How to Force a Page Cache Refresh (Mac and PC)

So your developer or designer says they updated you site but you can’t see it. They swear the changes have been posted but you are experiencing no joy. Maybe the changes aren’t visible, or worse things look misaligned and simply broken. Don’t worry, your developer or designer is (probably) not lying to you or clueless to lack of apparent quality in their work.

Easy Fix – Bust the Browser Cache!

While on the web page in question use the following key combos to force a full/clean reload of the web page (should work in all modern popular browsers):

Hold down the Control key (Ctrl) and while doing that press the Function 5 (F5) button at the top of your keyboard

Mac Non-Safari (Chrome, Firefox)
Hold down the Command and Shift Keys and press the letter R

Mac Safari
Safari can be a stubborn beast through and sometimes you have to go with the menu: History > Clear History. Careful though this can clear your entire history, cookies etc.

Working on the Website and Still Not Seeing Your Changes?

Maybe it’s server side-caching. We have an article on how we setup server-side caching and how to clear those caches.


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Post by Shane Larrabee

Shane Larrabee is founder of FatLab, LLC and has over 20 years experience as a business leader, web developer and online communication consultant.