Your browser, web server, and caching plugins installed on your website can all serve cached content which can make it difficult for you to see the changes you made to your website right away. In this article, we will show you how to clear WordPress cache properly.
What is Cache, Why and When Do You Need to Clear Cache?
Caching system stores a static version of your website. This allows WordPress to skip running the heavier PHP scripts and improve your blog/website fast
There are many different types of caching solutions available. The most popular plugins are WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache.
If you are using WordPress hosting you don’t have to install a caching plugin. WordPress Hosting providers also run their own caching solutions like WPEngine.
If you are using a CDN service, then they would also serve cached copies of static content. As like MaxCDN
If you’re using a web application firewall like Sucuri or CloudFlare to improve your WordPress security, then they also have their own cache to speed up your site and reduce downtime.
At last, your web browser may also store cached versions of pages on your computer.
Clear WordPress Cache from your web browser (Chrome)
Step 1. First, you need to click on the menu icon
Step 2. Then select More Tools » Clear Browsing Data.
Step 3. Then you will see a popup where you can select the content you want to remove. Make sure that cached images and files is checked and then click on ‘Clear browsing data’ button.
You have successfully cleared your browser cache, and you can now try visiting your website.
Clear Cache in Your WordPress Caching Plugin
If you are using any WordPress caching plugin on your website, then you need to clear your plugin cache. Most caching plugins allow you to easily do that from the plugin’s settings page.
Clear Cache in WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is the most popular WordPress caching plugin. It allows you to clean or purge all cached content with a single click.
Step 1. You need to visit Settings
Step 2. Then Go to WP Super Cache page
Step 3. Then click on ‘Delete Cache’ button.
That’s all, WP Super Cache will now delete all cached files from your website.
Clear Cache in W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is also a popular WordPress caching plugin. It also makes it easy to clear cache with one click.
Step 1. Head over to Performance
Step 2. Then Go To Dashboard page
Step 3. and Then click on ’empty all caches button.
W3 Total Cache will now delete all cached content for your site.
Clear Cache on WPEngine
WPEngine is a managed by WordPress hosting provider. They run their own caching solution, so their customers don’t need to install a caching plugin.
If you are unable to notice changes take effect immediately, then you can easily clear WPEngine cache from your WordPress admin area.
Step 1. Click on the WPEngine menu item in the admin bar
Step 2. Then under ‘General’ settings click on purge all caches button.
WPEngine will now purge all stored cache for your WordPress site.