How to clear your browser cache and cookies

In our previous blog post, “How to refresh browser, web page,” we talked about how to refresh you browser in order for users to see changes to a website.

“When we make changes to a clients’ website, they often don’t see the changes right away. This is because their browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) has cached web pages. When a browser caches a web page, it stores a local copy on the visitor’s computer. This speeds up the page load time so the visitor can view the information faster when they visit the page again.”

If you don’t immediately see changes made to the website, you may have to go the extra step of clearing your browser cache and cookies in addition to refreshing your web page.

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How to refresh browser, web page

When we make changes to a clients’ website, they often don’t see the changes right away. This is because their browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) has cached web pages. When a browser caches a web page, it stores a local copy on the visitor’s computer. This speeds up the page load time so the visitor can view the information faster when they visit the page again.

In order to see changes made on a website that you have already viewed, you’ll need to refresh the web page. The process is different depending on which browser you are using. Find your browser below, and follow the instructions to refresh the web page.

Refresh Browser – Chrome (Mac)

At the top of your screen, go to “View” > “Reload This Page”.

Shortcut: command + R

Refresh Browser - Chrome (Mac)
Screenshot of how to refresh web page in Chrome on a Mac

Refresh Browser – Firefox (Mac)

At the top of your screen, go to “View” > “Reload”.

Shortcut: command + R

Refresh Browser - Firefox (Mac)
Screenshot of how to refresh web page in Firefox on a Mac

Refresh Browser – Safari (Mac)

At the top of your screen, go to “View” > “Reload Page”.

Shortcut: command + R

Refresh Browser - Safari (Mac)
How to refresh web page with Safari on a Mac

Refresh Browser – Opera (Mac)

Opera for Mac does not have a menu option for refreshing a web page. Use the keyboard shortcut (below).

Shortcut: command + R

Windows Browsers, including IE, coming soon…

PHP Files Downloading, Not Displaying, on MediaTemple (dv) Server

I recently ran into an issue with my PHP files being downloaded instead of displayed. I run multiple sites on a MediaTemple (dv) server. All the sites I setup previously were unaffected, but this new site was still having issues with all PHP files. This issue is actually with the Parallels Plesk Panel.

Upgrading Parallels Plesk 10.4

When you upgrade to Parallels Plesk Panel 10.4, the Plesk control panel changes quite a bit. It appears that some of the defaults change, too.

Login to Plesk as the specific webspace that you are having trouble with.

Click the “Websites & Domains” tab.

Scroll to the bottom and click on the name of your domain.

There are quite a few options on this page. They used to be enabled by default, but now you have to manually enable them after setting up a domain.

To enable PHP files to display (instead of download), you need to check the box that says “PHP Support”. It’s up to you how to run it, but the default used to be “as Apache module”, so unless you have reason to change it, I recommend sticking with that.

The image below shows what all the default options used to be. If you are running Ruby on Rails, or any other platforms, you’ll want to enable them as well.

SSL Support on MediaTemple (dv) Server

The SSL Support is only needed if you are using an SSL. Don’t worry that there are no SSLs listed. The actual SSL certificate is assigned & managed at the main server level. So as long as you’ve set that up properly on the server, checking this box is the last step you need to enable SSL for the domain.

Time Flies. But Do You Know What Doesn’t Fly?

{ might want to rethink the title }

Time.

How can something both fly & not fly? Hear me out. I think you’ll like where I’m going with this. At the very least, it’ll give you a different perspective on how you view your time.

“Where did October go?” “I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner?” “Is it really the 30th already?”

We’ve all said it at some point. And we’re all insinuating that time moves extremely fast. What’s here one minute… is gone the next. Time flies.

Then you hop on Facebook on a Monday morning. Or Friday afternoon. Post after post after post about “can’t wait ’til the weekend,” or “case of the Mondays,” or “ugh, longest day everrrrrr.”

Time flies when we want it to last forever. And it moves at a sluggish pace when we want it to fly. Sounds to me like we’re trying to take advantage of it. Manipulate it to do what we want it to.

Time is one of the true constants in this world. I can’t think of anything more consistent. More predictable. Or more reliable. Seriously, has lunch time ever stood you up? Has night time ever failed to turn off the lights? Dinner time ever failed to produce awkward table conversation with your two teenage daughters? (OK, maybe that last one isn’t always true, but you still ate dinner, right?)

The reality is that time doesn’t fly. And it’s not a snail, either. To quote one of my favorite – and most useless – phrases of all time: It is what it is.

Now that we agree time is consistent, predictable & extremely reliable…

does it make sense for us to complain about it? If your best friend/wife/husband/mother/brother consistently drove you to all your soccer games… predictably bought you awesome Christmas gifts year after year… and you could always rely on them to be there… would you complain to them?

{ Needs a little more to finish it up }