WordPress Site Not Updating

There are some common factors why your WordPress website is not updating. The most common cause of a WordPress site not updating right away due to caching issue. For example problem about new posts not appearing on the homepage of your WordPress website, plugin and theme not applying.

Some WordPress hosting companies enable their own caching systems which store a temporary copy of your pages to improve website speed and reduce server load. For some, they may also be using a WordPress caching plugin on your own which may not be configured properly. And then, it could be your browser caches issue too, the browser had stored a cached version of your pages.

Usually, when you make any change to your WordPress website those cached versions expire, and you get to see your changes right away. However, sometimes due to some configuration error this may not happen right away. In that case you will see the old version of that page for a while.

How to fix WordPress Site Not Updating

1. Force Browser to Reload or Clear Cache

Sometimes your browser will show you a cached copy of your website instead of showing the new one. So, it is best for you to use the browser private features. Click “New private window” on your browser. Click “New incognito window” in Google Chrome.

However, if that doesn’t work, then the next step is to clear your browser cache. In Google Chrome, click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner. From the menu, you need to go to “More Tools > Clear Browsing Data”.

2. Clear WordPress Cache for Your Website

One of the main causes of the issue is poorly configured WordPress cache plugin. Most of the users have caching plugins like W3 Total Cache, WP super cache and etc. Basically, these plugins clear the cache when some changes are made to your site. However, if the plugin is configured poorly, the cache may not be cleared and the old version of your site still appears.

You need to empty all caches. This can be easily done by plugin settings. If you are using W3 Total Cache plugin. Go to its Settings page and click empty cache option. If you are using the WP Super Cache plugin, then go to the “Settings > WP Super Cache” page and click on “Delete Cache” button. Now, all the changes will be visible on the main page.

If none of these solutions work for you, you can try disabling the cache plugin. For that just deactivate the plugin. Navigate to Installed Plugins list from left pane of WordPress dashboard and Deactivate the cache plugins.

Even if you don’t have a WordPress caching plugin installed on your website, many WordPress hosting companies deploy their own caching system by default. For instance, if you are on the Bluehost hosting platform, then you’ll notice a “Caching” button in the admin toolbar. Take your mouse over and you’ll see the option to “Purge All” cache. This will delete all cached files from your website.

for managing SiteGround cache by installing and activating the “SG Optimizer” plugin. Upon activation, you need to click on the “Purge SG Cache” button in the WordPress admin toolbar. This will clear up SiteGround cache for your website.

3. CDN Issue

CDN such as Cloudflare is a network that accelerates the content around the world via distributed edge servers. Whenever a user comes to your site, gets redirected to host server. A host server is located at a central position. But if traffic is high, all the users still try to access the same single host server. It delays the content delivery. Here, CDN helps through its wide network. It caches the static content and stores it at all of its servers. Now, your user will be redirected to the nearest CDN server location.

Sometimes, you made changes but the CDN content is not refreshed. So, you will not able to see the expected results. You can try to disable Cloudflare temporarily. To disable, log into Cloudflare then click your domain name and scroll below bottom right you may click “Pause Cloudflare on Site” to disable it. CDN off will make work your WordPress site as expected. Now, all the changes will be visible.

4. Editing the Wrong File

Sometimes, very silly mistakes cause the big problems. You may make changes to the different file and view the different file. For example when you edited the styles.css file but you view the style.css file.

5. Wrong Theme

You face this problem when you are working on one theme but by mistake checking the page that is generated from some other theme. For example some WordPress theme had child theme, you modified the main theme instead of the suppose child theme.

6. Changes Not Saved Yet

Even, the designers, developers, programmers can commit small mistakes. They forgot to save changes by clicking save or update buttons.

7. Coding Mistakes

A small coding mistake like skipping a semicolon (;) will let you pay heavily. It will not update your page.

8. DNS Propagation Delay

If you have recently moved your site to a new server, it’s possible that DNS is not propagated completely yet. Your browsers might be getting the page from the old server. So, it will show the old content. Usually, you have to wait only for 24 hours.

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