Count to 10 & Clear your Cache

Clear your Cache
Picture the scene. You've spent hours updating your website. You hit publish and then check the website in your browser ready to bask in your brilliance. Hang on! What's this? It looks the same as before. Nothing has changed.

Time to take a deep breath and count to 10. It's just the pesky cache trying to shred your nerves.

What's the Cache?

The people that design browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) know that internet connections can be slow. They are also aware that many websites have pages that a) look the same and b) are not updated on an hourly/daily basis. So, to speed things up, certain elements - text, images, videos, etc. - are downloaded to a special storage space (or cache) on your hard disk for future use. Why? It's quicker to get data from your hard disk than it is to download it from the internet. That's why you are seeing the old version of your website despite publishing new content.

By default, any cache will expire after a while, but sometimes you haven't got time to wait.

How to Clear that Cache

Now down to business. How to get rid of this mysterious cache.

Method 1 - Keyboard
If you are using a keyboard, try pressing the following keys
Windows: Ctrl + F5
Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R
Linux: F5

Method 2 - Clear your Browsing History
Select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions
Google Chrome
Firefox –
Internet Explorer
Safari (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)
How to clear Safari (Mac)

Method 3 - Ask your Hosting Company
If all else fails, contact your hosting provider. They may have a simple cache clearing solution.