Clearing Your Browser’s Cache 2

So a client wants to preview the changes that I just made to a site, and they browse but don’t see the changes. What happened to all that work?

First things are first – did the file get saved and uploaded to the site properly? Yes, so then what? My next question is always “W Most times, they have no idea what private data is or at the least, have no idea that it is affecting their preview.

What is a Cache?  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

In computer science, a cache (“cash”) is a collection of data duplicating original values stored elsewhere or computed earlier, where the original data is expensive to fetch (owing to longer access time) or to compute, compared to the cost of reading the cache.

In other words, a cache is a storage area where data that is accessed a lot is stored for faster loading time and/or quicker access to things.  In a way, it’s your browser’s memory and can hold old/out dated versions of things unless it is properly maintained.   Every browser has this feature and it is enabled by default, but clearing it is not.  This must be done manually.

How do you clear your browsing data?  Depending on your browser type, follow the instructions below.

1. Internet Explorer (IE)

2. Mozilla FireFox

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2 thoughts on “Clearing Your Browser’s Cache

  • Eddie Garcia

    This was a very interesting post! I have heard of a cache but I was not aware that it needed to be cleared. Will this slow one’s computer down if it is not cleared on a regular basis? I am using Firefox, so I will take a look and see what I need to do. Thanks again!

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  • Sabra Post author

    Yes, it can slow your internet browsing experience down to a crawl at times and also cause you to not see the most recent information available.