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Not Seeing Changes? How to View the Most Recent Version of Your Website
Not Seeing Changes? How to View the Most Recent Version of Your Website

How to bypass caching to view the latest version of your website.

Updated over a week ago

Not seeing the latest updates to your website? The issue usually lies with the browser cache, a feature intended to speed up web browsing by saving copies of web pages. Although beneficial, it can occasionally delay the display of updated content, particularly for those who have recently visited the same web page.

Caching only affects users who have visited your website within the last 24 hours or so. So, while updates may not be accessible to you, your visitors will see the newer version of the content.

Quick Fixes to Bypass the Cache

  1. Force Refresh: Quickly bypass the cache for a specific page by pressing Ctrl + F5 (Windows) or Cmd + R (Mac).

  2. Incognito Mode: Open a new incognito or private window. These sessions do not use the existing cache, displaying the latest content.

  3. URL Parameter Method: Append a parameter like /?nocache or /?refresh=1234 to the URL (web address). For example: This prompts the browser to treat it as a new page, bypassing the cache.

Clearing Your Browser Cache

If these steps don't bring up the updated content, clearing the cache is your next move. The instructions for your specific browser can be found here, but here's the general workflow:

  1. Access Browser Settings: Go to your browser’s settings or preferences menu.

  2. Find the Clear Browsing Data Option: Look for an option to clear browsing history, cookies, and cached images and files.

  3. Select the Time Range: To ensure a complete refresh, select "All time" when choosing how far back to clear the cache.

  4. Clear the Cache: Confirm your choice to clear the cache. This might take a few moments.

  5. Restart Your Browser: Close and reopen your browser to apply the changes.

Not sure which browser you are using? See Detect My Browser to find out.

Bonus Tip: Disconnect from Your Wi-Fi Network

If updates don't seem to reflect even after clearing your browser cache, the problem might lie within your modem or network's DNS cache. A straightforward workaround is to access the website from a different device—be it a smartphone, tablet, or another computer.

Try switching off your Wi-Fi and use your cellular connection instead. This simple step ensures you're not relying on potentially outdated DNS information cached by your network, offering a fresh look at the website as it appears to the outside world.

Disconnecting from Wi-Fi on an iPhone:

  1. Open Settings: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

  2. Wi-Fi: Scroll down and tap on Wi-Fi.

  3. Toggle Off: Locate the Wi-Fi network you're connected to and simply toggle it off. Your iPhone will disconnect from that network.

Disconnecting from Wi-Fi on an Android Device:

  1. Open Settings: Go to your Settings app (usually represented by a gear icon).

  2. Network & Internet: Look for Network & Internet or a similar option (the wording may vary depending on your Android version).

  3. Wi-Fi: Tap on Wi-Fi.

  4. Forget Network: Find the network you want to disconnect from, then tap on it. Choose "Forget" or "Forget network" to disconnect completely.

Remember that reconnecting to Wi-Fi later will require you to enter the network password if it's a secured network.

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