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Cache-In: Reaping the Benefits of a Cleared Cache

Jackrabbit Design December 18, 2017 Clients, Productivity, Project Management

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You know the edit was made. It has been confirmed, but you STILL can’t see the change. What is the deal?

9 times out of 10 the answer is simple: your browser is loading a previously stored version the page you’re viewing. All you need to do is clear your browser’s cache.

When you go to a website for the first time, your browser will take a snapshot of the pages as you view them. That way, when you go back to the website at a later time, it will load faster, therefore making your browsing experience better. Normally, this is a great, standard feature in browsers, but there are times when you want to see a new version of a page, like when you or a developer has recently made edits to it.

Taking a snapshot and storing it is called caching. Since every browser does it, every browser has a different way of clearing it’s cache. Fortunately, clearing your browser’s cache won’t remove any stored information like passwords or bookmarks, so you won’t have to worry about losing those.

Once your cache is cleared, head to the website you were trying to view. Your browser will now load the most recent version of the page where you should see all of your changes in effect.

If you still haven’t seen the changes made, you can now officially bug your Project Manager about it (who will then bug their developer)!

Here are ways to clear a browser’s cache within a few of the most commonly used browsers:

Google Chrome:
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. On your browser toolbar, click More > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data.
  3. In the ‘Clear Browsing Data’ box, check the boxes for Cookies and Site Data and Cached images and files.
  4. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose All time to delete everything.
  5. Click Clear browsing data.
  6. Close and reopen your browser window for best results.

Safari:
  1. Open Safari.
  2. On your browser toolbar, click Develop > Empty Caches.
  3. Close and reopen your browser window for best results.

Internet Explorer 10 and 11:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. On your browser toolbar, click Tools > Safety > Delete Browsing History.
  3. Choose the types of data or files you want to delete from your computer, and then click Delete.
  4. Close and reopen your browser window for best results.

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