It may not sound like the most thrilling of tasks, but knowing how to clear your cache really comes in handy when it comes to solving problems on your website. Often when changes are made – whether it’s a backend technical update or a visible design change – you may find that it doesn’t show up immediately on your machine. That’s not because it hasn’t taken effect, but because your cache is showing you an older version of your website.
This is because old files are stored in your browser’s cache. To quickly clarify, your website cache is not your browsing history, nor is it your cookies.
People have a tendency to group them all together, and while it’s true that they’re related, they all serve very different functions.
Your browser’s cache stores information about websites, like images or files, so it doesn’t have to keep retrieving the data every time you visit.
Cookies typically store your user-specific information, including the information from online forms, shopping cart contents, or even authentication data.
Your browser history is simply the log of websites you visit. Many browsers are set to auto-clear this information after a specific period of time, but be sure to check your browser’s settings for exact details.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s clear your cache!
You’ll be glad to hear that clearing your cache is quite a straightforward process, but it varies slightly depending on what browser you’re using. We’ve included instructions for each of them below!
There won’t be any pop-up notification or update to tell you so, but rest assured that’s all it takes until you’re done!
If you’re using Chrome, there are a few ways you can do this. We’ll list the two main ways here. The first way will be the fastest and easiest for most users, whereas the second process works for Mac users only.
And that’s it!
Use the keyboard shortcut
Use the window menu
As we’ve previously discussed, there are many benefits to clearing your cache. To summarise, regularly clearing your cache means:
Another large benefit of clearing your cache regularly is that you’ll likely experience fewer login issues on all websites you visit, no matter how frequently or infrequently you use them.
And last but not least: privacy! Since the cache stores images and data from websites you visit, it also stores a bit of your browsing history. If you’re looking to clear your browsing history, then it’s important to make sure you also clear the cache.
Generally, if you’re experiencing issues or bugs on a particular website, including your own, we always recommend you start by clearing your cache. You might be surprised how often this simple measure solves the problem!
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