How to clear WordPress cache

WordPress cache improves the performance of a WordPress website.

A web browser stores information from repeatedly visited websites, such as cookies, and uses stored data to speed up browsing experience for users.

Although WordPress cache speeds up a website, it results in minor issues during website development.

Due to cache, browsers show the cached versions of repeatedly accessed websites. In this case, the browser doesn’t show the recently made changes to a WordPress website.

With that clarified, we need to remove the WordPress cache for seeing the results.

In today’s write-up, we learn how to clear the WordPress cache. The entire process doesn’t require fancy tools or knowledge; however, you’ll need to look into cache plugin in the WordPress (if you have installed one).

What is WordPress cache or Caching?

Caching is the process of creating static pages of a site’s content. For improved speed and performance, caching results in showing cached/static versions of web pages.

Most web browsers perform caching automatically. In the case of WordPress cache, you can install a WordPress plugin for the said purpose, such as W3 Total Cache.

When do you need to clear the WordPress cache?

While cache feature helps you improve your WordPress performance, you’ll need to clear cache in certain situations.

  • In the WordPress cache, the browser shows cached/static versions of web pages. In this case, you need to clean the WordPress cache if you want to see the recently made changes to your WordPress website.
  • For some reasons, you might want to see the new version of a page or website, such as news directory. After you clear WordPress cache, you can see the browser showing new data on websites.
  • When you clear WordPress cache, it removes any login information stored for WordPress pages or plugins. As a result, it helps you renew or reset settings for the WordPress plugins.
  • Clearing the WordPress cache helps you revoke access to 3rd party tools. It also helps you close login sessions on other devices or browsers.

Keep in mind that if you clear WordPress cache by clearing the browser cache, it may kill browsing sessions. However, if you want to clear cache in a plugin – such as W3 Total Cache, the browser doesn’t kill your current login sessions on other websites.

How to clear cache in WordPress?

There are two cases about the WordPress cache.

  1. You can clear the WordPress cache by clearing the browser cache. It removes cached versions of content and helps you achieve your goals.
  2. If you’ve set up a caching plugin in the WordPress, you can look into plugin options to clear your WordPress cache.

Without further ado, let’s learn how to clean the WordPress cache as a beginner.

Clear the WordPress cache by clearing the browser cache

Chrome

STEP #1: In Chrome, at the top right corner, click on the three dots to open Chrome’s menu.

STEP #2: Select History from the menu. Alternatively, press CTRL+H to open the history page.

STEP #3: On the next page, click on “Clear Browsing Data”.

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STEP #4: You can now see a box shown on the screen. Set the desired options to remove the WordPress cache, such as time duration of browsing history, and click on “Clear Data” button at the end. Head over to this tutorial for more information on how to clear cache in Chrome.

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After completing the above steps, you don’t need to take further actions. You’ve cleared browsing cache in Chrome. It will remove the WordPress cache and, you can see changes made to your WordPress website.

Firefox

STEP #1: Fire up Firefox. Next, proceed to click on “History” on the menu bar.

STEP #2: From the short menu, select “Clear Recent History”.

STEP #3: A box is shown on the screen. Set the required options and click on “Clear Now” button at the end. If you feel hard to follow the above steps, you can watch the walkthrough in this tutorial.

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Clear the WordPress cache by using the plugin’s feature

If you’ve set up a WordPress cache plugin like W3 Total Cache, you can use the plugin’s option to clear the WordPress cache.

Clear cache in W3 Total Cache plugin

STEP #1: Log into your WordPress Dashboard by browsing to site.com/wp-login.php.

STEP #2: The left panel shows the Dashboard option in the Performance menu.

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STEP #3: The next page contains a button to clear your WordPress cache.

STEP #4: Click on “empty all caches” to clear your WordPress cache.

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Clear cache in WP Super Cache plugin

STEP #1: First of all, log into your WordPress Control Panel (Dashboard).

STEP #2: In the Settings menu, select the WP Super Cache.

STEP #3: You can see the required option on the next page, click on “Delete Cache” button to clear your WordPress cache.

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Wrapping up

The WordPress cache helps you improve your site’s speed and overall performance. However, you can clear the WordPress cache when required.

Beginning users can remove their cache in the browser. To get started, you can use the browser’s built-in feature for the said purpose. Use “clear browsing data” in Chrome while “Clear History” in the Firefox.

In browsers, you can choose to clear specific things, rather than cleaning the entire list of factors.

On the other hand, you can use the plugin features to clear your WordPress cache. If you’ve set up a caching plugin like WP Super Cache, then you can use the clear option to clear WordPress cache on demand.

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4 comments

  1. i basically used cntrl+alt+delete for the clear of cache but it also clears all the passwords and data saved in the browser.

    1. Hi Doug,
      Thanks Dough, you joined the blog.
      You can go deeper in the browser settings. When you select the clear cache option in the browser, the box enables you to choose individual elements.
      Hope that plays well your case. ☺

  2. Hi respected,

    Thanks for reading the post. Bests. ☺

  3. Hello Scott,

    Thanks for reading, hope it helped. ☺

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