How to Stop Your Website From Caching Stylesheets
There is a good reason why your website looks the same as everyone else’s. In this article, you are going to learn about a simple yet very effective way to stop your website from caching stylesheets.
Give It A Try And See How It Works
The first step to take when trying out a new technique is to simply try it. You can always go back and remove the code you tried once you saw it wasn’t working as expected. That way you don’t have to worry about breaking something else on your site.
In this case, we are going to use Firefox’s Developer Tools to clear the existing cache in a website. Before we begin, you need to download and install the Firefox Developer Tools.
Once you have them installed, you can use the console to clear the cache. You can do this by entering the command clear cache in the console.
Next, we will head over to the Styles folder in our site’s folder. The stylesheet used to display our content usually sits in this folder. In most cases, the stylesheet gets automatically cached by the browser. So it would make sense that we need to prevent this from happening. To do this, we need to insert a tag in the head of our stylesheet. This will instruct the browser not to cache the stylesheet.
Here is the code that needs to be added to the head of our stylesheet:
<!-- no cache -->
As you can see, we added an HTML comment that contains only the word `no` followed by a semicolon. This is a very simple and effective way of indicating to the browser that this particular stylesheet should never be cached. Because we indicated that this particular stylesheet should not be cached, the browser ignores the usual automatic cache settings for the Styles folder and always loads the most up-to-date version of the file.
When a stylesheet is cached, it usually means that the style has been temporarily overridden by an action taken by the visitor to the site. So it would not be a good idea to cache this particular stylesheet. The only time this is acceptable is if you are making a large number of changes to a single stylesheet and want to prevent the risk of caching bugs.
Make Sure That Everything Is Linked Correctly
When we navigate to a page on our site, the browser usually loads the associated stylesheet and renders the page’s content based on the styles therein. This is mainly because most websites include a `` tag pointing to the stylesheet. So the browser automatically looks for the Stylesheet when it needs to render a page.
These tags tell the browser where to look for the associated stylesheet, and it is important that they are linked correctly. In fact, if you are using an older, pre-HTML5 version of HTML, you should include a `