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. You publish a new post, but don’t see the new content on your website.
There are two common reasons for this issue. First, you have a cache plugin installed in your WordPress admin that isn’t configured correctly. 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 it is to retrieve a fresh copy.
By the end of this post, you will be able to clear browser and plugin cache to ensure you see the latest changes to your website.
What is cache?
Cache is saved data. Website browsers speed up page loading speed by serving saved data (cached data).
When you visit a site for the first time, your browser will save a copy of the content so that the next time you visit the same website, it loads quicker.
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.
To do this, 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.
In the next popup, delete all the listed cookies, then click on ‘Done’.
This clears all saved data. Next, refresh the page and your browser will retrieve the latest updated version of your website.
Clearing my browser cache worked for me every time my changes did not show up. If your website doesn’t show your changes, try clearing your cache plugin.
How to clear your plugin cache
There are many cache plugins, 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 then returns to normal after the cache has been cleared.
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, clear your cache plugin.
For me, clearing my browser cache works each time. I click on the padlock in the address bar and clear the cookies and refresh the page. This forces the browser to retrieve fresh copies of my website.
If you would like me to add another cache plugin to my post, let me know in the comments.
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Before you start 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 look forward to reading your comments.