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Clearing your browser cache

Clear your browser cache

Made a change to your website but it's not showing on your screen? The likely cause is your browser cache.

Browsers store downloaded files locally on your computer to save time and bandwidth when you surf the internet.

Clearing these files can also solve issues where corrupted files are causing odd browser behaviour, clearing the cache is the first thing to do when you are getting odd results from your browser.

WINDOWS - press <CONTROL> <SHIFT> <DELETE>at the same time

Clearing your cache on windows is super easy. With your browser window open and active press <CONTROL> <SHIFT> <DELETE> at the same time and a window will pop up. Select the files you want to remove and click CLEAR. NOTE: if you delete cookies you will lose logins and other data that makes online life more convenient but it is good practice to do this occasionally.

MAC - SAFARI

This is also simple, but you need to see a hidden tool bar option.

To show the developers’ option in your toolbar by Preferences > Privacy > Advanced > Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar

Then scroll down to the EMPTY CACHES option and click on it.

You then get the same options as Windows regarding what to clear.

SURFING WITHOUT YOUR CACHE ENABLED

Again this is simple.  Using an INCOGNITO or PRIVATE BROWSING window stops the browser storing history and files locally.

We do all our website testing using an incognito window as it forces a fresh download from the site everytime you load it so you are guarenteed to see the latest version.

SERVER CACHING

Be aware that many websites use caching on their server to reduce page delivery times and speed up sites, so if your provider is doing this you should ask for the cache to be turned off while you are developing or making changes.

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