Why Clearing Your Browser Cache is Important for Viewing Website Updates

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As website designers, we know that creating a website is the beginning of the process. Keeping your site up-to-date and functional is crucial, but sometimes, customers may need help viewing the updates we make to their website. It is often because of their browser cache.

What is a browser cache?

A browser cache is a temporary storage area where your browser saves website data, such as images, videos, and scripts, so they don’t have to be downloaded again the next time you visit the site. As a result, it speeds up the loading time of websites, but it can also cause problems when trying to view site updates.

If you’ve made changes to a website and your customers are not seeing them, their browser may be using the cached version of the site instead of downloading the new version. In this case, clearing their browser cache can resolve the issue.

How to clear your browser cache

Here are the steps to clear your browser cache for some of the most popular browsers:


  • Click on the three dots in the browser’s upper-right corner
  • Select “More tools” > “Clear browsing data”
  • Choose the time range and data types to delete, then click “Clear data”


  • Click on the three horizontal lines in the browser’s upper-right corner
  • Select “Options” > “Privacy & Security”
  • Under “Cookies and Site Data,” click “Clear Data”


  • Click on “Safari” in the upper-left corner of the browser
  • Select “Preferences” > “Advanced”
  • Check the box next to “Show Develop menu in the menu bar”
  • From the Develop menu, select “Empty Caches”

Edge (Chromium-based)

  • Click on the three dots in the browser’s upper-right corner
  • Select “Settings” > “Privacy and services”
  • Under “Clear browsing data,” click “Choose what to clear”.

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the “Settings” (gear) icon in the browser’s upper-right corner
  • Select “Internet options”
  • Under “Browsing history,” click “Delete”.

These steps may differ slightly based on the version of the browser and operating system being used.

In conclusion, clearing your browser cache can help ensure that your customers see the latest updates to your website. By following the simple steps outlined above, they can resolve any issues they may be experiencing and view your website as it was intended.

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