This blog posts contains a step-by-step guide on how to clear browser cache.

What is a Browser Cache?

Simply put, caching means placing something in storage on the chance that it may come in use later. A browser or Web cache does exactly that, except by using program and website assets. When you visit a website, your browser takes pieces of the page and stores them on your computer’s hard drive. 

Why You May Need To Clear Your Cache 

Browser caching is useful for speeding up page loading times. 

However, you also want information to be up-to-date and accurate. If your browser loads an old copy of a page instead of the most recent version, you may be looking at content that’s no longer relevant.

Typically, this works seamlessly, but problems can arise if your browser fails to notice the content you’re trying to access has been modified.

Some specific circumstances where this may be the case include: 

  • When making changes to content on your WordPress site that doesn’t appear to be updating.
  • Updating a plugin or theme where the new code isn’t executing properly.

Clearing your browser cache can also help resolve several common errors, including:  

  • 401 responses
  • 502 Bad Gateway errors
  • Plugin conflicts

In short, if you’re experiencing any kind of problem with your WordPress site, it is always smart to try clearing your browser cache before doing anything else. Clearing your browser’s cache won’t cause any further problems and is often a very quick and effective fix that you can handle by yourself.  

3 Steps To Clearing Your Browser’s Cache in Google Chrome

     Step 1: Open Your Chrome Browser Settings

Open Google Chrome and click the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.

Then click settings, which will open your browser settings in a new tab.

     Step 2: Navigate to Your Privacy and Security Settings

 

In the new tab opened for your browser settings click on Privacy and Security.

Next, click Clear Browsing Data. 

     Step 3: Clear the Cached Images and Files

In the Clear browsing data window, you can choose from multiple types of data that you may want to remove from Chrome. You can choose as many as you want and delete them all at once. However, for the purposes of clearing your browser cache, make sure that Cached images and files are selected to delete.

Lastly click Clear Data.

2 Steps To Clearing Your Browser’s Cache in Safari on DESKTOP

     Step 1: Access Your Safari Settings

On your desktop or laptop, simply open your browser and select Safari in your computer’s toolbar, located in the upper left hand corner of your screen. 

     Step 2: Clear All History and Website Data

Unlike in Google Chrome, Safari does not give you the option to pick and choose which browser data you remove. As such, whenever you clear your browser cache, you’ll also be removing your history, cookies, and other data. After opening the Safari Settings click Clear History…

Next, click Clear History in the pop up window.

2 Steps To Clearing Your Browser’s Cache in Safari on MOBILE

     Step 1: Access Your Safari Settings

On your mobile device choose the Settings App.

Next scroll down until you see Safari and click it to open its settings.

     Step 2: Clear All History and Website Data

On your mobile device, scroll down to the Clear History and Website Data option and click it.

A pop up screen will appear asking if you want to Clear History and Data, click it.

3 Steps To Clearing Your Browser’s Cache in Mozilla Firefox

     Step 1: Access Your Firefox Settings

To open your browser settings in Firefox, click on the hamburger icon (3 stacked horizontal lines) in the top-right corner.

Then select Preferences. This will open a window for the general settings page. 

     Step 2: View Your Privacy & Security Settings

Much like Chrome, you’ll need to navigate to the Privacy & Security section of your browser settings – from the left-hand menu – to access your cache options.

Note that, unlike in Chrome, you cannot scroll to access these settings.

     Step 3: Clear Your Data

Scroll down until you find the Cookies and Site Data section

Click the Clear Data… Button

Firefox only gives two types of site data here that you can remove. Make sure that Cached Web Content is checked, then click on the Clear button.

Lastly, Firefox will ask you if you want to confirm your choice, in which you will choose Clear

Conclusion 

Knowing how to clear Brower Cache is a quick and effective way to fix many errors you may encounter when working with WordPress or simply surfing the web. For more tips, visit our blog.

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