Caching is a vital part of any website, including Shopify stores. It helps to speed up the site and improve the user experience. However, sometimes, the cache can cause problems, and you may need to clear it. This article will walk you through the process of clearing the cache on Shopify, both from the browser and the server-side.

Key Takeaways
1
To delete cache on Shopify in Chrome settings, select ‘Show Advanced Settings’, then ‘Clear Browsing Data’ to remove cache.
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In Firefox, access 'Privacy & Security' > 'Cookies and Site Data' > check on 'Cached Web Content', then click 'Clear'.
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For Safari, access 'Preferences' > 'Advanced' > check the box next to 'Show Develop' menu > 'Develop' > 'Empty Caches.'

Why Clear the Cache?

There are several reasons why you might need to clear your Shopify cache:

  1. You've made changes to your theme or site code, but they're not visible.
  2. Your site is loading slowly, and you suspect cached data is the culprit.
  3. You want to ensure your customers see the most up-to-date information and content.

By clearing the cache, you force your site to reload all the necessary files and data, ensuring that your visitors see the latest version of your Shopify store.
 

Clearing Browser Cache on Shopify

Clearing the browser cache is the first step you should take when troubleshooting cache-related issues on Shopify. The process of clearing the cache varies depending on the browser you're using. Here's how to do it in the most popular browsers:

Chrome

  1. Go to Setting.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of Settings and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Under Privacy and security, choose Clear browsing data.
  4. Check the box next to Cached images and files. Uncheck the other options to avoid deleting browser history, cookies, and other things you don’t need to clear.
  5. Click on Clear data.

Firefox

  1. Click on the three lines in the top-right corner of the browser.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Privacy & Security from the left-hand menu.
  4. Scroll down to the Cookies and Site Data section and click on Clear Data.
  5. Check the box next to Cached Web Content.
  6. Click on Clear.

Safari

  1. Click on Safari in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on Preferences.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  5. Close the Preferences window.
  6. Click on Develop in the menu bar.
  7. Click on Empty Caches.
     

Clearing Server-Side Cache on Shopify

If clearing the browser cache doesn't resolve the issue, you may need to clear the server-side cache. Shopify automatically manages server-side caching, so there's no way to clear it directly. However, you can force Shopify to re-cache your store by making a small change to your theme's code.

Here's how to do it:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click on Online Store and then Themes.
  2. Click on the Actions button next to your current theme and then click on Edit code.
  3. In the left-hand menu, click on layout and then theme.liquid.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the file and add a new line of code: `{% comment %} {{ 'now' | date: '%Y%m%d%H%M%S' }} {% endcomment %}`
  5. Click on Save to save the changes.

This code adds a comment to your theme's code that includes the current date and time. When Shopify sees this comment, it treats it as a new version of the theme and re-caches the store.
 

Conclusion: How to Clear Cache on Shopify

Clearing your Shopify cache is a crucial step in maintaining a fast, up-to-date, and seamless experience for your customers. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your store always reflects the latest changes and content, keeping your visitors engaged and satisfied.

Remember, a well-managed cache can significantly improve your site's performance, but it's equally important to clear it when necessary to avoid displaying outdated or incorrect information.

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