In this guide, we’ll look at how to clear your browser’s cache, as well as your history and cookies. In addition, we will briefly look at what a browser cache is and how it works.
Browser cache is a temporary storage designed to speed up the loading of sites. It works by storing static files in the computer’s local memory. This reduces the number of requests sent to the web server that contains the actual files, and instead downloads them from local storage. Therefore, when caching elements such as HTML, CSS, JS and images, the browser significantly reduces download time and resource usage.
Cache is a term used to describe temporary storage. Thus, cached data is a set of items stored in the cache store. Whenever a browser requests a specific file, it first checks to see if the resource is available locally. If the object you are looking for is not there, then the browser sends a request to the appropriate web server and saves it as cached data depending on the file type.
Clearing the browser cache deletes all data stored in the temporary storage. As a result, after clearing the entire cache, the first time you access the site, it will take extra time to load. This is because resources cannot be restored locally and must all be delivered by the appropriate web server.
Files stored in the browser’s cache can take up a lot of disk space over time. This can cause your browser to run slower than usual and use additional resources. In addition, outdated cached resources can lead to incorrect display of site content. For example, you may have trouble viewing changes and updates made recently to your site. Therefore, clearing your browser’s cache from time to time can help prevent such features.
To troubleshoot this, you can try Browser hard refresh which allows to bypass the cache on your system and re-download everything for the web page thereby ensuring that you are viewing the most recent version of the web page. Also, clearing the browser cache can be done via the Clear Browsing Data area from the Browser Settings. In this guide from UPQODE’s experts, we’ll look at both ways, and you can use the one that’s more convenient for you
To hard refresh on Google Chrome on Windows, there are two ways you can do it:
To do a hard refresh on Google Chrome on Mac, there are two ways that you can do it:
The official guide for clearing your Chrome cache is also available.
To hard refresh on Firefox on Windows, there are also two easy hotkey commands you can use:
To hard refresh on Firefox on Mac, there are also two easy key combinations that you can use:
You may also read the official guide for clearing your Firefox cache.
To hard refresh safari, there is one simple way to do it.
You may also read the official Safari User Guide and learn more.
You can also read Microsoft’s official guide for clearing your Edge cache.
Now you know what a browser cache is, how it works, and how to clear the cache in different browsers. Remember that not in all cases incorrect display of site content occurs due to the display of data cached in the browser. Many site creation tools, such as WordPress, have their own server-side caching mechanisms. In this case, you will need to clear the WordPress cache.
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