Have you ever gone to a website you visit often, and noticed their formatting went crazy? Or have you ever made updates to your website, and …nothing happened?
Your browser may be hiding things from you.
Learn how to clear your cookies and cache, and see the true colors of your website.
As you surf the net, your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) saves or “caches” files from the websites you visit.
Your “cache” works like a time capsule, saving a version of the website. This makes your browsing experience faster for sites you visit often, but can get in the way of viewing updates to your site.
Here’s how to clear your cache and cookies to make sure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date version of the website:
If you use Chrome:
- On the right side, click 3 bars right below the red x. It’s the control panel
- Then click ‘Tools’ then ‘Clear browsing data’
- Select ‘Delete cookies’ and ‘Empty cache’
If you use Safari:
- Click the gear in the upper right corner, then click ‘Reset Safari’
- Only select ‘Remove all website data’ then click reset
If you use Firefox:
- Click the Firefox button in the upper left corner
- Click ‘History’ then click ‘Clear Recent History’
- In the dialog box that appears, check only ‘Cookies’ and ‘Cache’
- Click ‘Clear Now’ and then the box will close
If you use Internet Explorer:
- Click the setting button in the right corner, it looks like a gear
- Then in the middle where it says ‘Browsing history’, click delete
- Select ONLY ‘Temporary Internet files and website files’ and ‘Cookies and website data’
- Click ‘Delete’ then ‘Close’
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