One of the most frustrating things a person can experience is not seeing changes reflected on your website after updating. This most often happens due to the page being cached in your web browser. Simply clearing out the temp files in your browser can save you a huge amount of frustration, anxiety, and time spent getting personal support.

Your web browser saves various files in a temporary directory whenever you visit a website. Sometimes these files do not get overwritten when you return. Worse, they might stick in your browser – even when you refresh the page. The idea behind having a cache is that it speeds up repeat visits for visitors. Unfortunately, it is a (necessary) burden to those of us who create and maintain websites.

The good news is that clearing those temporary files in not hard to do. It even has the added benefit of speeding up your computer by removing junk from your hard drive! This article will show you a very easy way to handle this task.

Throwing Out The Trash – The Easy Way

1. Download CCleaner cc-med

2. Double click on the installer to run it. If it asks you to install anything *other* than CCleaner, decline. You don’t really want another toolbar in your browser, do you?

3. Open the CCleaner interface by double clicking on the icon which should be located on your desktop, start menu, or both.

You should now be seeing a screen that looks similar to the one below.
(Click on the image to enlarge)


Use the same settings you see in the image above.
If you don’t see these settings, make sure you have selected the “Cleaner” icon.
(Top – Left)

4. Once you’ve checked the boxes (as shown above), make sure that you have all internet browser windows closed and click on the “Run Cleaner” button that is in the very lower right corner.

5. CCleaner will now begin removing your junk files. This may take some time as you’ve most likely let them build up for quite a while.

Once CCleaner is done working its magic you can close the program. That’s all there is to it!

Now re-open your browser and verify that the changes you recently made to your website are showing up as expected. The vast majority of the time running CCleaner will fix any issues you are experiencing with editing your website.

IMPORTANT: MidState Design does not recommend using the other tools or options available in CCleaner unless you are absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. Support will not be given if you use this program in any fashion other than what is described above. Cleaning out your browser temp files is perfectly safe. Using other functions like the registry cleaner (among others), may cause computer problems if used incorrectly.


Trouble Shooting

If you still cannot see the changes you’ve made to your website after following the steps above, try restarting your computer and have another look. In the unlikely chance that you still cannot see the changes reflected online, you can contact MidState Design so the issue can be addressed further.

Finally, if you are a client and you have questions regarding this article please feel free to ask for help anytime. I will be happy to assist you.
~ Corey