Website Development and Marketing
Web Page Caching

Browser cache is a mechanism for temporarily storing(caching) web content, such as images and text, to artificially speed the loading of pages.

A browser stores copies of documents the first time you visit the page. After your initial visit, if there has not been a significant change in the page, the browser(Internet Eplorer for example) loads the page from the cache. This has the maddening effect of making it seem as though the page has not changed when it has. Minor changes such as text corrections are not enough, normally, to trigger a re-cache. To remedy the problem you must clear your cache.

Important: you need to leave the page you are trying to view BEFORE you empty your cache or it will not delete the files for the page you are on.

Clearing the cache in Firefox:
  1. Go to the Tools menu and select Options
  2. Select the Advanced panel
  3. Click the Network tab
  4. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now

Clearing the cache in Internet Explorer:
  1. Click Tools
  2. Select Internet Options
  3. Click Delete Files under Temporary Internet Files section
  4. Click Clear History under History section
  5. Click OK

Clearing the cache in Chrome:
  1. Hold down CTRL and SHIFT then press Delete key
  2. Make sure "Empty the cache" is checked
  3. Click on the button Clear browsing data
  4. return to the page

One day I hope this is annoyance is fixed but every browser on the market insists on using caching and gives you no option to simply shut it off. They actually have to use caching or the browser wouldn't function, but the moment you leave the page the files are no longer needed. Most people are totally unaware of the cache and have no idea how to clear it.

Another problem cache causes is that once you have visited your personal website all the files cache and the page appears to load quickly. This is not true for new visitors to your website. Most website owners are painfully unaware of how unbearably slow their websites loads because they are looking at cache.

Try emptying your cache and revisiting your website, then you will see what a new customer has to wait for to view your website. It's not normal as fast as you think.