In my post, I show you how to fix it when you make changes to your blog in WordPress, but the changes are not showing up on your site.
For example, you publish a new blog post but don’t see the content on your website.
There are two common reasons for this issue. you have a cache plugin installed in your WordPress admin that you need to clear. Second, your website browser is serving an older cached version of your website.
Website browsers serve cached copies of your website to reduce loading times. It is quicker to show a saved copy of your blog than to retrieve a fresh one.
By the end of this post, you will be able to clear the browser and plugin cache to ensure you see the latest changes to your website.
What Is Cache?
Saved website data is cache. Website browsers speed up page loading by serving saved data (cached data).
When you visit a site for the first time, your browser will save a copy of the content. The next time you visit the same website, it loads faster.
How To Clear Browser Cache
When you make changes to your content in WordPress and then visit your website, your browser will show you a cached version of your site, not the updated version.
To force it to retrieve a new copy, you need to clear your browser cache.
Go to your site and click on the padlock icon in your address bar.
For example, this is my website’s homepage.
The padlock is to the left of the website URL. Click on it and select ‘Cookies’ from the popup.
Delete all the listed cookies, then click Done.
Deleting clears all saved data. Next, refresh the page. Your browser will retrieve the latest updated version of your website.
Clearing my browser cache worked for me when my changes did not appear. If your website doesn’t show your changes, try clearing your cache plugin.
How To Clear Plugin Cache
Two popular plugins on WordPress are W3 Total Cache and WP Fastest Cache.
On W3 Total cache, there is an option in the toolbar. Open ‘Performance’ and select Purge All Caches.
Once cleared, you get this confirmation message.
On WP Fastest cache, there is also an option on the toolbar. Open ‘Delete cache’ and select ‘Clear All cache’ from the menu.
With this plugin, there is no confirmation message. The screen fades for a few seconds and returns to normal.
Once your plugin has cleared all cache, go to your site and refresh the page. All your updates and changes should show up now.
When you find changes in WordPress are not showing up on your website, it is most probably due to your browser or plugin cache. Clearing caches in your website browser should clear the issue. If it doesn’t, purge the cache on your plugin.
For me, clearing my browser cache works each time. I click on the padlock in the address bar, delete cookies, and refresh the page. Doing this forces the browser to retrieve fresh copies of my website.
If you would like me to add another caching plugin to my post, let me know in the comments.
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Before clearing your browser cache, would you mind sparing one minute to leave me a comment? Did my post help you? Would you like me to include other cache plugins? I enjoy reading your comments.