We love WordPress and we work with WordPress CMS over 12 hours a day (yes, talk about work life balance!). One of the most annoying thing that can happen when working with WordPress is this — WordPress not saving changes. This is by far the most annoying thing that can happen to a WordPress developer or a WordPress agency.
Alright, we get it.
Nothing is perfect and while WordPress is pretty close to perfect, some problems do happen from time to time. In today's article, we are going to help you with WordPress troubleshooting.
To be exact, simple steps you can take when WordPress not saving changes.
It’s not uncommon to see the changes you make on your WordPress site immediately. Here we will list down some common situations that most users encounter.
If you are encountering either of these changes, check out the following fixes.
This is by far the most common issue that will make WordPress not updating properly (or look like).
If you are using Chrome, it is known for 'extreme caching' which will cache literally everything.
While this helps to improve your browser experience, this can make WordPress not updating properly.
Here's the thing. Your WordPress may be updated—but the browser cache isn't. When this happens, you are looking at old data and not the latest one.
The easiest way is to use CTRL+Shift+R if you are using Windows or Cmd+R if you are using Mac.
Cache plugins are used in WordPress sites with the main purpose of enhancing speed and performance.
However, a WordPress cache plugin that is wrongly configured could also lead to WordPress not updating properly too.
Thankfully, all popular WordPress plugins such as WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache and Super Cache plugin come with 1-click cache clearing.
Once the cache is cleared from the plugin, we recommend you to clear your browser cache as well before checking on the WordPress site. If clearing the cache doesn't work, you can opt to disable any cache plugin that you may have installed on your site. If, after deactivating, the problem does not resolve, then you need to ensure that your cache plugin is correctly set.
Setting up a WordPress cache plugin can be a tricky business as no two websites are similar. If you are setting up yourself, always go for the safest setting and enable additional features one by one.
This will ensure that you doný break anything on the WordPress site.
If your WordPress is not updating, temporary disabling the CDN could prove to be helpful in many cases.
CDN is great for high traffic sites but it could also lead to excessive caching which will impact you.
Cloudflare is one of the most popular CDN service and you can easily turn on the Development Mode to disable Cloudflare almost instantly.
If you are using manged WordPress hosting solution like Kinsta, you can easily clear the cache from the hosting control panels.
It is common for hosting providers to store cache on their servers to make your site load faster when users visit your site.
Some web hosts do it by default (e.g. managed WordPress hosting) while some other web hosts require that you turn on this feature manually from the cPanel.
The easiest way to do so is by heading to your web hosting control panels and clear the cache yourself. Here's how we do it via Kinsta dashboard.
You can also contact the web hosting support team to assist you with clearing the server cache.
Coding errors are some of the major mistakes that most WordPress developers have to deal with. These errors cause WordPress sites to refuse to save any changes.
For example, if you make changes to stylel.css file, you’ll view the style1.css file. The first file name is lower case “L” while the second file name has the digit “1.”
As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended not to leave any blank spaces in any PHP file and most importantly, to choose easily distinguishable names for different folders and file types on your website.
Working on your WordPress site too fast right after a website migration might lead to WordPress not updating too a.k.a. WordPress not saving changes.
This is because the new hosting DNS is not properly propagated and therefore, making your browser only to fetch content from the old server.
To ensure that you do not fall into this trap, the best thing is to avoid carrying out any changes to the WordPress site until your DNS is completely propagated. This process will normally take about 24-48 hours.
Right after DNS propagation, we recommend our clients to do a full browser cache clearing, as well as clearing WordPress cache properly.
While there are many reasons to why WordPress not saving changes or WordPress not updating, the above fixes are easy to follow and more importantly, they work each time without fail.
We hope that this article will help you resolve the above issue so that you can get your website up and running again. Feel free to share this post or leave a comment or suggestion.