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How to Fix WordPress Website Not Updating Right Away

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How to Fix WordPress Website Not Updating Right Away

Are you trying to fix your WordPress website not updating right away?

Often users ask us why some changes they make to their site like a new blog post, widget settings, don’t appear right away. It is a common issue and very easy to fix.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily fix a WordPress website not updating right away.

Fixing a WordPress website not updating right away

Why My WordPress Site Not Updating Right Away?

The most common cause of a WordPress site not updating right away is caching.

By default, many WordPress hosting companies enable their own caching systems which store a temporary copy of your pages to improve website speed and reduce server load.

Apart from that, you may also be using a WordPress caching plugin on your own which may not be configured properly.

Last but not the least, your browser may also store a cached version of your pages in temporary storage.

Normally, 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.

The most common symptom of this problem is new posts not appearing on the homepage of your WordPress website.

While you can still view the single post by clicking on the view post link from the WordPress admin area, you are unable to see it on the main page.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily fix this issue.

Fixing WordPress Website Not Updating Issue

You’ll start by first clearing the browser cache. For most users, this should fix the issue, and you wouldn’t need to proceed to step 2.

Step 1. Force Browser to Reload or Clear Cache

Sometimes your browser (specially Google Chrome) will show you a cached copy of your website instead of showing the new one.

To resolve this issue, you need to simply hit CTRL + F5 (or Cmd + R in Mac) buttons on your keyboard to reload the page.

This will ask the browser to reload the page by fetching a fresh version. In most cases, this would fix the issue for many users.

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.

Clear browser cache

For more details, see our guide on how to clear cache in all major browsers.

Step 2. Clear WordPress Cache for Your Website

The second and most likely cause of this issue is poorly configured WordPress caching plugin. Most caching plugins make it super easy to clear your cache with the click of a button.

1. WP Rocket

If you are using WP Rocket on your website, then simply go to the Settings » WP Rocket page and click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button under the dashboard tab.

WP Rocket clear cache

2. WP Super Cache

If you are using the WP Super Cache plugin, then go to the Settings » WP Super Cache page and click on ‘Delete Cache’ button.

WP Super Cache delete cache

3. Bluehost

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.

Clear cache in Bluehost

Take your mouse over and you’ll see the option to ‘Purge All’ cache. This will delete all cached files from your website.

4. SiteGround

SiteGround is another top WordPress hosting company that offers its own built-in caching system.

You can manage SiteGround cache by installing and activating the SG Optimizer plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to click on the Purge SG Cache button in the WordPress admin toolbar.

Purge SiteGround cache

This will clear up SiteGround cache for your website.

For more hosting companies and caching plugins, see our complete guide on how to clear WordPress cache.

We hope this article helped you fix WordPress website not updating right away issue. You may also want check out our guide on the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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  1. Javed Iqbal says:

    I have updated my WordPress Version 5.5.I have created a posts after that but my post now showing completely on my site. plz how can I resolved this issue.I used above mentioned method but same result.plz guide me how can i fix this issue.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme and they would be able to assist.

  2. Junaid says:

    I was the same issue in my WordPress website. But I solved this issue Through Reading This Post.. Thanks Buddy…..

  3. Abhishek Gupta says:

    I have updated the payment method (COD) in my wordpress panel but it is not updating in the website. I don’t know why??

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      As this article states, you would want to clear any caching on your site, and should that not work you may need to reach out to your ecommerce plugin’s support to ensure that there isn’t an issue with the plugin itself.

  4. Gman says:

    Great, thanks for the article. ctrl+F5 worked for me.
    I had previously tried clearing the cache, but still it didn’t work, but ctrl+F5 worked right away for some reason.
    Thanks again

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Good to know to check your browser cache as well as the website cache as it sounds like that was your issue :)

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Our recommended solutions should work unless you have an odd niche error. Feel free to reach out to us using our contact form should none of our recommendations help you :)

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You would want to reach out to your host to ensure you changed the PHP in the correct location and if you did you may want to try deleting your htaccess file and resaving your permalinks to recreate the file.

  5. Zeeshan Alam says:

    Thank you for sharing this post, its really Cached plugin I remove the cache and my post update text showing on Homepage

    Thanks a lot

  6. Colton says:

    You’re a lifesaver, seriously. Couldn’t figure out why my pages weren’t updating but once I deleted and deactivated my cache, they all appeared. I’m so relieved!

  7. Robin says:

    I have done everything suggested several times and my updates are still not showing on my front page. What else can I do?
    Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You would likely want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there are no errors or caching from your host’s end

  8. Peter says:

    I don’t understand. When I’m on the homepage its empty, then I click “Customise” in the bottom right and it takes me to the version I’ve worked on, but when I go back to the homepge it’s still empty. I can’t see anything anywhere about plugins apart from the download page but it says I need to be on the business plan (I’m on premium).

    Is my webpage stuck like this until I upgrade to business? Do I need to install a plugin or does the premium plan come with one already? Clearing the cache on my computer does nothing unfortunately.

  9. Arfaan says:

    Great video! however, I do not have any cache plugins of any sort. I have cleared my brower cache and still no luck :( Any other suggestions? im using Chrome.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Have you checked with your hosting provider to ensure they don’t have caching for your site?

  10. Adam says:

    I had a problem with my website today and found this solution and it worked perfectly. Thank-you very much. WPBeginner is always the first place that I look whenever I have a problem with my WordPress website and so far I have always been able to resolve it with the material that I find here. Very helpful. Thank-you very much.

  11. chinweike onwuchekwa says:

    thank you very much for this. being having problem with my website not updating immediately. after this video. I uninstalled the wp super cache and my website updated immediately. thank you so much.

  12. Kevin says:

    Hello! Great article. Unfortunately it didn’t help me, and I don’t have a caching plugin. Any other solutions? I have cleared cache in Chrome as well.

  13. Heather says:

    I made a few minor changes to our website content. When I test it on my computer using chrome, the updates are there. If I use IE on my computer I do not see the changes and co-workers using IE, chrome or Mozilla do not see the changes. I made the changes and then clicked update on the page in the dashboard. Please help.

  14. Ashley says:

    Any suggestions for this issue? WordPress says ‘All themes are up to date’ but my theme is not up to date therefore I can’t install the latest version. My site is broken because the developer says I need the lastest version but I am stuck because WordPress says all themes up to date. Ever heard of this? My site has been down for 13 months because of this and the developer offers no support once you pay for the theme.

  15. Christopher says:

    I am having a devilish problem. I changed an image on my home page… (woocommerce storefont) — and also a product image. I have done every variation of purging possible… but the home page keeps reverting to the previous form. I have changed it other times… had a some problems but managed to get it to work. IN fact these times… I purge and reload, etc… and get the correct page. Then I immediately purge everything again… including browser of course… then it seems to work. Then I close and open and it is the wrong page again…. OR I press the top icon which takes you back to the front page and it is the old one. The mobiles show the previous home page… and the old images in other locations. ?? – totally feel like I wasting huge amounts of time over something shouldn’t even happen. I disabled super cache… got it right right… and then boom it reverted again… reenables super cache… purged everything… got it right… one click… back to the old home page… ANY IDEAS??

  16. Raj Trivedi says:

    Hey Team,

    I do not have any WordPress caching plugin and the posts do not get updated for at least 2 hours or less. We have cloudfare cdn. We have tried everything in the books to resolve the problem This problem persists with posts and category listing where all the posts are shown of its category, This happens randomly, sometimes it will get updated and sometimes not. When logged in to WordPress we are able to see the updated content but not when we are logged out or as a visitor visiting the website.

    Ideally, after 2 hours everything gets updated at once.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Hey Raj,

      Have you tried disabling Cloudflare temporarily to see if this resolves your issue. We will also suggest contacting your WordPress hosting provider particularly if they have their own caching solutions in place.

  17. Vince says:

    No good. I have tried everything and suddenly today NO changes of menus, widgtes, logo ect are reflected on the site, unless I’m logged in to wordpress admin panel.

  18. Lucy says:

    I’ve had so many problems with my updates not showing, and after following every piece of advice I could find online was at my wits end.

    However, I think I have solved it – for me, at least.

    My hosting is done through Bluehost and there is an automatically installed plugin called Endurance Cache (I’ve since learned this through Googling), which I think defaults to Level 2 setting. In a last ditch attempt, I set this to Level 0 and low and behold my updates appear.

  19. Sommer Arruda says:

    Im have a strange issue. The WordPress has updated… But only on certain computers. 3 computers have the updated version of my website, where the other 2 do not.

    I had a small problem with text randomly fading away and never coming back on my front page, I went to fix it and now Im having the issue with different computers seeing different things. I am not sure if this is a wordpress problem, a plugin problem, or something else.

    Anyone else had this problem? And have you fixed it?

  20. Mohamed atef says:

    I don’t have any cache plugin and i have this problem what is should do ?
    Please help me

  21. Alex Legard says:

    Unfortunately, I still have this issue even though I never had any caching plugin installed in the first place. The web page isn’t updating even after using ctrl-F5. I installed W3 Total Cache and followed the steps in this article. I don’t know what the issue could possibly be.

  22. June says:

    So I installed W3 cache plugin, and it actually seemed to slow down my site. I uninstalled it, but now my site is not reloading on google chrome no matter what I do. I don’t know how to fix it. Do I need to resinstall W3 cach plugin to fix it? Thanks!

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Hey June,

      If your website loads correctly on other browsers, then try to clear your browser cache.

  23. Mak says:

    Please Help !!

    I changed the email address and location of my website in wp editor ..after updating am unable to see the google map and also my email icon not showing on live site .please help

  24. Mister Z says:

    Thank you very much for this post! I was wondering why my date on a post was not updating! It was because of the caching.

  25. Steve says:

    “To resolve this issue, you need to simply hit CTRL + F5 (or Cmd + R in Mac) buttons on your keyboard to reload the page.”

    And who’s going to tell my readers this? Why doesn’t anyone answer the obvious question of how to make readers get the latest version? All other websites out there seem to load the latest version so there’s clearly a solution.

  26. Nirdosh says:

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I have been trying all sorts of things to resolve this issue but nothing worked unless I found this article. Thanks once again for helping us out!

  27. Fred Haycock says:

    I wanted to know How to Fix WordPress Website Not Updating Right Away I have been trying all sorts of things within in my admin area for the last 2 days with no luck.
    I then came on your site and followed the instructions on the video and within seconds my problem was solved AMAZING. I will bookmark wpbeginner.com and will also recommend as a matter of course, thanks very much for information and help

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Hi Fred,

      We are glad you found it helpful. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more WordPress tips and tutorials.

  28. Ecole Maison says:

    Hi, this did not work for me. I deactivate all my plugins, I cleared the cache, I changed my theme, and the 3 together… and my posts/pages still do not update. Even deleted widget stil appear in the sidebar. And it is 3 days now, of searching an answer. Do you have an idea ?

  29. Ecole Maison says:

    You are wrong in our case. It’s been 1 week that we are changing pages which do not change on line. We remove widgets on theses pages / articles and they are still there. We completely remove plugins and widgets on all pages / articles and the pages/articles are still the same. It is really the strangest thing We’ve seen sinc we started 10 years ago.

  30. Rick says:

    We are having a problem where our blog content is showing updates we make but any text links are not being updated. For example, changing text in a headline will show up but changing a link in the text from a location on our dev site to a location on our live site does not show up. The original link to our dev site persists and the update to the link is not reflected in the updated page. One other quirky thing is that when I am logged in as an admin the link update to our live site is shown while regular users see the old link to the dev site.

  31. Arthur Hicken says:

    What if none of the above work. IE I have no cache plugins, browser refresh doesn’t work, loading from a fresh browser on a fresh machine still shows the original page? I’ve copied the .htaccess file from a working wordpress blog I have and there is nothing in the WP section in that file.

  32. Neil Speers says:

    Found an odd cure based on something I read above in one of the other comments. Been fighting with WordPress for about 8 hours trying to get the new site look to appear. It had nothing to do with browser caches – I looked on machines that hadn’t loaded the site yet. Wasn’t the cache plugin in WordPress, I didn’t even have one installed on the site. Tried installing one and deleting the cache to see if that would trick it into fixing things. Tried changing between themes, turning off plugins, and so on.

    Finally – after reading about the .httaccess file, I went in by ftp and deleted everything off the file, reloaded the site on my browswer and the new theme and page showed up. Reinserted the text into the .httaccess file and everything seems to be working. But of course, if I change things in the future they are not going to show up.

    So now – any suggestion on which line in .httaccess is causing the problem? And what can be done about it.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      .htaccess file in WordPress is used for setting up SEO Friendly Urls. Some other plugins may also add code to this file. Generally, it has the same code which starts with #Begin WordPress and ends with #End WordPress lines. If you have just that particular code block, then this can be a bug in your theme or a plugin you are using. Try updating your permalink structure. Simply visit Settings » Permalinks and then click on the save changes button without changing anything.

      • Neil Speers says:

        That would make sense, except it happened with several themes including the stock themes with wordpress installs, and no plugins active. The ONLY thing that I did that actually fixed it was the change the .htaccess file. However I didn’t try the permalink change – if I run into this issue again I’ll give that a try.

  33. VicHaunter says:

    Hello and thanks for the explanation. If you disable all caches in the plugins and CDN, and you can see the updates of the website, but in feedburn, ifttt, zapier, gtmetrix, pagespeed, etc continues appearing the cached content what can be happening?

  34. Dheeraj Singh says:

    Somehow I am unable to see the results even after deactivating and deleting the plugin. Tried on multiple devices as well.

    I can see the changes when logged in as an admin, however not for non logged in users in WP.

    • VicHaunter says:

      I had the same problem, was solved changing WP Super Cache from htaccess to php and deleting the rules from the .htaccess file. If you entered some time must delete it if change the configuration. See also if you have any CDN configured like cloudflare and change to development mode in the cdn panel to see if changes occur.

      Also can be if you have server cache like varnish or nginx proxie.

  35. Greg Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for the quick video. I have been fighting it for hours and simply deleting my cache helped resolve the issue immediately!

  36. John says:

    Is there a way to force a browser to load the latest version of my page thus overriding the browser cache? It is all well and good me emptying my browser cache so I can see the updates but that approach does nothing to fix the issue for my readers. Any tips would be appreciated?

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