Clearing Your Cache
When an update is made to a website’s code, sometimes it doesn’t appear right away when you visit the site. One reason is that the old code is still in your computer’s memory or cache. (What is computer cache?)
If browser caching makes pages load faster, why would you ever want to clear your cache? A few reasons come to mind:
- First, clearing your cache forces your browser to retrieve the newest copy available from the website, something that should happen automatically but sometimes does not.
- You might also want to clear the cache if you’re experiencing issues like 404 errors or 502 errors (among others), sometimes indications that your browser’s cache is corrupted.
- Regardless of why you might want to do it, clearing your cache really easy to do in all the popular browsers in use today.
- Your browser’s cache is a collection of web pages, including the text, images, and most other media contained on them, that is stored on your hard drive.
- Having a local copy of a web page makes for very quick loading on your next visit because your computer doesn’t have to download from the Internet all of that same information again.
In most browsers, you can clear the cache from History area in the Settings or Options menu. The steps involved in clearing the browser cache depend entirely on what web browser you’re using.