N+ Tip of the DayWhether you’ve worked on your own websites, or was told by a web administrator that a change was made – sometimes when you go to immediately check… everything is still the same!

If things are resolved on the other party’s end, you might just need to flush your cache.

So, what’s a (DNS) Cache?

Basically, your browser stores information about all of the websites that you had visited. This allows your computer to access the site faster, without having to re-download all of the information and files – you might have noticed that when you first visit a site, it might load slowly… but any instance after that, it loads pretty quick!

Flushing DNS with Windows 7 and 8

You’ll want to open the Command Prompt Window: Press the start button on your taskbar, and type in cmd. Right click on the Command Prompt icon, and click the “Run As Administrator” option.

Type in:

ipconfig /flushdns

When you get the success message of “Windows IP Configuration. Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.” It means that the cache was successfully flushed!

You might want to do a more localized clear of your cache as a back up – a browser based one. We’ll show you how to do so in the most recent versions of each of the major browser: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

 

Google Chrome

  1. Go to your Settings; Click the “hamburger” menu item in the upper right hand corner of your browser. In the resulting drop down, navigate to the Settings option. This will open up a new tab for you.
  2. Go to the bottom of the page, where Show advanced settings… is located. Clicking this link will reveal additional options.
  3. Under Privacy, click the button labeled Clear browsing data…
  4. Change the Obliterate the following items from: option to the beginning of time, and make sure Cached images and files are checked off.
  5. Click Clear Browsing Data, then restart your browser.

Firefox

  1. Go to your settings; Click the “hamburger” menu item in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. This will bring up a new tab with your settings.
  2. In the left hand area of your screen, you’ll see a sidebar menu. Click Advanced, and make sure that the sub-navigation is set to Network.
  3. Under Cached Web Content, click Clear Now. Restart your browser.

Internet Explorer/EDGE

  1. Go to your settings; Click the gear symbol in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. In the resulting drop down, click Internet Options.
  2. A new pop-up will appear. Under the General tab, and Browsing History, you’ll want to click the button labeled Delete…
  3. Uncheck everything but Cookies and Website Data. Then press delete, and restart your browser.

Safari

  1. Go to your settings; Click the gear symbol in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. In the resulting drop down, select Preferences…
  2. You’ll bring up a new popup. Make sure that you are on the Privacy tab, and click the button labeled Remove All Website Data..
  3. You will be given a confirmation window. Click Remove Now, then restart your browser.

 

With these, you should be able to see the most recent versions of the website that you are trying to view. If you still don’t have success? It might be your network’s DNS hasn’t refreshed just yet – because that is a bit out of your immediate control, just give it a hour or two and try again.