonSpot Training

CommonSpot basic training is required for anyone who needs editing access to university websites. Advance registration is required for CommonSpot training. We can't accommodate same day training requests because of the advance setup required for the hands-on portion of training.

To register for a CommonSpot training session, please contact Gary Schuster, University Web Coordinator at

Training is conducted using the Chrome browser. If you do not have the Chrome browser on your laptop, please download the browser from day of training please adjust popup blockers in Chrome to "Allow all sites to show pop ups." Instructions on how to adjust pop-ups in Chrome:

  • Open Chrome.
  • In the top-right corner, click the Chrome menu
  • Click "Settings"
  • Click "Show advanced settings" located at bottom of page
  • Under "Privacy," click "Content settings"
  • Under "Pop-ups," select "Allow all sites to show pop-ups"
  • Close Settings.

After training, reset the pop-up blocker to "Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)."

Request for CommonSpot Assistance

If you need assistance with CommonSpot (CS) technical issues or content development, please email We will first work with you by email to resolve CS issues. If the issue cannot be resolve, the appropriate CS support staff will schedule a one-to-one meeting. 

Browser Issues

Most browsers have one or more issues with CommonSpot. Following are issues that have been reported along with the workaround if available. 

Google Chrome >>

In Chrome, you must to install PaperThin's Chrome Extension in order to use "Cut", "Copy" or "Paste" features through Rich Text Editor's toolbar buttons. To do this, open the Extensions page by clicking the far right icon next to the address bar in the browser (it says "Customize and control Google Chrome" on hover), then Tools > Extensions. Click the "Get more extensions" link and search for cs_paste_extension, then click the Add To Chrome button. After you install this extension, you need to restart your Chrome browser. When pasting in the text block, use the paste from clipboard icon instead of Ctrl-V to paste.

Firefox >>

The latest version of Firefox that is fully supported by CommonSpot is Firefox 17 ESR (Extended Support Release). Later versions may not allow you to save and submit changes in a Formatted Text Block and you may encounter other problems. If you are using an unsupported version, you can choose another supported browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, or you can revert to an earlier version of Firefox. The steps to revert are:

  • Since this is an Extended Support Release of Firefox 24.0, go to
  • Click the Download: Windows or Mac OS X link, not one of the download links that are ads.
  • Once the file is downloaded, run it. It will "update" your Firefox back to 24.0
  • Next, go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Update and set it to "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them" rather than "Automatically install updates" which is the default setting. You will get notices to update Firefox to a later version, but you can ignore them until a later version is supported.

Important: Change your layouts to responsive!

If you haven't changed your page layouts to the responsive layouts, please do so now. See the Power Point presentation on the Web Development site for slides that illustrate how to do this. If you have problems, send a note to 'webmaster,' or attend an Open Lab.

To login to CommonSpot

Go to Enter your UW-Stout username and password. We suggest you set a bookmark for your login screen. 

Currently Supported Browsers

We are currently on CommonSpot 9.0.1 which supports any of the following browser versions for authoring content:

  • Internet Explorer 9,10 and 11 (Windows) Note: under certain conditions, limitations in IE11 require that CommonSpot run IE 11in IE 10 mode
  • Firefox 24 ESR* and Firefox 17 ESR* version (Windows, Linux, Mac)
  • Latest versions of Safari (Mac) and Chrome** (Windows, Linux, Mac)

* ESR (Extended Support Release) must be downloaded from

** Limited Copy, Cut, Paste - more info