How to clear WordPress cache

How to clear WordPress cache

A cache is one of technology’s greatest innovations. But, it can be a double-edged sword, it can both speed up and slow down your site. As we mentioned in our recently published article about “What is Page Caching”Cached pages make it easier for devices to retrieve information and data more quickly, which allows the device to run faster at greater efficiency. However, caches store information, and that means they can also fill up and become full causing the slow down of your computer or application.

Another issue you may encounter with caching is, sometimes it can cause an issue when websites are updated and developed and no changes are found after refreshing the page several times. This can make it difficult for you to work with your site. 

But all these nullifying things we talked about cache can never outweigh the benefits you get from it. Besides, all these issues you encounter with the cache can be resolve by doing one thing. Clearing the cache!

Getting Started

In this article, we will guide you on how to properly clear the cache of your WordPress site. If you may not already know, caches may come from different sources.  Understand that web browsers we use to access a site will store cached versions of pages on your computer. Plugins may offer caching solutions too so we will cover all of that in this article as well.

Having that said, let’s discuss ways on how to clear your cache in WordPress. Let’s start with clearing your browser’s cache.

Clear Your Browser Cache

The ‘cache’ is a tool utilized by your web browser to accelerate the page loading process. However, sometimes issues may arise when updates or changes are made with your site, but not being saved after refreshing the page multiple times. Or, you fixed an error and the website still doesn’t work. Clearing the cache off of a web browser is actually a significant initial step for practically any troubleshooting for these kinds of issues and a way we can be certain that the changes you made with the site are shown.

Here is a guide on how to clear your browser cache on one of the most popular web browsers, Google Chrome.

Step 1: Head over to the top right corner of the browser. Click on the menu icon and then select More Tools, then Clear Browsing Data.

Clearing Cache - Google Chrome Browser

Step 2: A popup will appear where you can select the content you want to remove. Make sure the option to clear cached images and files is selected, then click the “Clear browsing data” button.

Clearing Cache - Chrome Browsing Data

You have successfully cleared your browser cache, the changes you made with your site will now appear. Other browser settings are similar to Google Chrome. Therefore, this guide is still useful.

If issues persist after clearing the browser cache and refreshing it, chances are, there’s a cache saved by a WordPress plugin. So the next step is to clear the cache in your WordPress caching Plugin.

Clear Cache in Your WordPress Caching Plugin

WordPress site performance is sought after nowadays. Your site taking a few extra seconds to load will harm your ability to engage visitors and make sales. That is why the first thing that a WordPress developer will do is to install a plugin that will speed up your site and that plugin usually includes caching solutions. So clear your plugin’s cache if you are using a WordPress caching plugin. Most of them have few easy steps to clear the page cache and are usually found from the plugin’s Settings page.

Here are the lists of different caching plugins that you may be using:

Clear Cache in Pegasaas Accelerator WP

Pegasaas Accelerator WP offers an all-in-one solution in speeding your site. And caching is one of them. Clearing cache is easy.

On the top mega menu bar, click the “Delete Cache” button.  This will clear the page cache of theentire site.

Clearing Cache - Pegasaas WP Accelerator

Pegasaas cache clearing abilities are more robust than others. There are 10 different ways of clearing the cache in the Pegasaas plugin. For more details, click the link to see our complete guide on “How and When the Pegasaas Page Cache Cleared?”

Clear Cache in WP Rocket

WP Rocket is one of the most popular plugin offering caching solutions. WP Rocket makes sure that your users are always served a cached version of your site because of the built-in feature that proactively builds your WordPress cache in the background.

Clearing cache with WP Rocket is a piece of cake.

Just head to the Settings, click WP Rocket, under the dashboard tab, click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button as shown below.

Clearing Cache - WP Rocket

WP Rocket will now clear all cached filesin just one click.

Clear Cache in WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is also one of the well known WordPress plugin that offers caching solution. Cleaning the cache or purge all cached content is done with just a single click.

You need to visit the Settings, WP Super Cache page and click on the ‘Delete Cache’ button.

Clearing Cache - WP Super Cache

That’s it, WP Super Cache will now delete or purge all cached files from your website.

Clear Cache in W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is another well-known WordPress plugin that offers caching solution. With just one click and cache copies are already cleared.

Just go to Performance, dashboard page and you can click on the ’empty all caches’ button to clear all cached copies.

Clearing Cache - W3 Total Cache

All cached content for your site will now be deleted by W3 Total Cache.

 

Clear Cache in WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache is like many other caching plugins, but with fewer customization options. It’s easier for the average user to get the hang of it.

Head over to the top menu, click the “Delete Cache” or  “Delete Cache and Minified CSS/JS” option.  This will clear the entire site page cache.

Clearing Cache - WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache will now delete all cached content for your site.

 

Clear Cache in Comet Cache

Comet Cache is a PHP caching plugin for WordPress that doesn’t require any complex configuration.

On its dashboard, click the “clear” button with a paint brush icon. This will clear the entire site page cache.

Clearing Cache - Comet Cache

Comet Cache will now delete all cached content for your site.

 

Clear Cache in Cachify

Cachify from the name itself is another plugin that offers several types of caching and what’s great about this plugin is that it works with WordPress multisite installations.

There 2 locations where you can clear the cache in this plugin. 1st, via the top mega menu, “flush site cache” option is available. Also orange “flush cache now” button is another option found on its dashboard.

Clearing Cache - Cachify

Cachify will now delete all of your site’s cached content.

Clearing Cache is Easy

Yes, clearing cache is easy! Although page caching may cause an issue with your site sometimes, as I mentioned earlier in this article, it can never outweigh the benefits you get from it. So use the best page caching plugin you prefer!

We hope this article helped you learn how to clear cache in your browser and WordPress Plugins.

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