If you have owned a computer for any length of time you likely have experienced the dread of internet slow down. If it gets bad enough that you need to reach out for technical support one of the first things that they will tell you to try is to clear your browser cache. But what does clearing your cache even do? Why does it help?
Your cache is the name for a portion of your hard drive that is dedicated to storing browser files that your browser determines it may need to use again. Web pages are packed with information, and this information is stored in dozens, hundreds and sometimes thousands of files for just one site. Your browser will cache portions of the page for you so in future visits load times are quicker, improving your overall internet experience.
When changes are made to your website like updating a logo, changing a picture, increasing font or changing colors, you may run into trouble with your browser's cache. Occasionally your browser will load your cached info instead of updated portions of the page that you are desiring to view. This can result in a slow down, image errors or not seeing the same thing your web development firm is telling you.
For this reason, if you are working with web pages and making changes to the site. It is important to clear your cache so you are able to see the changes as they will appear to anyone viewing the page for the first time.
Clearing your cache exactly what it sounds like. You are deleting all saved information from your local hard drive that has been stored in the cache. When you return to internet websites that you have been to in the past your browser will “think” you have never been to that page before and cache fresh updates info from the websites.
If you regularly work with web pages and make changes other than simple blogging you should clear your cache regularly. Ensuring that you will be able to see any changes that have been made to your site as they are made.
If you do not make many webpage alterations or want to see web alterations in real-time you might be better off only clearing your cache once a month or bi-monthly.
Clearing your cache is different for every browser. Please see our instructions below for your specific browser:
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