We’ve all been there. You’ve emailed your trusted WordPress developer and asked him to make a change on your website. He is on top of it, and just like that, he has replied with what you requested. There’s only one problem. You don’t see the change…
This is a common scenario. It happens because of browser caching.
How website caching works
When you visit a website, your browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox) saves bits and pieces of the site to your local computer or device so that it can load the site faster the next time you visit it. By not re-downloading these files the next time you visit the website, the webpage loads more quickly. However, it’s not always ideal when you’re trying to see new changes immediately.
Most websites have what is called a cache system built into them on the server (the remote computer that your website lives on) level or on a website-wide level. These cache systems allow websites to load more quickly than they otherwise would. When your developer clears those caches, your website is forced to reload completely on the next visit. The forced reload enables you and other site visitors to view the up to date version of the website.
However, the developer can’t clear cached files that your browser may still be storing on your computer. If you’ve been to the website recently, the browser may still display some of the cached files saved on your computer. This can cause you to see odd changes or no changes at all. In a short time, these issues usually clear up, but if you want to see changes to your website immediately, you may need to clear your browser cache.
Here are instructions on how to clear the cache for your browser so that you can see the changes sooner on your internet browser: