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How to clear your browser cache?

Hard reload method

The fastest and easiest way to load an un-cached version of your website is to hard reload your page, by using the following key combinations:

  • For a desktop PC: hold down CTRL + F5
  • For a Mac: hold down command+shift+r 

When using this option, the page will reload and none of the cached data will be used to show the website in your browser. This will force the browser to re-download all of the data needed to display the website.

Empty Cache

The best way to clear your browser's cache is to manually delete it all. If the page you are browsing makes any after-the-fact downloads via JavaScript that weren't part of page load, then a hard reload might still use the cache. In this case you will need to empty the cache of your browser. Depending on the browser you are using, you need to follow certain instructions to accomplish this. 

Click below, to see how to empty your browser's cache:

What is browser cache?

The browser cache is a temporary storage location on your computer for files downloaded by your browser to display websites. Files that are cached locally include any documents that make up a website, such as html files, CSS style sheets, JavaScript scripts, as well as graphic images and other multimedia content. 

In short, browsers typically cache what are known as "static assets" - parts of a website that do not change from visit to visit. The main reasons why this is done is so that websites load faster, web designers can create high quality websites while the visitors enjoy a fast and comfortable browsing experience.

Why do you need to clear/empty your browser's cache?

When developing your website, the browser cache can create a discrepancy between what you see and have set up in the back end and what you see on the live website. In order to make sure that the discrepancy that you are experiencing is something you should worry about, or that you are simply seeing a cached (older) version of your website, you need to clear the browser cache.