When you run into issues with a website, often the first response you receive from support staff is “have you cleared your browser cache?” Perhaps you’re already familiar with the browser cache, or perhaps you’re wondering why just refreshing your page isn’t enough to fix the issue or view the change you made. Let’s review the basics when it comes to the browser cache.
What Is a Browser Cache
Why It’s Important
The cache is important because caching saves your browser a lot of work when loading web pages. The downside, however, is that it sometimes misbehaves, or can interfere with your ability to see changes made on a website. For example, if your web developers have recently made a change in your site’s CSS file to adjust the colors or layout on your site, but your browser is still serving you a cached version of the CSS file, you will still see the old styling on your site (and likely assume your developer has overlooked something). While there are changes that developers can make to the site to encourage your browser to download a new version of a file when they make a change, they have no control over your individual browser, so it’s good to know how to clear your cache in case there’s ever an issue where you just can’t seem to get that change to show up on your end.
Put simply, it’s important to know how to clear your cache so that you can tell your browser to download all new versions of the files which make up a site, and you can be sure you’re viewing the most recent changes.
How to Clear Your Browser Cache
On most browsers, the cache can be cleared by simple pressing the CTRL + F5 keys on your keyboard simultaneously. However, sometimes this does not work, or you are using a touch-screen device without a keyboard, and you will need to clear it manually.
For an excellent guide on how to clear your cache on all the major browsers and devices, please visit https://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/.