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How To Clear Your Cache

February 16, 2016
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Let’s quickly cover what a cache is and how to clear it.

So what is a cache and why do we worry about it? Caching is a technology that helps improve users’ browsing experience and reduce bandwidth experience. Caching allows visitors to have faster load-times when revisiting a site, hopefully encouraging future visits. The average visitor to a service site visits a maximum of 3 pages and immediately leaves the site. Any incentive for visitors to return can only help.
Kent Davis of WebJunction has a well-written post on the specifics of web caching and I’d suggest anyone truly interested in the subject to read his article. Smarter people than me have written plenty on this topic.

Click the appropriate link below for the browser you are currently using and follow the instructions:

Chrome:

1) Click on the three horizontal lines in the top-right.

2) Choose History

3) Choose “Clear Browsing Data”

4)  The only checkbox you need highlighted for our purposes is “Cached Images and Files”

5) Hit the “Clear Browsing Data” button

6) Done!

Firefox:

1) Click on the three horizontal lines in the top-right.

2) Choose History

3) Choose “Clear Recent History,” the Time range can remain Last Hour.

4) The only checkbox you need highlighted for our purposes is “Cache”

5) Hit “Clear Now”

6) Done!

Opera:

1) Click on the Opera logo in the top left of the browser window to open your options.

2) Choose History

3)  Choose “Clear Browsing Data…” in the top right

4) The time range for “Obliterate the following items from:” can be as low as one hour.

5) For our purposes, you only need to have the “Empty the Cache” checkbox marked.

6) Hit “Clear Browsing Data”

7) Done!

Safari:

1) Click on Safari in the top left

2) Select Preferences

3) Go to the Advanced tab

4) Mark the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” checkbox

5) Click on the Develop tab in the top bar , most likely next to the Bookmarks tab

6) Find and click “Empty caches”

7) Done!

Internet Explorer:

Eyesore Inc very strongly recommends using a standards-compliant browser such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, for many reasons, primarily browser support and security. To discourage IE use, we will list the appropriate links for downloading any of the browsers mentioned above. It may cost you a few minutes today to download and install but it will save you a mountain of troubles tomorrow. Just choose one and go for it!