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How to Fix WordPress Website Not Updating Right Away

Are you trying to fix your WordPress website not updating right away?

Often users ask us why some changes they make to their site like a new blog post, widget settings, don’t appear right away. It is a common issue and very easy to fix.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily fix a WordPress website not updating right away.

Fixing a WordPress website not updating right away

Why My WordPress Site Not Updating Right Away?

The most common cause of a WordPress site not updating right away is caching.

By default, many WordPress hosting companies enable their own caching systems which store a temporary copy of your pages to improve website speed and reduce server load.

Apart from that, you may also be using a WordPress caching plugin on your own which may not be configured properly.

Last but not the least, your browser may also store a cached version of your pages in temporary storage.

Normally, when you make any change to your WordPress website those cached versions expire, and you get to see your changes right away.

However, sometimes due to some configuration error this may not happen right away. In that case you will see the old version of that page for a while.

The most common symptom of this problem is new posts not appearing on the homepage of your WordPress website.

While you can still view the single post by clicking on the view post link from the WordPress admin area, you are unable to see it on the main page.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily fix this issue.

Fixing WordPress Website Not Updating Issue

You’ll start by first clearing the browser cache. For most users, this should fix the issue, and you wouldn’t need to proceed to step 2.

Step 1. Force Browser to Reload or Clear Cache

Sometimes your browser (specially Google Chrome) will show you a cached copy of your website instead of showing the new one.

To resolve this issue, you need to simply hit CTRL + F5 (or Cmd + R in Mac) buttons on your keyboard to reload the page.

This will ask the browser to reload the page by fetching a fresh version. In most cases, this would fix the issue for many users.

However, if that doesn’t work, then the next step is to clear your browser cache. In Google Chrome, click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner. From the menu, you need to go to More Tools » Clear Browsing Data.

Clear browser cache

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

Step 2. Clear WordPress Cache for Your Website

The second and most likely cause of this issue is poorly configured WordPress caching plugin. Most caching plugins make it super easy to clear your cache with the click of a button.

1. WP Rocket

If you are using WP Rocket on your website, then simply go to the Settings » WP Rocket page and click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button under the dashboard tab.

WP Rocket clear cache

2. WP Super Cache

If you are using the WP Super Cache plugin, then go to the Settings » WP Super Cache page and click on ‘Delete Cache’ button.

WP Super Cache delete cache

3. Bluehost

Even if you don’t have a WordPress caching plugin installed on your website, many WordPress hosting companies deploy their own caching system by default.

For instance, if you are on the Bluehost hosting platform, then you’ll notice a ‘Caching’ button in the admin toolbar.

Clear cache in Bluehost

Take your mouse over and you’ll see the option to ‘Purge All’ cache. This will delete all cached files from your website.

4. SiteGround

SiteGround is another top WordPress hosting company that offers its own built-in caching system.

You can manage SiteGround cache by installing and activating the SG Optimizer plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to click on the Purge SG Cache button in the WordPress admin toolbar.

Purge SiteGround cache

This will clear up SiteGround cache for your website.

For more hosting companies and caching plugins, see our complete guide on how to clear WordPress cache.

We hope this article helped you fix WordPress website not updating right away issue. You may also want check out our guide on the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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  1. Thank you! Didn’t realize SiteGrounds was doing that, and that installing the plugin would help!

  2. Wow thank you for this great & concise information! W3 purge & Google Chrome were both not doing it for me, so I tried the Siteground Optimizer and all problems went away! Thank you!!

  3. It is rare to find a solution to a problem so quickly and with such great instructions. The Site Ground plugin was what we needed and it worked perfectly. Thank you, so much!!

  4. I had this problem and clearing the cache fixed it. Will still need to figure out WHY it happened in the first place, but allowed me to get a time sensitive post out there. Thank you!

  5. I’ve tried all of the above fixes. Some of them more than once. And none of them worked.

    • If none of these recommendations are working, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for assistance and they should be able to take a look at the reason.

      Admin

  6. I have had the issue twice now, where my PC shows the changes I made to the site immediately but my Apple devices still did not show any changes 8 hours or more later. What I noticed was that both times this happened there was a plugin that needed to be updated on my WordPress site. This time it was the Backup plug in. When I updated the plugin, the information showed up on my Apple devices very shortly afterward.

    • While it could be that, you may want to ensure you do not have a caching plugin on your site that could also be part of your issue.

      Admin

    • If none of our recommendations are able to assist, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure they do not have a caching or are seeing an error on your site.

      Admin

  7. Hello! Firstly, always amazing guides! you are 100% my goto!

    I have this issue, the changes i am making aren’t updating (partially)

    layout changes aren’t updating. i have tested to see if its just a delay, by slightly changing some text. The text updates instantly, but the layout remains unchanged.

    • If it is not your caching then you would likely want to reach out to your theme’s support to ensure the theme changes aren’t being overridden by a setting in the theme.

      Admin

  8. After i update wordpress version i also update yoast. Then the site won´t load. it just keeping processing and does not show anything but a orange layer that is the main color of the website. Now the same thing is happening when i try to update different plugins but not all of them. I don´t receive any error msg from wordpress or the site. I also clear the cache etc…

  9. Hi, I have updated my entire website’s design but for some reason, it will always show me the wrong front page.

    It’s always the front page, also on different devices, as well on my phone. The other pages will be shown completely right.

  10. I have updated my WordPress Version 5.5.I have created a posts after that but my post now showing completely on my site. plz how can I resolved this issue.I used above mentioned method but same result.plz guide me how can i fix this issue.

    • You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme and they would be able to assist.

      Admin

  11. I was the same issue in my WordPress website. But I solved this issue Through Reading This Post.. Thanks Buddy…..

  12. I have updated the payment method (COD) in my wordpress panel but it is not updating in the website. I don’t know why??

    • As this article states, you would want to clear any caching on your site, and should that not work you may need to reach out to your ecommerce plugin’s support to ensure that there isn’t an issue with the plugin itself.

      Admin

  13. Great, thanks for the article. ctrl+F5 worked for me.
    I had previously tried clearing the cache, but still it didn’t work, but ctrl+F5 worked right away for some reason.
    Thanks again

    • Good to know to check your browser cache as well as the website cache as it sounds like that was your issue :)

      Admin

    • Our recommended solutions should work unless you have an odd niche error. Feel free to reach out to us using our contact form should none of our recommendations help you :)

      Admin

    • You would want to reach out to your host to ensure you changed the PHP in the correct location and if you did you may want to try deleting your htaccess file and resaving your permalinks to recreate the file.

      Admin

  14. Thank you for sharing this post, its really Cached plugin I remove the cache and my post update text showing on Homepage

    Thanks a lot

  15. You’re a lifesaver, seriously. Couldn’t figure out why my pages weren’t updating but once I deleted and deactivated my cache, they all appeared. I’m so relieved!

  16. I have done everything suggested several times and my updates are still not showing on my front page. What else can I do?
    Thank you.

    • You would likely want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there are no errors or caching from your host’s end

      Admin

  17. I don’t understand. When I’m on the homepage its empty, then I click “Customise” in the bottom right and it takes me to the version I’ve worked on, but when I go back to the homepge it’s still empty. I can’t see anything anywhere about plugins apart from the download page but it says I need to be on the business plan (I’m on premium).

    Is my webpage stuck like this until I upgrade to business? Do I need to install a plugin or does the premium plan come with one already? Clearing the cache on my computer does nothing unfortunately.

  18. Great video! however, I do not have any cache plugins of any sort. I have cleared my brower cache and still no luck :( Any other suggestions? im using Chrome.

    • Have you checked with your hosting provider to ensure they don’t have caching for your site?

      Admin

  19. I had a problem with my website today and found this solution and it worked perfectly. Thank-you very much. WPBeginner is always the first place that I look whenever I have a problem with my WordPress website and so far I have always been able to resolve it with the material that I find here. Very helpful. Thank-you very much.

  20. thank you very much for this. being having problem with my website not updating immediately. after this video. I uninstalled the wp super cache and my website updated immediately. thank you so much.

  21. Hello! Great article. Unfortunately it didn’t help me, and I don’t have a caching plugin. Any other solutions? I have cleared cache in Chrome as well.

  22. I made a few minor changes to our website content. When I test it on my computer using chrome, the updates are there. If I use IE on my computer I do not see the changes and co-workers using IE, chrome or Mozilla do not see the changes. I made the changes and then clicked update on the page in the dashboard. Please help.

  23. Any suggestions for this issue? WordPress says ‘All themes are up to date’ but my theme is not up to date therefore I can’t install the latest version. My site is broken because the developer says I need the lastest version but I am stuck because WordPress says all themes up to date. Ever heard of this? My site has been down for 13 months because of this and the developer offers no support once you pay for the theme.

  24. I am having a devilish problem. I changed an image on my home page… (woocommerce storefont) — and also a product image. I have done every variation of purging possible… but the home page keeps reverting to the previous form. I have changed it other times… had a some problems but managed to get it to work. IN fact these times… I purge and reload, etc… and get the correct page. Then I immediately purge everything again… including browser of course… then it seems to work. Then I close and open and it is the wrong page again…. OR I press the top icon which takes you back to the front page and it is the old one. The mobiles show the previous home page… and the old images in other locations. ?? – totally feel like I wasting huge amounts of time over something shouldn’t even happen. I disabled super cache… got it right right… and then boom it reverted again… reenables super cache… purged everything… got it right… one click… back to the old home page… ANY IDEAS??

  25. Hey Team,

    I do not have any WordPress caching plugin and the posts do not get updated for at least 2 hours or less. We have cloudfare cdn. We have tried everything in the books to resolve the problem This problem persists with posts and category listing where all the posts are shown of its category, This happens randomly, sometimes it will get updated and sometimes not. When logged in to WordPress we are able to see the updated content but not when we are logged out or as a visitor visiting the website.

    Ideally, after 2 hours everything gets updated at once.

    • Hey Raj,

      Have you tried disabling Cloudflare temporarily to see if this resolves your issue. We will also suggest contacting your WordPress hosting provider particularly if they have their own caching solutions in place.

      Admin

  26. No good. I have tried everything and suddenly today NO changes of menus, widgtes, logo ect are reflected on the site, unless I’m logged in to wordpress admin panel.

  27. I’ve had so many problems with my updates not showing, and after following every piece of advice I could find online was at my wits end.

    However, I think I have solved it – for me, at least.

    My hosting is done through Bluehost and there is an automatically installed plugin called Endurance Cache (I’ve since learned this through Googling), which I think defaults to Level 2 setting. In a last ditch attempt, I set this to Level 0 and low and behold my updates appear.

  28. Im have a strange issue. The WordPress has updated… But only on certain computers. 3 computers have the updated version of my website, where the other 2 do not.

    I had a small problem with text randomly fading away and never coming back on my front page, I went to fix it and now Im having the issue with different computers seeing different things. I am not sure if this is a wordpress problem, a plugin problem, or something else.

    Anyone else had this problem? And have you fixed it?

  29. I don’t have any cache plugin and i have this problem what is should do ?
    Please help me

  30. Unfortunately, I still have this issue even though I never had any caching plugin installed in the first place. The web page isn’t updating even after using ctrl-F5. I installed W3 Total Cache and followed the steps in this article. I don’t know what the issue could possibly be.

  31. So I installed W3 cache plugin, and it actually seemed to slow down my site. I uninstalled it, but now my site is not reloading on google chrome no matter what I do. I don’t know how to fix it. Do I need to resinstall W3 cach plugin to fix it? Thanks!

  32. Please Help !!

    I changed the email address and location of my website in wp editor ..after updating am unable to see the google map and also my email icon not showing on live site .please help

  33. Thank you very much for this post! I was wondering why my date on a post was not updating! It was because of the caching.

  34. “To resolve this issue, you need to simply hit CTRL + F5 (or Cmd + R in Mac) buttons on your keyboard to reload the page.”

    And who’s going to tell my readers this? Why doesn’t anyone answer the obvious question of how to make readers get the latest version? All other websites out there seem to load the latest version so there’s clearly a solution.

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