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Written by Editorial Team on June 3, 2020

6 Steps To Fix WordPress Not Saving Changes Problem

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.

Three common symptoms that WordPress is not updating properly

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.

  • New posts not updating on your WordPress homepage: This is one of the most common issues that has been reported by most users. The problem occurs when you publish a new post. While you can see the post from your admin area by clicking on the view post link, you are unable to view the post from the front end on the main page.
  • Plugins and widgets not updating: Another common issue is that of plugins, sidebars, or widgets failing to show any changes made to them right away on the homepage.
  • CSS not updating: Sometimes, your site does not reflect any changes when you customize it. This normally occurs after changing your website’s layout or adding some CSS.

If you are encountering either of these changes, check out the following fixes.

Clear browser cache

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.

How to clear browser cache to fix WordPress not saving changes
~How to clear browser cache to fix WordPress not saving changes?

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.

How to clear browser cache?

The easiest way is to use CTRL+Shift+R if you are using Windows or Cmd+R if you are using Mac.

Misconfigured WordPress cache plugin

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.

How to clear WordPress cache plugin to solve WordPress not saving changes
~A WordPress cache plugin could be the culprit for WordPress not saving changes

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.

Step by step guide in configuring WP Rocket

Want blazing fast loading speed no matter what hosting you are in? Here's how we configure our WP Rocket plugin.

How to setup WordPress cache plugin properly?

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.

Temporary disable CDN cache

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.

Disable CDN to solve WordPress not updating
~Disable CDN to solve WordPress not updating

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.

Clear CDN cache to fix WordPress not updating properly
~How to clear CDN cache on Kinsta hosting?

Uncleared server cache

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.

Clear server cache to fix WordPress not saving changes
~Excessive server caching could also be a problem

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.

Clear Kinsta Server Cache To Fix WordPress Not Updating Issue
~Kinsta hosting makes it easy to clear site cache in just 1-click

You can also contact the web hosting support team to assist you with clearing the server cache.

Coding error

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.”

Coding Error Leads To WordPress Not Saving Changes
~Coding error is one common factor for WordPress not updating properly

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.

DNS propagation delay

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.

Delayed DNS propagation could lead to WordPress not updating
~What is a DNS and why it is a factor?

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.

Summary

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.

Article written by Editorial Team

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