Note: Earlier, I discussed about what the WordPress common issues are and how to solve them – in case if you missed out that part, then you can check the article here. Hope, this tutorial – the second in the series – will also result out to be useful for you. Make sure to write onto the comments below sharing how you feel and think that the content makes sense for your daily WordPress chores (which often happens more than once in a day sometimes). Happy Reading!


You finished writing your great post – your great next post – or added new or deleted old categories or maybe you added a plugin or two. But, what exactly happened, you don’t know as nothing has changed in front of you. Whatever the changes you did, everything still remains the same. You even be wondering that the fixes isn’t got fixed. The condition makes your surprised, panicked, making you screamed out loudly or even shattered for some time, but in real you need not to worry as you don’t have to do nothing like that.

The solution here first before going or digging even a percentage technical inside, calm down first as only then you and me, we can proceed and understand that what actually has happened with you in the last few minutes. Recalling everything for a second or OK if you want time more, think for a minute that what all had happened. The problem in front of you might be because with WordPress, the database, server or something that you did jumbled up. But, wait as you will definitely get your smile back when I tell you that the culprit is your internet browser. Surprised!!! Well let’s now find the potential problem and sole the issue one by one.

Potential Problem #1 – The Browser Cache

The time from when computer was first born and the time when you and me – we both are using it – a lot of tech advancements come in between – and result of which the well known – our day-to-day used gadget (device or gizmo or whatever you like to call it upon) has made our lives much easier. You did notice that when you visit a website for the first time, it takes time and when the next time you open the same site; it opens in friction of seconds. It’s all because of the browser cache which meant to speed up internet browsing for you. The cache stores the web files and information so that the browser can reuse it when the page is refreshed or viewed again.

How To Clear The Browser Cache?

In some cases by just clicking on the Refresh button on the browser toolbar or press the F5 key will let you solve your problem. But, if this doesn’t work for you, then following the steps below will let you clean the browser’s cache so that the changes you did will comes visible to you once you reload the page.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Hold down SHIFT and click on the REFRESH button in the toolbar under the menu.
  • If in case you are having problems clearing out the cache, then you have to force it by choosing from the menu: TOOLS > INTERNET OPTIONS > TEMPORARY FILES and click on Delete Temporary Files.
  • You can choose the checkbox to delete all Internet files as well as clear all your passwords and cookies (if you wish). But if the problem still stands still, then go all the way.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Hold down CTRL+SHIFT+R.
  • If in case you are having problems clearing out the cache, then you have to force it by choosing from the menu: Tools > Options > Privacy > Cache and select Clear.
  • If in case you are using Chris Pederick’s Web Developer Extension, click Miscellaneous and then Clear Cache.

Google Chrome

  • Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Tools and then select Clear browsing data.
  • In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  • Select from clearing everything or for some specific duration you want to delete. If problem still remains, then advisable to delete everything.
  • Click Clear browsing data and you are done.

Potential Problem #2 – A WordPress Cache Plugin

To speed up your WordPress blog, you might add cache functionality in lieu of helping you to have your blog load faster. The idea is good to use the plugin – WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache – as it retrieves the pages of your blog from the cache instead of generating them again and again. But, do you know that if you make any unnecessary changes in the plugin, then these good-called cache plugins will not cleared the old version and keep on showing you that only. It’s always advisable to check the plugin’s instructions well before to find out how to clear its cache.

Suggested Reading: WP Super Cache Vs W3 Total Cache – Which One You Choose?

Potential Problem #3 – Server-side Caching

This third potential problem sustains for some, especially when you are among those who are using a webpage cache plugin called as Varnish on your web server which will result in not displaying the recent files in front of you. Keep remember this that if you want all your edits to appear the same time in front of you, you should either disable caching or configure in such a way that it doesn’t cache the files you are working with.

Also, note that some web hosting services may use cache plugins on the backend for which you probably not having the correct knowledge of it. But, again you can turn it off by visiting your webhost’s configuration panel. If in case, you yourself feel that you are not capable (technically wise) enough to turn it off, then it’s better to ask a support member for your webhost to do the same for you.

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