Cached web pages


If you can only view an old (outdated) copy of a web page which you believe has been updated, you should take note of the following:

Your web browser has a page caching mechanism which stores previously viewed web pages for faster viewing when re-visiting that page. Your PC may have the old version of the page cached. Depending on your web browser's option settings this old version may be presented to you when you view the page again. In order to bypass the cached page in your PC's cache and see the updated page directly from the web site, you can "refresh" your web page - F5 will do it.

If this fails to present the updated page that you know has been changed, you can contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most of them use a PROXY SERVER to cache web pages viewed by their customers. It achieves the same thing as your web browser’s caching mechanism but works for everyone who visits that page, not just you. Their settings for retention of their cached pages may not be appropriate (i.e. too long).

If you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, you can modify your browser cache settings by going to ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’. Then on the ‘General’ tab under ‘Browsing history’ click on ‘Settings’ and then in the ‘Temporary Internet files’ section of the window presented set the ‘Check for newer versions of stored pages:’ as per your required preference.