discover what a browser cache is, reasons to clear your cache, and how to do it here.

Our intention here is to help our customers understand the importance of clearing their computer’s cache to keep it uncluttered and thereby helping to optimize visits to our online web store as well as any other site.

what is a browser cache?

“Cache” is temporary storage space on your computer’s hard disk where previously viewed web pages are held. Cache allows you to quickly load a previously visited web page without having to reload the page and its images from the web server on subsequent visits. Cache is pronounced: /kaSH/ (or cash).

When you launch the Internet you do so by clicking on your “web browser” of choice. Popular browsers include: Firefox (a Mozilla browser); Chrome (a Google browser); and Safari (an Apple browser best used with Mac products).

If you are on the Internet and are having trouble accessing a specific website or a website isn’t working the way it did the last time you visited, the most common cause is that the data running the site you are visiting has been updated or changed but your computer’s “cache” is pulling old information stored on your computer from your last visit. And it’s the old outdated cache that is likely the culprit causing your snafu.

why should i clear my cache?

Think of too much cache, or overflowing your cache, kind of like overfilling the transmission fluid in a car. It can lead to erratic gear shifting and other problems. Overfilling cache on your computer can lead to erratic pages on the web. Maybe not the best analogy, but regardless it’s an excellent best practice to clear your cache (browser history) regularly. The reason you should clear your cache is because your browser will function much better on the websites you visit! It will be grabbing the most current site information. To clear your cache means to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

how do i clear my browser cache?

Clearing your browser cache differs by the browser you are using. Here are detailed instructions from each of the most popular browers to get you started: