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Changes In WordPress Backend Not Appearing On Real Live Website?

So, you’ve updated your website from within your WordPress admin panel, hit publish, but the changes aren’t showing up on your live website?

The problem is most likely related to website caching. A cache is basically a temporary store of data which is used to speed up delivery of a web-page to the user, or to manage website memory.

When you’re loading your live website in a browser, many times you are seeing an old version of your site. But, you need to tell your website to ignore the cached (old) version, and instead, to collect a new version of it. This is how it’s done; this is how you clear a WordPress website cache.

How To Clear the WordPress Cache

Before I start, let me point out that your website Theme, or one of your plugins, may be able to clear your cache. So it’s worth checking first.

Step 1. Install a Caching Plugin and Clear the Cache

There are loads of free plugins up to the task in the directory. Most of them also offer other features which will help speed up your website. Here’s a quick list for you to choose from:

  1. Autoptimize
  2. WP-Optimize
  3. W3 Total Cache
  4. LiteSpeed Cache
  5. WP Super Cache

After you install and activate the plugin, there will be an option to Clear the Cache or Delete the Cache. With Autoptimize for example, you’ll see a new button at the top of your WordPress dashboard (as seen in the image below). Simply hit, ‘Delete Cache’, and your website cache will be cleared.

Screenshot of clearing the WordPress cache with Autoptimize

Warning: If you’ve never deleted your website cache before, you may notice some big unexpected changes. For example, you may see months of work that have never fully appeared on the live site.

Step 2. Delete Your Local Browser Cache

If you’ve already completed step 1 but it didn’t work, try deleting your local browser cache.

You can find the option to delete your browser cache in the browser Options tab. In Chrome for example, it can be found in ‘more tools’, and then ‘clear browsing data’. Finally, ‘Clear data’ for ‘All time’.

What Else Could It Be?

If that didn’t work, it may be that you have a slightly more complex website. For example, you may be using a CDN. If so, see if there is an option to clear the CDN’s cache.

Or maybe, you’re with an advertising agency, and don’t realise that they have moved your site to their CDN? Again, find out if you can clear the cache from within their user panel.

More Help?

If you’re having trouble setting this up, or would like more help, get in contact.

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