How to Purge the Cache on a Website Using Cloudways Hosting Panel: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
Do you use Cloudways for your website hosting? If yes, there might come a time when you need to purge or clear the cache to ensure that your website visitors see the most recent version of your content. Cache, in simplest terms, is a way for websites to load faster by storing copies of pages. But sometimes, this means old or outdated content might show up.
Fear not! This step-by-step guide, tailored for the non-technical user, will guide you through the simple process of purging the cache on Cloudways.
1. Log into Your Cloudways Account
- Start by navigating to the Cloudways website.
- On the top right corner, click on the ‘Login’ button.
- Enter your credentials and sign in.
2. Access Your Application Dashboard
- Once you’re logged in, you’ll be on the main Cloudways dashboard.
- Locate the ‘Applications’ tab on the top menu and click on it.
- From the list of applications, choose the website where you’d like to purge the cache.
3. Navigate to the “Manage Services” Section
- Within your chosen application, you will find a vertical menu on the left side.
- Click on the “Manage Services” option.
4. Find the “Purge” Button
- Within the ‘Manage Services’ section, you’ll notice two primary options: ‘Varnish’ and ‘Application Cache’. Both are caching mechanisms offered by Cloudways.
- To ensure a comprehensive purge, it’s a good idea to clear both caches.
5. Clear the Varnish Cache
- Next to ‘Varnish’, you will see an on/off toggle and a button labelled ‘Purge’.
- Simply click on the ‘Purge’ button. This action will clear the Varnish cache.
6. Clear the Application Cache
- Now, find the ‘Application Cache’ option.
- Similar to Varnish, you’ll see an on/off toggle and a ‘Purge’ button.
- Click on the ‘Purge’ button next to ‘Application Cache’.
7. Verify Your Changes
- Once you’ve purged both caches, it’s a good idea to visit your website in a browser to ensure that the latest version is being displayed.
- If you’ve made recent changes to your website, they should now be visible.
Purging cache is a simple yet essential task for any website owner using Cloudways. It ensures that your visitors always see the most recent and relevant content. With this guide in hand, even those without technical know-how can confidently maintain their website’s freshness.
Remember, while caching speeds up your website, it’s crucial to manage it correctly. Regularly purging your cache, especially after making significant updates, can provide your audience with the best user experience.
Also published on Medium.