Clearing the browser cache

Written by Jane Atkinson on . Posted in Documentation

Most browsers cache or store copies of webpages so that they don't need to be downloaded every time you visit a site.

Sometimes, this means that you can't see changes that you've just made. At other times, it may be part of the reason you are having problems getting website features to work. Then you need to clear your Cache / Temporary Internet files.

On FreeToastHost sites, simply click on the link at the very bottom of the page, underneath the small type, "Click here to reload website from server." (shown in yellow type below).

Reload from server link

 

When you can't access the link

If you can't access the link mentioned above, you need some other way to clear the browser cache. Notes for doing this in some browsers are given below.

Internet Explorer

To delete the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder yourself, follow these steps:

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button , click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab, and then click Delete under Browsing history.
  3. Click Delete all, click Yes to confirm that you want to delete this information, and then click OK.


Earlier versions of Windows

  1. Quit Internet Explorer and quit any instances of Windows Explorer.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab, click Delete Files under Temporary Internet Files.
  4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the Delete all offline content check box , and then click OK.
  5. Click OK.

 

Firefox

  1. Choose "Clear Recent History" from the History menu
  2. Make sure that "Cache" is selected in the options.
  3. Click OK

 

Chrome

  1. Click on the Chrome menu (three horizontal lines) on the toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. Make sure that "Empty the Cache" is checked.
  5. Choose the timeframe from the drop-down just above the checklist. "From the beginning of time" removes everything, which is what we want.
  6. Click the "clear browsing data" button.

 

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bypass_your_cache