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How to Clear Your Cache in WordPress

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One of our readers recently asked how to clear the cache in WordPress.

Cached content can be served by your web browser, hosting server, and caching plugins. This can make it difficult to see any changes made to your website immediately.

Clearing your WordPress cache will be the first thing you hear when troubleshooting.

This article will explain how to clear WordPress’ cache. This guide will cover the browser cache, web hosting cache, and the top WordPress caching plugins.

What is Cache and When Do You Need to Clear Cache?

Caching solutions save a static copy of your website. This allows WordPress to skip running the heavier PHP scripts and improve your website speed.

 

How caching works in WordPress

There are many types of caching solutions. WP Rocket and WP Super Cache are the most popular WordPress caching plugins.

These plugins provide an easy-to-use interface to control what is cached, when it expires cached content and how to clean up the cache.

Managed WordPress hosting providers like WP Engine also run their own caching solutions, so that you don’t have to install a caching plugin.

A CDN service such as MaxCDN would serve cached copies of static content.

You can use a web application firewall such as Sucuri or Cloudflare to increase your WordPress security. They also have their own cache which will speed up your site and reduce downtime.

Modern web browsers also save cached pages to your computer.

Caching serves two purposes: to speed up websites and improve the user experience. Sometimes, however, you may not be able to see any changes you made immediately. This can lead to frustration. To see your changes live, you’ll need to clear caches.

Step 1: Clear Your Browser Cache

Clearing your browser cache is the first step. To make your next visits quicker, most web browsers can save static content such as stylesheets, JavaScript, and images from websites.

Sometimes, however, web browsers might not be able to recognize that a page has changed. They may instead of fetching a new copy, but they might still reload it from the cached version on your computer.

This is how to clear your Google Chrome browser cache. Click on the menu icon, then click on Clean up. Clear Browsing Data >> More Tools.

Clear cache in Google Chrome

A popup will appear where you can choose the content to be removed. Check the cached files and images option and click on the “Clear browsing data” button.

Clear browsing data in Google Chrome

Your browser cache has been cleared successfully. Now you can visit your website.

If you still are not seeing the results of the changes that you have made, you can continue to the next section.

Step 2: Clear Cache in Your WordPress Caching Plugin

Clearing your plugin cache is necessary if you use a WordPress caching plug-in on your website. You can do this easily from the Settings page of most caching plugins.

Clear Cache in WP Rocket

WP Rocket is the best WordPress caching plugin on the market. WP Rocket’s best feature is its ability to build your WordPress cache in the background so that your users always have a cached version.

It makes it easy to delete cache files in one click.

Simply visit the settings >> WP RocketClick on the “Clear Cache” button located under the dashboard tab.

Clear WP Rocket cache

WP Rocket will now delete all cached files.

Clear Cache in WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a popular WordPress caching plugin. This plugin allows you to purge or clean all cached content in one click.

Visit! Settings >> WP Super CacheClick on the Delete Cache button at the bottom of the page.

Delete cache in WP Super Cache

This is it. WP Super Cache will now remove all cached files from the website.

Clear Cache in W3 Total Cache

Another popular WordPress caching plugin is W3 Total Cache. It makes clearing cache a breeze with just one click.

Go to performance >> dashboard click on the ‘Erase all Caches’ button at the bottom of the page.

Empty cache in W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache will now remove all cached content from your site.

Clear Cache on WP Engine

WP Engine is managed WordPress hosting. Their caching system is their own, so customers don’t have to install any caching plugin.

If you do not notice any changes taking effect immediately, you can clear WP Engine cache in your WordPress admin area.

Click on the WP Engine menu in the admin bar, then click on the purge all caches button under “General” settings.

Clear WP Engine cache

WP Engine will now delete all cache files for your WordPress site.

Clear Cache at Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best WordPress hosting companies in the business. These hosting companies offer built-in caching that will instantly increase your WordPress speed and performance.

Bluehost WordPress cache can be cleared from the WordPress admin area.

Log in to your WordPress admin area. You will see a “Caching” button in the admin toolbar. Click on the link to purge all caches.

Clear WordPress cache in Bluehost

Clear Cache in SiteGround

SiteGround is a leading WordPress hosting provider that’s known for speed and top-notch customer support. You can improve the performance of your website with their built-in caching.

You can clear the SiteGround cache from your hosting account control panel as well as the WordPress admin area. Both methods will be shown to you.

Clear SiteGround cache

Log in to your hosting account dashboard. Caching >> Speed page under site tools.

You can now switch to the Dynamic cache tab from here. Click the menu icon near your domain name to select the Flush cache option.

Clear cache on SiteGround

Clear SiteGround cache in the WordPress admin dashboard

You can also manage the SiteGround cache by installing and activating the SG Optimizer plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, click on the PurgeSG Cache button in the WordPress admin toolbar.

Purge SiteGround cache

This plugin will now clear the SiteGround WordPress cache.

Clear Cache in Sucuri

You can also use a WordPress firewall such as Sucuri to protect your site.

Clear the cache of your Sucuri plugin using this linkSucuri >> WAFMenu in your WordPress admin area.

Sucuri Clear Cache

We hope you found this article helpful in clearing your WordPress cache.

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