Caching is the process of saving website assets (files, images, etc.) to a temporary storage location so they can be quickly accessed. Put simply, caching allows pages to load faster. Woohoo!
However, these cached assets maybe be out of date and can prevent you from viewing recent changes you’ve made to your site, which can be frustrating.
There are a few different layers of caching that occur from the site host (in your case, Flywheel) to your browser. There are many methods available to either circumvent or clear these caches, which we’ll go over below. Follow these steps in order and you’ll be viewing your beautiful site changes in no time!
Flywheel caches your site at the server level to help make your site super speedy (we call it FlyCache). Also, some plugins and themes manage their own cache to improve site performance. Clearing these caches can ensure the server is providing the most recent changes to visitors.
When you visit a site, your browser stores files and images directly on your device. Here are some methods to either bypass or purge your browser’s cache.
?=and a unique string to the end of the URL, for example
?=nocache1. Press Enter to load the page with the cache busting string. Each time you try the cache busting string method, you’ll need to update the string (e.g.,
Your computer, tablet, or smartphone will often cache DNS lookups. It’s not very common, but sometimes this can prevent changes from being displayed.
Sometimes the network you’re connecting to is the caching layer causing issues.
Your ISP (internet service provider) may cache pages as well. While you can’t directly flush an ISP cache, assets are usually only cached for about 30 minutes.
If you’ve gone through all the steps above and you’re still unable to view your changes, caching may not actually be causing the issues.
Perhaps your changes didn’t save or they were made on the staging environment and you’re viewing a production URL.
If you get stumped, our Happiness Engineers are always here to help!
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