Why are my WordPress changes not showing on my website?

If you are a WordPress user and you update your website frequently, you probably have ran into the issue of your changes not showing on the front end of the website, grrrr so annoying! If this has happened to you, I have the solution.

Why are my changes not showing????

When your changes are not showing this is usually caused by caching. Caching is the process of storing copies of files in a temporary storage location, so that they can be accessed more quickly. Web browsers cache HTML files, JavaScript, and images in order to load websites more quickly, while DNS servers cache DNS records for faster lookups and CDN servers cache content to reduce latency. Basically your website will run faster.

How To Fix It

So how do you fix this? It’s easy, just clear your cache and do a hard reload. Follow the steps below depending on which browser you use:

Browser Cache and Hard Reload

Using Chrome
Step 1. Right Click on the web page you are updating.
Step 2. Click on Inspect
Step 3. Click and hold the refresh button.
Step 4. Click on “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”.
Using Firefox
  1. Hold the Ctrl key and press the F5 key.
  2. Or, hold down Ctrl and ⇧ Shift and then press R.
  1. Hold down the ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button.
  2. Or, hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift and then press R.

Website Caching

Your website may be using a caching plugin, you will also need to clear this cache. Since there are tons of caching plugins out there I can’t really make a tutorial for clearing each out, you will need to refer to your plugin documentation for instructions.

CDN Cache

If you are not sure what a CDN is then there is probably a good chance your website doesn’t use this but if you do then make sure to clear your CDN cache.

Still Not Showing?

If none of these worked for you, then please leave a comment and I will help you out. Thanks for reading.
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