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How to Clear Your Cache in WordPress (Step by Step)

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to clear cache in WordPress?

Your web browser, hosting server, and caching plugins can all serve cached content which can make it difficult for you to see the changes you made to your website right away.

Clearing your WordPress cache is also the first troubleshooting advice that you’ll often hear.

In this article, we will show you how to properly clear the cache in WordPress. We’ll cover browser cache, web hosting cache, and top WordPress caching plugins in this guide.

How to clear your cache in WordPress (4 ways)

What is Caching in WordPress?

Caching solutions will store static versions of your website in a cache. This allows WordPress to skip running heavier PHP scripts every time your site loads.

The caching process helps to improve WordPress speed and performance, and the overall user experience.

Here’s an example of what the caching process looks like:

How caching works in WordPress

There are several different types of caching solutions available for WordPress. The most popular method is using a WordPress caching plugin like WP Rocket or WP Super Cache.

These plugins give you control over what files and media are cached, when the cache expires, when the cache is cleaned up, and more.

Depending on your hosting provider, you might already have WordPress caching built in. For example, managed WordPress hosting companies like WP Engine run their own caching solutions.

Popular WordPress hosts like Bluehost and SiteGround also have built in caching for their users.

If you’re using a web application firewall like Sucuri or Cloudflare to improve your WordPress security, then there’s also a cache to speed up your site and reduce downtime.

Finally, most modern web browsers will also store cached versions of pages on your web browser.

Why Clear Your WordPress Website Cache?

Sometimes the cache won’t realize that changes have been made to your WordPress website. Instead of loading the new version of your site, you’ll be stuck seeing an old version.

This will prevent both you and your visitors from seeing any updates you’ve made.

Clearing your WordPress cache ensures the most recent version of your website will always be live.

With that said, let’s take a look at how to clear your browser cache in WordPress. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use.

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Method 1: Clear Your Web Browser Cache

First, you need to clear your web browser cache. Most web browsers store static website content like stylesheets, JavaScript, images, and other website files to improve loading speeds.

But sometimes, web browsers may fail to realize a web page has changed. Instead of fetching a fresh copy, they’ll load the page from the cached version stored in your browser.

To clear your browser cache in Google Chrome, click on the menu icon, then select More Tools » Clear Browsing Data.

Clear browser cache

This brings up a popup where you can select the content you want to remove from the cache.

Make sure the ‘Cached images and file’ box is checked, then click the ‘Clear browsing data’ button.

Clear cached images and files

Now, you’ve successfully cleared your browser cache. You can visit your WordPress blog to see if it’s loading the new version of your site.

For more details, see our guide on how to clear your browser cache in all major browsers.

If you’re still not seeing the changes you made to your website, then move on to the other methods in this article.

Method 2: Clear Cache in Your WordPress Caching Plugin

If you’re using a WordPress caching plugin on your site, then you need to clear your plugin cache.

Here’s how to clear your cache with some of the most popular WordPress caching plugins.

Clear Cache in WP Rocket

WP Rocket is the best WordPress caching plugin in the market. The best part about using WP Rocket is that it proactively builds your WordPress cache in the background, so your users are always served a cached version of your site.

It also makes it very easy to clear cached files with a single click.

Simply go to the Settings » WP Rocket and click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button in the plugin dashboard.

Clear WP Rocket cache

Now WP Rocket will now clear all of your cached files for you.

Clear Cache in WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is another popular WordPress caching plugin. It allows you to clear or purge all cached content with a single click.

Simply go to Settings » WP Super Cache in your WordPress admin dashboard, and then click the ‘Delete Cache’ button in the ‘Delete Cached Pages’ section.

Clear WP Super Cache

Now, WP Super Cache will delete all of the cached files from your website.

Clear Cache in W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is a widely used WordPress caching plugin. Like the other plugins above, you can clear all caches with a single click.

You need to go to Performance » Dashboard and then click on the ‘empty all caches’ button.

Clear W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache will now delete all cached content for your site.

Method 3: Clear Cache in Your WordPress Hosting

Some WordPress hosting providers have built in caching options to help speed up WordPress.

Here’s how you can clear your web host cache in some of the most popular WordPress hosts.

Clear Cache in WP Engine

WP Engine is one of the top managed WordPress hosting providers. They have their own built-in caching solution, so users don’t need to install a caching plugin.

If you’ve made changes to your site, but they aren’t showing up, then you can clear the WP Engine cache from your WordPress admin area.

You need to click the ‘WP Engine’ menu item in your WordPress admin bar, select the ‘Caching’ menu option, then click the ‘Clear all caches’ button.

WP Engine clear cache

WP Engine will automatically purge every stored cache for your WordPress site.

Clear Cache in Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best WordPress hosting providers and is officially recommended by WordPress. They have a built in caching solution that instantly improves your WordPress performance and speed.

Bluehost makes it easy to clear your WordPress cache from your WordPress admin area.

Simply log in to your WordPress admin dashboard, and you’ll see a ‘Caching’ button in the top admin toolbar. Hover over this, then click the ‘Purge All’ option.

Clear Bluehost cache

Bluehost will now clear all files from your WordPress cache.

Clear Cache in SiteGround

SiteGround is a leading WordPress hosting provider that’s known for speed and top-notch customer support. They offer a built-in caching solution to improve your website performance.

You can clear the SiteGround cache from your hosting account control panel as well as the WordPress admin area.

To clear your cache from your Siteground control panel, you need to log in to your hosting account dashboard and go to Speed » Caching under the site tool section.

Then, select the ‘Dynamic Cache’ menu option. Next, click on the menu icon next to your domain name and select the ‘Flush Cache’ option from the drop down.

Clear SiteGround hosting cache

Another way you can manage your Siteground cache is with the SG Optimizer plugin. First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to click the ‘Purge SG Cache’ button in your top WordPress admin toolbar.

Purge SG cache

The plugin will automatically clear your SiteGround WordPress cache.

Method 4: Clear Your WordPress Firewall Plugin Cache

If you’re using a WordPress firewall like Sucuri to protect your website, then there’s another layer of caching you’ll need to clear.

You can clear your Sucuri cache by going to Sucuri » Firewall (WAF) in your WordPress admin panel.

Then, select the ‘Clear Cache’ menu option and then click the ‘Clear Cache’ button.

Clear Sucuri cache

Bonus tip: If you’ve recently moved your WordPress site, then you may also need to clear your DNS cache. This ensures you’re getting updated DNS information and accessing the newest version of your site. For more details, see our guide on how to clear your DNS cache.

We hope this article helped you learn how to clear your cache in WordPress. You may also want to see our step by step guide on how to create an email newsletter and our expert picks of the best live chat software for small businesses.

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76 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thanks for this article. Is the Sitemap also removed or changed in any way, when the cache is purged?

  2. I keep getting a notice from the MonsterInsights plugin in my Site Health that says:
    We noticed you’re using a caching plugin or caching from your hosting provider. Be sure to clear the cache to ensure the tracking appears on all pages and posts.

    I wasn’t using a caching plugin as far as I knew

    • You may want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there isn’t something on their end for caching that could be part of the issue.

      Admin

  3. My host support is telling me the following when I asked them to help me clear my sites cache:

    “There is no server-side caching on any of our servers, so this message may be caused by one of your installed WordPress plugins that enables some kind of caching.”

    My question is therefore how I can locate what plugin that needs clearing. Do you know?

    • You would want to go under Plugins > Installed Plugins and see if any of your plugins say in their description that they are a caching plugin.

      Admin

  4. Hi thanks for the article. I have followed every step mentioned but when i designing home page there in no background overly set by me but when browse that page it showing background image but not when i editing page

    • You would want to check with the support for your specific theme if clearing the cache is not updating your changes to ensure it is not an issue with the theme itself.

      Admin

  5. Hi,

    I have a question please. Do I need to always clear all the cache manually using w3 total cache or any other plugin.. Isn’t it possible to make it automatically clear all cache daily.

    • The caches should clear over time based on the caching you are using, this guide is how to force it to clear in case there are any issues or something that needs to be displayed that isn’t showing.

      Admin

  6. I have bluehost in-built cache and now I purge all cache from WordPress and how to upload new cache memory again? also, do I need another paid cache service like wp rocket? What would be better

    • If you need another cache would be a question of personal preference. Your site will generate a new cache so you don’t need to worry about uploading a new cache.

      Admin

  7. does that fix style.css problem
    when you make changes to the file the web site dont change at all

    • If your CSS changes are not appearing then this would be the first step for having those changes appear :)

      Admin

  8. Some of my website users are facing problem with their browser cache. I am suggesting them to delete the cache, but I can’t do it for everyone.

    Is there anything I can do to stop browser caching for some pages on my website?

    • You would need to check with the support for the caching you are using for what is available.

      Admin

    • It would depend on what caching you’re talking about, if it is caching from your host then you would need to reach out to your hosting provider and they should be able to show you what options are available.

      Admin

  9. Dear admin please can i do something to get back the caches after is been deleted in case i need it

  10. So if you have caching available (and are using) on WPEngine or Securi firewall, then is your article saying that we should NOT implement a caching plugin on wordpress?

    • No, you can still use caching on your site with those plugins, this article is to show how you clear the cache if you are having an issue that would require you to clear your cache.

      Admin

    • You shouldn’t lose any of your saved content when clearing the cache on your WordPress site.

      Admin

  11. I am having this problem

    The site is experiencing technical difficulties.

    Only for my homepage please assist me

  12. I have same on my website. i had been tried all of your step but till not getting any kind result. help me

    • If none of these methods cleared your cache, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider to see if they have any caching that is affecting your site on their end.

      Admin

  13. Hello to all,

    Great article. I have a closely related question.

    When I edit a page of my website in WP, it strangely shows the code of the cdn’s pull zones, not the original code. How do I get back to the original code?

    Thanks for the help, Mark

    • For that, you would want to check with your CDN to ensure it is properly configured as a likely cause of the problem

      Admin

  14. Hi , i want to ask if i do clear cache with one of these plugins there any content or design disappear, plz help i want to clear cache and i’m afraid to lost the design and content

    • Unless you were editing the design and you are clearing your cache to see that update, your design should not be modified.

      Admin

  15. Hi everyone, it really is a good article….but a question came to my mind. If we face caching problems while building our websites, then how about for visitors to our sites. This may be an insane question, but i am afraid that some of our visitors may not see our updates. Thanks a lot and looking forward an answer from some.

    • Following the site and server steps should help allow your users to see your changes.

      Admin

  16. Hello, I do everything to clear cache from wordpress, chrome and deleted everything on ftp server. I did a new instalation of wordpress on the same web site, but on the web is the old look of the web. So please, how can i delete old web ?

    • You would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure nothing on their end would be causing the issue.

      Admin

  17. Hi, I noticed that the Soliloquy slider images are only loading on mobile screens or if I make my browser window way smaller on my desktop screen. I have pretty large images loaded in the slider (1500×1500 px). Is there something I’m missing?

    • You would want to reach out to Soliloquy and let them know to be able to assist you.

      Admin

  18. Hello i have the newspaper theme on word press. My posted views sudently are zero and do not give me the real numbers of visitors. i have over 35.000 uniqs! How can i fix it please?

  19. Thanks for this article. But what if I’m not using any of these WP plugins, yet my page still won’t update…?

  20. ? Can deleting of cash removed my admin login…
    Am always afraid that Cashing can delete a database or anything within my host file.
    But i need to do it to see some changes.

    ?I want also know if “database establishing errors” can be cause by cleaning cash.

  21. Great Article! I have a question. After updating plugins do I have to clear out all my caches again? Thanks!

    • Hi Ann,

      It is not necessary as most caching plugins are setup to automatically purge cache at regular intervals. However, you can also go ahead and manually clear cache if you find something missing.

      Admin

  22. Thank you for the helpful post! Clearing my browser cache fixed issues for me, but Is it correct to say that any repeat visitors to my site could run into issues from not clearing their own browser cache? I would like to universally clear cache so that it’s dummy proof and doesn’t require my users to go in and fix it themselves. Is that possible in any way?

  23. Thanks for this awesome suggestions and listings, I think super cache one the best cache plugin I have ever used.

    And it is working like a .

    I love it

  24. Thanks for your useful article! What does the CLEAR CACHE button on the Publish menu in the WordPress admin section do?

  25. It amazes me that most important question has been ignored. How to clear cache saved in other peoples’ browsers? I.E. people who visit you wordpress website and maybe have no idea how to clear icache or that they need to do it. Thousands of plugins but not one which would add some version parameter to all website urls therefore forcing browsers to request them as new files.

    • I have also been looking for a way to do the same. Have realised that if we do not enable the cache at all it will work but impact the performance of the website.

  26. Hi, how do I clear cache if I don’t have a cache plugin – taken over a community group site and presumably previous webmaster used then deleted a cache plugin without clearing the cache first?!

  27. Hi!
    I use Fastest Cache and I was wondering what is the difference between

    CLEAR CACHE OF THIS PAGE
    DELETE CACHE
    DELETE CACHE AND MINIFIED CCS/JS

    Can you tell me please?
    Thanks in advance and thanks for this post!
    Esther

    • Hi Esther,

      Clear cache of this page, removes the cached files for the page you are currently viewing. Delete cache, deletes cached files and the last deletes everything including minified CSS/JS.

      Admin

      • So,

        when I make changes in a specific page and someone else can’t see them, I should just use “clear the cache” of that page; but if I make changes to a couple of pages or more, I should either clear cache of each separately or use “delete cache”, which would let them see the changes in the whole site. Is this right?

        Thanks again for your patience!

        • Hi Esther,

          Most caching plugins will automatically clear the cache for a page when you make changes those pages. You will only need to use those features if you are working on your website’s theme or adding some new plugin and those changes are not showing up on your website.

  28. When I try to install WP Super Cache, I get the message that says “Plugin not allowed on our system due to performance, security, or compatibility concerns. Contact support with any questions”. But at the bottom there’s a check to tell me that it is “compatible with your version of wordpress”. This is the same with W3 Total Cache. What is wrong?

    • Hi Cherisa,

      Some WordPress hosting companies block caching plugins because they have their own caching installed on their servers. Please contact your hosting provider to confirm.

      Admin

  29. Similar problem here. Nothing happens when you click on my menu on mobile devices.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you!

  30. Damn just what I need.

    I feel so stupid that I had people from my web host just to clear this mess.

    Anyway,

    how you set this website gone from comment form. this is awesome. I want to have things like this in my blog pencaricerah.com.

    Do you have the tutorial? Are you using the default comment form 7?

  31. Not using a plugin but my CSS changes are not showing in Chrome until the cache is cleared. How do I ensure that my website visitors get the new styling without asking them to clear their browser’s cache.
    NB: Its only on Chrome.

    Thanks.

    • Looking for the same answer, Whenever making change in CSS it’s not showing till hard refresh and it’s not suggestible to ask visitor to do hard refresh. So, How we can serve new css changes to the visitors? How to clear all the cookies/browser cache file.

      As of now I am using W3 Total Cache plugin, Even after clicking on Performance > Dashboard > Empty All Caches it’s not showing new changes until hard refresh. Can you please suggest some good method for wordpress? I am not using any version css version number as well as GT Matrix suggesting to remove query string I have removed using function.php

      Waiting for some positive feedback.

  32. thank you for this. but
    i am not using a cache plugin,
    and i only enabled wordpress built in cache ,
    i placed this code into my wp-config.php

    /* WordPress Cache */
    define( ‘WP_CACHE’, true );
    define(‘ENABLE_CACHE’, true);
    define(‘CACHE_EXPIRATION_TIME’, 360000);

    would you mind pleaseee tell , how to flush this cache please ?

  33. I do not have a plugin installed, but I am having trouble. If I install one now, after the fact, will that help?

  34. Dear Admin I want you to post some tutorial regarding advertisement on website for beginners who have less tariffs in their site.

    By the way I love your work.

  35. It would be great if you could show how to clear the cookie of another 2 popular browsers: Firefox & Safari.

  36. Thanks but how frequently which should clear caches . Also would be better if you can mention sequence of caches to be clear. So we can take note of it point by point

  37. Good read. Didn’t know about the Sucuri caching. Also, recommending adding a tip for the browser cache. CTRL + SHIFT + R usually works just as well by forcing a refresh that bypasses cache and keeps you having to dump your browser cache, every time.

  38. This is a valuable article. I learned much about the role of cache, how to optimize its use and maintenance measures. Thank you.

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