When was the last time you worked on your site made some notable changes, only to find that the changes didn’t reflect? Well, you are having Cache issues.
Caches are part of your web browser that stores temporary data, including files, pages, and other elements, to load the site faster. However, they can take some time to refresh and may not work as intended when changes are made to the site.
In fact, one of the first steps to troubleshoot is to clear cache!
If you are running Divi/WordPress, you may also suffer from cache issues, and that’s why today I will go forward and explain how and why to clear caches in Divi and WordPress. Let’s get started.
What is Cache?
The cache is a neat technique used by browsers to store temporary files giving your device the ability to load sites, apps, and browsers to load faster. Caches are used in all types of devices, including hardware. For example, suppose you are using a modern processor. In that case, it also has cache technology that is small enough to store bits of information but powerful enough to improve processor performance significantly.
Cache works the very first time you visit a site. You may have noticed the site loads slower on the first visit, but the later visits are generally faster, meaning that Cache is loading site resources from local storage rather than downloading them again to the browser from the server.
Caches offer a lot of benefits, including:
- Make everything run faster!
- Save precious data is very helpful for those on a limited network.
Next, speaking of the benefits, there are also disadvantages of caches, which include:
- Can stress systems that lack storage space
- If a web page is updated, the cache can prevent the site/app from loading the changes.
- Caches can corrupt, leading to misbehavior and errors.
Why do you need to clear cache in WordPress and Divi?
WordPress and Divi sites are also prone to cache issues. Despite cache’s benefit of improved performance, it also poses many issues, including malfunctioning, blocking sites not to display updated sites, and causing errors due to corrupted caches.
The solution to all of these is to “clear the cache.”
And that’s why you need to clear cache in WordPress and Divi if you are having problems including, but not limited to:
- Made changes to the site, and the changes are not showing on the live website
- Suddenly, the site is acting differently and is not loading properly.
The good news is that you can quickly clear the cache and the easiest way to clear the cache is by going to the respective application settings.
Let’s now go through the steps to clear cache in WordPress and Divi.
How to clear cache in WordPress?
As mentioned earlier, the cache is stored with the application. Before we try to clear the cache, let’s learn about the cache types and how to clear them.
Browser Cache and How to Clear It
The browser has its own caching mechanism. Suppose you are running the browser on your computer or phone’s local storage. Browsers are smartly coded, and with the help of the website, it can learn what’s to store in the cache so that the site loads faster without the need to use the network that often.
To clear the browser cache, you need to follow the steps below.
- Open your browser
- Go to Settings
- Now Search for “Cache”
- It will open up the Cookies and Site Data
- Click on Clear Data and select the option to clear the cache.
The process should be almost similar for other browsers.
Server Cache and How to Clear it
Servers can also cache. The servers try to cache plugin and script settings and resources so that it doesn’t have to run commands every time the site is requested.
The current generation hosting provider uses their caching technique to make the server perform faster. This server-side caching can include multiple elements, including HTML, PHP, MySQL, and WordPress Object Catching API. In addition, the server also runs other server-optimizing techniques, including virtual file systems, firewalls, sitemaps, and so on!
The best way to clear the server cache is to contact customer support and let them do it for you. However, if you have some experience handling servers, you can follow the steps mentioned below.
- Open up the server admin panel or CPanel through your Divi hosting site
- Go to host settings
- Search for Cache
- Clear it
Cache Plugin and How to Clear it
Lastly, we have a cache plugin utilized by plugins to improve website loading time – resulting in pre-made web pages delivered. There are plenty of popular cache plugins out there, including the likes of:
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Rocket
- WP Super Cache
- WP Fastest Cache
And so on!
Each plugin creates its own cache to improve site performance.
Let’s pick W3 Total Cache and learn how to clear the cache on it.
- Go to the Performance tab on your WordPress sidebar.
- Then click on General Settings.
- From there, you can go to each of the options, including Page Cache, CDN, browser, and so on.
- Lastly, click on “Save Settings and Purge Cache.”
In case you also Purge Cache even without making any changes.
It should be similar to other Cache plugins – with a few different steps.
Other ways to clear the cache on WordPress
There are a couple of other ways you need to clear the cache on WordPress:
- Content Delivery Network(CDN): CDN providers store your website across different servers to better serve them, such as CloudFlare. Clearing the CDN cache is easy; however, you should not clear the entire cache as it would render the CDN useless and would make your site not load when requested via CDN. If you are using CloudFlare, you can go to your Account settings and then click on the “Cache Purge” option.
- Reverse Proxy: If your site uses a reverse proxy, you can wait some time as the cached version expires after an interval. If not, you can go to the plugin you are using to implement Reverse Proxy and manually clear the cache.
How to clear cache in Divi?
As for Divi, you need to take care of extra few steps to clear cache and that of the above steps for WordPress.
The steps are as below.
- Go to Divi >> Theme Options
- Now select “Builder” and then “Advanced”
- From there, you need to click the clear button.
- The Cache should be cleared.
Divi themes take a different approach when it comes to handling appearance. It utilizes Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) and creates static CSS file generation for the Divi Theme Customizer, Divi Builder, and Divi Theme Options. By doing so, your theme will only generate CSS in the static file, and no in-line CSS is generated. And that’s why you need to clear Divi Static CSS File Generation.
Internet relies on techniques that make it faster. The cache is one of the core computer science techniques that is heavily integrated into the web ecosystem.
Divi and WordPress both use cache to make the site more accessible. However, it can also lead to problems, including non-accessibility and malfunctioning.
This post went through the techniques to make your site free from cache-related problems. So, are your problems solved now? Comment below and let us know.