What is a Cache? How Do I Delete It?

Another common question that we thought would be helpful to share with Full Serve clients:

What does caching mean? And how do I delete my cache?

A web cache (or HTTP cache) is an information technology for the temporary storage (caching) of web documents, such as HTML pages and images, to reduce server lag. – Wikipedia

Browser Cache

When you use a browser, like Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites. – support.google.com

Sometimes when changes are made to a website, you don’t see them right away because the browser you are using is showing you a cached version of the web page.

Cached pages usually improves the user experience because the page will load faster.  However, if you are trying to view changes made to a page it can be irritating.

How to Clear Your Browser Cache

WordPress Plugins

There are also caching plugins for WordPress that improve site speed. If you are making changes to  a WordPress site and they are not visible, try deleting the cache in the plugin settings and disabling caching until after you are done. If you are just making one change, just delete the cache afterwards instead (no need to disable) and your work should be visible on the website. (If not, try clearing your browser cache as well!).

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