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What Is Browser Cache and How Do You Clear it?

by | Jun 27, 2018 | Funeral Website Design, Inspiration, Just for Fun

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You may have heard of browser cache, but what exactly is it and how can it affect your funeral home?

To put it simply, it’s the temporary storage on your computer or mobile device from the websites you’ve visited. When you visit a website, the information is stored so it can load quickly the next time you visit. However, over time, it fills up and can cause issues with websites not displaying properly.

Why should this matter to your funeral home? If you make updates to your funeral home’s website and your browser cache is full, it may not display properly in your browser.

For example, let’s say you change the banner photo on your website’s homepage. Your staff member may see it fine on their device, but it’s incorrect on yours. This may be because you need to clear your browser cache. If it’s just your browser having display issues, whether it’s displaying the non-updated version or strange formatting, then this is likely the case.

In the sections below, we’ll explain how to clear your browser cache in a few easy steps. After completing these steps, you also want to restart your browser to make sure the cache cleared.

Many browsers have quick keyboard shortcuts for clearing cache by holding down the control, shift, and delete keys at the same time, but we’ll explain the steps using the browser menu bar as well. You also can edit your specific preferences within the menu bar, such as the type of cache to delete, how much, and how often to delete it.

Note, these instructions might vary slightly depending on what browser version you’re using and what device type you’re on. On mobile, the browser apps have similar steps to the ones listed below.

Google Chrome

Computer

  1. Open Chrome and click the More option with the three dots.
  2. Click More tools and then select Clear browsing data.
  3. Choose All time to delete everything or choose a specific time range.
  4. Click Clear data.

Mobile

  1. Open the Chrome app and tap the More option with the three dots.
  2. Tap History and then tap Clear browsing data.
  3. Depending on your mobile device, select the desired time range and make sure cookies and site data and cached images and files options are checked.
  4. Tap Clear data.

Microsoft Edge

Computer

  1. Open Edge and click the three dots icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click Settings and then select Choose what to clear under the Clear browsing data section.
  3. Check off what you want to clear and click Clear. Make sure to at least check off these options: browsing history, cookies and saved website data, cached data and files, and download history.

Mozilla Firefox

Computer

  1. Click the menu button with three lines in the top right corner.
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. In the Cache Web Content section, click Clear Now.

Internet Explorer

Computer

  1. Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click Safety and then select Delete Browsing History.
  3. Select the Temporary Internet Files and Website Files option.
  4. Click Delete.

Safari

Mac Computer

  1. Click Safari and then select Preferences.
  2. Click Privacy and then Remove All Website Data.
  3. Select Remove Now.

Windows Computer

  1. Click the gear icon in the top right corner and then select Reset Safari.
  2. Check the Empty the cache option.
  3. Click Reset.

Mobile (iPhone)

  1. Tap Settings and then tap Safari.
  2. Tap Clear History and Website Data.

Or, if you want to just delete the website data and keep your history, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings and then tap Safari.
  2. Tap Advanced and then tap Website Data.
  3. Lastly, tap Remove All Website Data.

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