I’ve had an interesting week. And it’s been a week of learning and getting curious. And in the process of this I discovered something that any DIY website builder/hacker/fixer/jack of all trades needs to know.
I was working on some WordPress updates, using Elementor as the builder. Elementor had a massive update, and it didn’t fix all the bugs in the first update with a few themes. The one I was working on being one of them.
Now the fix that I was reading about over and over was to flush cache (inside of the wordpress platform). And then clear my cache on my web browsers. So I did, what I thought, was clear my cache. But nothing was happening. Changes weren’t published, and what the backend of the website showed was not what was showing up in my other browsers.
After some more research, I discovered that each browser has it’s own way to clear cache, not to be confused with clear history.
So, I have put together this quick cheat sheet because if you have a mac, you probably move between safari, google chrome and firefox … so you will need to clear all 3.
In safari, clearing your history only removes your browsing history, cache and cookies; if you want to clear various things you’ve entered into websites you’ll need to go to a different part of Safari’s settings.
- Click on the Safari drop-down menu and select preferences.
- Click advanced. Select Show Develop in menu bar check box – and then close the preferences window.
- Select the Develop drop-down menu. Click Empty Cache.
- Note: you may want to also clear your browser history.
When you open up Google Chrome go to the far right, there are 3 dots.
- Select More Tools.
- Select Privacy and Security on the left-hand side.
- Select Clear Browsing Data. Select the boxes that apply to you.
- Select Clear Data.
- Select Word, Preferences.
- Select Privacy and Security.
- Scroll down to Cookies and Site Data, then select Clear Data.
Now I make it a practice to clear out my cache (in all 3 browsers), and clear my browser history, and clear my cookies on a regular basis. The one drawback to this is that your saved usernames and passwords will be deleted and you’ll need to re-enter them. But on the plus side, your privacy is more secure, and your browser will work better.
To keep my passwords up to date, I use LastPass to store and share all of my passwords. Next week I am going to share how I organize all of my passwords inside of LastPass to make it easy to use.