Do you ever get frustrated when your webpage won’t load the way you want it to? It is even more irritating when you swear you requested edits from your web developer, but nothing looks like it has changed! What are you paying them for anyway if they can’t do their job?
Let’s take a breather.
First, I can almost assure you the edits were made (if it was done by our web developer of course) and second, there is a much simpler (and less frustrating) way to load your website the correct way. It isn’t just refreshing the page—it’s called caching.
What is Caching?
Rather than re-downloading every piece of content like you normally do when you refresh a web page, caching is a hard refresh that allows you to reload only what has changed. It is a much simpler way to access new information or edits on your webpage.
Why Should You Do It
Caching gives users a much better experience by not only allowing for a faster loading time but by showing any edits that were made to the site that wouldn’t usually show up using a simple refresh.
When Should You Do It?
If a website looks weird or isn’t loading properly, you typically refresh your page. But if that doesn’t do it, you should clear your cache so that your browser can reach back out and fetch a brand new version of that webpage. Sometimes, when you think something is still messed it up, it really isn’t. You just haven’t cleared your cache.
So… How Do You Do It?
It’s very simple. If you are in your browser, first click on Refresh or Control R. If this doesn’t work, hold down the Fn and F5 button at the same time. That’s it! You’ve just cleared your cache.