Picture the scene. You've spent hours updating your new, sparkly website. You hit publish, 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 like Chrome and Firefox (I know…) are aware that internet connections can be slow. They also recognised that websites often have pages that basically look the same, just with different content.
So, to speed things up, certain elements are downloaded to 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.
This means that when you re-visit a website, some of the elements are already stored locally on your device to save downloading the same things again and again.
That is why you are seeing the old pages despite publishing the new ones.
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
Method 2 - Clear your Browsing History
Select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions
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.