Sometimes I have clients ask, “Why cant I see the latest version of my webpages?” I usually suggest they clear their browser cache and refresh. Sometimes there is a silent pause followed by a “what?” So, I decided to put up a bit more details on the subject.
If you don’t see changes made to your website, your web browser is most likely showing you web pages as it “remembers” them, not as they actually are. Clearing your Web browser cache forces the browser to load the latest versions of Web pages and programs you visit.
Internet Explorer (…you should use another browser anyway – read more)
- Click Tools from the Internet Explorer menubar
- Click Internet Options
- Click the General tab
- Click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet files section
- If you still have a problem, repeat the steps above and restart the computer.
Firefox (good choice)
- Click Edit from the Firefox menubar
- Click Preferences from the Edit menu
- Expand the Advanced menu by clicking the plus sign
- Click Cache
- Click the Clear Cache button
Chrome (also a good choice)
- Click the wrench icon on browser tool bar
- Select Tools
- Select Clear browsing data
- In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove
- Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
- Click Clear browsing data
- Click Edit from the Opera menubar
- Click Preferences from the File menu
- Click the History and Cache menu
- Click Cache
- Click ok to close the Preferences menu
- Please refer to the Opera support page on Web caching for more detailed information.