How to clear the cache in WordPress

If you’re running a large website with many visitors, caching can be an essential tool to optimize page load times. Find out why caching is important in this HostPapa knowledge base article: Why caching is important in WordPress.

When using a WordPress caching plugin, you may find that changes made to your site aren’t shown immediately to users in the front-end of the site. This occurs because WordPress is still displaying the cached version of your posts and pages.

To resolve this issue, you need to “clear” the cache, which will delete the stored, static versions of your pages and force the WordPress plugin to store refreshed pages with your updates.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to clear the cache on two popular WordPress plugins, W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache.

Clear the cache in W3 Total Cache

  1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard.
  2. In the left sidebar, navigate to Performance > Dashboard.
  3. At the top of the W3 Total Cache dashboard, click Empty all caches.

Clear cache

Clear the cache in WP Super Cache

  1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard. 
  2. In the left sidebar, navigate to Settings > WP Super Cache.
  3. In the WP Super Cache settings page, click Delete Cache.

Delete Cache


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