How To Clear Your Cache In WordPress? [Step By Step Guide]

4 Ways To Clear Cache In WordPress

Installing a WordPress cache plugin helps to speed up the website loading speed. But, it could make it difficult for you to see the changes you made to your site right away. here are 4 ways to properly clear WordPress cache.
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Clear Browser Cache

Most web browsers can store static content like stylesheets, JavaScript, images from a website to make your subsequent visits faster. Clearing the browser cache is a step you cannot miss.
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Clear CDN Cache

CDN helps to deliver static files from various databases around the world to speed up website loading speed. Clearing the CDN cache is an important step to perform a complete clearing of cache.
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Clear Cache Plugin

If you are using a WordPress caching plugin on your site, then you need to clear your plugin cache. Most caching plugins allow you to easily do that from the plugin’s settings page.
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Clear Hosting Cache

Some web hosting services offer inbuilt cache system. Ensure that you perform a purge in the cache to ensure that new and updated files can be stored and delivered to your website visitors.
How To Clear Cache In WordPress Browser Cache

1. How To Clear Browser Cache Correctly?

The first step is to clear your browser cache. With today's technology, browsers such as Chrome and Firefox keep static content like stylesheets, JavaScript, images from a website—which helps to speed up the loading speed of the website upon future visits.

While this is a good thing, it also has its downfall. At times, web browsers may fail to realize that a web page had changed. Therefore, instead of fetching the latest version, the browser may still load the page from the cached version stored on the browser.

Here is how you will clean your browser cache in Google Chrome and Firefox.

Do you know that clearing WordPress cache is extremely important, especially when you are using WordPress drag and drop builders?

a) How to clear browser cache in Google Chrome?

How To Clear Browser Cache In Chrome

First you need to click on the menu icon and then select More Tools » Clear Browsing Data (as you can see above). 

After that, a popup will be visible where you can select the content you want to remove. We recommend you to check the options (cached images and files) to clear the browser cache completely. Lastly, click on ‘Clear data’ button.

You may also choose the time range to further customize the purging of cache process.

Clearing WordPress Cache In Chrome Browser

Once the cache is cleared, you should be able to see the new version of the website upon refreshing the page.

If you are still not seeing the changes you made, then move on to the next steps in this article.

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b) How to clear browser cache in Mozilla FireFox?

How To Clear Browser Cache In Firefox

Clearing browser cache on Firefox is pretty similar to Chrome. Head over to Options » Privacy & Policy » Cookies and Site Data » Clear Data.

The final step which is clearing the data will look like the below.

Clearing Browser Cache In Firefox

Once the cache is cleared, you should be able to see the new version of the website upon refreshing the page.

If you are still not seeing the changes you made, then move on to the next steps in this article.

BONUS: Do you know that you can hard refresh the page by pressing CTRL + Shift + F5?

How To Clear Cache In WordPress Cache Plugin

2. How To Clear Cache in Your WordPress Caching Plugin?

Nearly every WordPress powered website uses a cache plugin of some sort. Of course, the popular WordPress plugins are W3 Total Cache (W3TC) and WP Super Cache. Lucky for you, most caching plugins allow you to easily do that from the plugin’s settings page.

No coding skills and most of the time, it involves just a few clicks and you're all set.

a) How To Clear Cache On W3 Total Cache?

W3 Total Cache or W3TC is one of the most popular WordPress caching plugin for both beginners and advanced users. It also makes it super easy to clear cache with one click.

Here's how you clear cache in your WordPress using W3TC.

Head over to Performance » Dashboard page and click on ’empty all caches button. Doing this will clear the entire cache saved by W3TC.

How To Clear W3 Total Cache Cache

b) How To Clear Cache On WP Super Cache?

Another great WordPress cache plugin is WP Super Cache. Most bloggers opt for this plugin because it is easier to setup compared to W3TC and chance of messing up the setting is very slim.

Here's how you clear cache in your WordPress using WP Super Cache.

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

How To Clear Cache In WP Super Cache Plugin

Once that is done, WP Super Cache will clear and remove all the cache.

How To Clear Cache In WordPress Hosting

3. How To Clear Cache in Your WordPress Hosting?

Premium WordPress hosting services such as Kinsta, WP Engine and SiteGround offer inbuilt cache system—so that you don't have to crack your head in setting up the cache plugin.

If you are using either one of them or hosting plan that comes with an inbuilt cache system, there is an additional step in clearing the cache in your WordPress website.

Here's how it is done.

a) How To Clear Cache On WP Engine?

WP Engine is a managed WordPress hosting provider and by far, this is one of the most popular WordPress hosting provider used by WordPress professionals. They run their own caching solution, so their customers don’t need to install a caching plugin.

If you want to see changes take effect immediately, you need to clear the WP Engine cache from your WordPress admin area.

Here's how it is done.

WP Engine menu item (admin bar) » General » Dynamic Page & Database Cache Control » Purge All Caches

How To Clear Cache In WP Engine

Once that is done, WP Engine will start clearing all the cache database stored.

b) How To Clear Cache On Kinsta Hosting?

Kinsta is another great alternative to WP Engine, and this is also one of those managed WordPress hosting that we recommend dearly to our clients.

Clearing WordPress cache in Kinsta hosting is easy and here's how it is done.

Login to Kinsta backend » Sites (choose your website from the list) » Tools » Clear site cache

How To Clear WordPress Cache In Kinsta

Once that is done, Kinsta WordPress hosting will start clearing all the cache database stored.

c) How To Clear SiteGround Cache?

Last but not least, SiteGround is a powerful WordPress hosting that doesn't burn a hole in your wallet. It is important to understand that SiteGround performs several layers of caching, including dynamic and manual caching. Both of these are done on server side and there is also SiteGround cache a.k.a. SG Optimizer which works well with the server side caching.

To clear the SiteGround cache, you need to login to SiteGround backend and look for the cache setting. Click on Flush Cache to remove all cached in the system.

How To Clear Cache In SiteGround

Flushing cache on SiteGround often takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

How To Clear Cache In CDN Servers

4. How To Clear CDN Cache?

Do you use a Content Delivery Network to speed up the website loading speed for your visitors? If yes, this quick tutorial will teach you exactly how to clear cache in your CDN.

The most common and free CDN service for WordPress users is CloudFlare. On a free account, it provides limited but sufficient CDN and security services. Premium plans are available for better optimization and speed boost.

In order to clear CloudFlare CDN cache, login to CloudFlare backend » Caching » Purge Cache » Purge Everything.

How To Clear Cache In CloudFlare CDN

Once you had purged the cache in CloudFlare, it takes around 30 seconds to complete the entire cache cleaning process.

Summary: Step By Step Clearing Cache In WordPress

Clearing cache in WordPress is an important step to ensure that your website is always loading the latest version. If you are using visual builders like we do, clearing the cache in a timely manner would lead to smoother web development process.

We hope this article helped you learn how to clear cache in WordPress. If you liked this article, please share this with your friends and leave a comment if you have any questions.

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