Clearing your cache in WordPress can be something you may need to do from time to time when using a caching plugin to speed up WordPress. If you make changes to your WordPress site and don't see the changes when visiting the updated page, you may need to clear your cache. This is because the caching plugin could still be showing the cached version of your page.

To force your WordPress site to show your most recent changes right away, you can delete the cache. Below are steps to clear the WordPress cache in both W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

Clear WordPress cache with W3 Total Cache

If you are using the W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress, this is how you clear the cache:

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Performance dashboard W3 Total CacheHover over Performance, then click Dashboard
  3. Empty all cache W3 Total CacheClick empty all caches

Clear WordPress cache with WP Super Cache

If you are using the WP Super Cache plugin, this is how you clear the cache:

  1. Log into the Wordpress Dashboard
  2. Setting WP Super CacheHover over Settings, then click WP Super Cache
  3. Delete cache WP Super CacheOn the WP Super Cache Settings page, click Delete Cache

Once you are done clearing your WordPress cache, you should see any recent changes that you published. The caching plugin should then cache the latest version of your page when the site is visited again.

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n/a Points
2014-04-03 7:11 am

How do I can clear the cache if you do not have that pluging? 

When I share on facebook gets old images

9,162 Points
2014-04-03 8:19 am
If you're not using a caching plugin on your WordPress site, then you would not have any sort of caching enabled. I have noticed that Facebook will indeed grab an incorrect image for the thumbnail quite frequently which unfortunately is unavoidable.
n/a Points
2014-04-03 8:46 am

I finally delete the post and create another one.

Many thanks

n/a Points
2014-04-10 6:45 am

Try this :)

n/a Points
2014-05-13 4:20 pm

Excelent response. Thanks MrHappy

n/a Points
2014-05-23 3:44 pm


Can I automatically empty the cache when public a new article or adjourned/modify an article??

17,331 Points
2014-05-23 4:16 pm
Hello Deamon,

I looked at caching plugins above and both of them do allow you to "clear" the cache when you publish a new or modified article. WP Super Cache has the option in the Advanced section. W3 Total Cache has a Preload Cache option and Purge options that basically do the same thing (you would want to purge the cache first, then do a pre-load based on the modification event.

I'm not sure one does it better, though W3 Total Cache allows you to specifically define it as opposed to WP Super Cache where it is simply a checkbox in the Advanced section.

I hope that helps to provide the information you require!

Let us know if you have any further questions or comments!
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-05-23 5:13 pm

I need enable this right??


17,331 Points
2014-05-23 5:20 pm
Hello Deamon,

Yes, in order to use the cache on publish events, you would check that off. And also include conditions for the purging cache.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-05-31 1:57 am

Hi I have 8 WordPress websites, that are not caching on Google, because of robots files and the robots files are good to go.. Can you help me for the same?


9,525 Points
2014-05-31 9:44 am

Thanks for your question. As long as your robots.txt file is not blocking google, they should crawl your site automatically.

If Google is not indexing your site, you can request that they reconsider crawling it in Webmaster tools; here is a walk through guide.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-09-09 2:50 pm

My WP doesn't even have a performance option and the first option doesn't show up either. Why is this and how do I clear my cache otherwise?

17,331 Points
2014-09-09 2:59 pm
Hello Alyssa,

Thanks for your question! If you're not seeing the performance section in your menu, then you most likely do not have the caching plugin loaded. You can find out how to use WP Super cache here and W3 Total cache here. Once you have it loaded, then you can use the article above to clear the cache.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-09-10 4:21 pm

Hi, How soon can we expect when we do an update and see what was done? For whenever when I update a widget or article, do not see the modification :(

9,525 Points
2014-09-10 4:39 pm
Hello Fabio,

The update should happen immediately. Keep in mind you may have to clear your browser cache in order to refresh the updated information.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2014-09-10 8:38 pm

Hey, thanks for helping. The problem that I have is in the Super Cache plugin. I use IE and Chrome 10 browsers in private mode. If I make a change, for example, a comma in a title in the sidebar, there not appears. Only appears when I disable this plugin. :/

17,331 Points
2014-09-10 8:50 pm
Hello Fabio,

Are you saying that you have this same problem, even after clearing the cache as per the instructions above? Once the cache is cleared and rebuilt, then you should be able to see the changes after you clear your browser cache. Browser caching would still occur in private mode. It's just not saved when the session is closed. Try clearing the browser cache in private mode and then see if the problem recurs.

Arnel C.

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