You may notice when visiting a new site that sometimes it doesn’t immediately show up in its entirety on your screen. If you wait, spend a little time there, then come back later, you’ll find it loads much quicker on each return visit.
In order to get a particular site to appear quickly on your screen, your cache selects data from it on the first visit. Then, when you go to the site again, “set” items upload immediately — directly off YOUR computer — as “fresh” material is arriving from the site.
It’s as if the computer “remembers” where it’s been — allowing you to “arrive” almost instantly.
Unfortunately, it can create problems when the site in question has been, or is being, replaced.
The computer, in a sense, is confused. It doesn’t know what to grab from where. So it simply doesn’t connect.
The best way to work around that takes two steps:
1. Updating your browser
2. Cleaning your cache
If you use INTERNET EXPLORER, click on this link:
FIREFOX gives you two options:
1. In your browser menu, go to “HELP > Check for Updates”
2. OR: Click on this link: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/update/
(It’s a wonderful guide to upgrades and updates. I like it because it helps you understand what/why you’re doing, rather than a series of commands.)
CLEARING YOUR CACHE:
Different browsers have different cache-clearing instructions.
As above, this primer deals with the two most often used, both of which are preferred by Windows users. If you use a different browser, or a Mac, you can contact me and I will gladly walk you through the steps.
FOR INTERNET EXPLORER:
1. Open your browser. Click the “TOOLS” menu.
2. Click on “DELETE BROWSING HISTORY.”
3. Select: “TEMPORARAY INTERNET FILES.”
4. Click the “DELETE” button near the bottom of the window to delete your temporary files
Here’s a GREAT tip: INTERNET EXPLORER can automatically clean your cache for you….
1. Click the Advanced tab, then — under “Security” — check the box “Empty Temporary Internet Files when browser is closed.” Click OK.
2. At the same time: UNCHECK the “Preserve Favorites Website Data.”
1. Click the Tools menu, then select “CLEAR RECENT HISTORY.”
2. Choose the “TIME RANGE” you’d like to clear.
3. Click on “DETAILS” and make sure Cache is checked.
4. Select “CLEAR NOW.”
Safari, Google Chrome and Opera shouldn’t present similar problems. If they do, please contact me and I will be happy to walk you through.
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