We have learned some new terminology: clear your cache, reset your browser, redirect the page, and so many more.
I’d like to write about clearing your cache and resetting your browser, because these easy steps should be a typical part of your computer housekeeping, and were very helpful to us when we started testing after going live.
Because we constantly work in the “back office” of our web site to change categories, repair a description, add an image, etc., our computers automatically go to the pages that we had worked on during the preceding days and weeks. In order for us to get a clean start and not get bogged down by having the computer “remember ‘ those old pages, we would clear our cache. Your cache is information that your computer has saved from the web sites you browse. When you start typing in a web site and you notice it automatically filling in the rest for you, this is your cache going to work. Years ago when computers didn’t have as much memory as they do now, you needed to clear your cache often because sometimes it would actually fill up your hard drive. What it can also do is slow down your computer. So clearing out your cache will free up disk space, help your computer to run faster, and delete the history of the sites you have visited. You can find directions on how to clear the cache for the particular browser you use (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, etc.) by doing a search (example: how do I clear the cache on my Google Chrome browser?). Make sure you follow the directions for the version of the browser that you are using. For example, clearing for an older version of Mozilla Firefox may not be the same as for the most recent version.
Resetting the browser was a new one for me as I had neither heard of it nor done it before. It resets your browser to the default version. It will remove some of the “things” that have appeared, like when a new search engine takes over your favorite one, a new series of tabs appears that you didn’t ask for, or a new website appears upon opening of the internet instead of the page that you were used to and relied on. Resetting your browser will eliminate undesirable history and help your computer to run faster in the event you may have been looking at a web site that hung up on you and you’ve not been able to get it to work since, or you opened up a site on a search and it wasn’t what you expected and a bunch of pop-up windows blasted you in the face. All those fun things. There is a cute video on this at http://blog.mozilla.org/verdi/166/the-new-reset-firefox-feature-is-like-magic/. It pertains to Mozilla, but the general information is excellent. Remember to retain your bookmarks if you have any. You may lose your passwords, but I refrain from storing those on my computer as a general rule.
So why am I writing about this? During all of the testing for our web site (and testing and testing), on occasion our own site hung up on us, and one time I was unable to log out which caused my cart to malfunction. We were instructed to clean up and reset as we went along. Well, your computer has our old web site stored in your cache and in your browser. In other words, the old www.folkharp.com that you have been using since 2006 no longer exists, yet your computer thinks that it does. Not only our website; many companies and individuals reconfigure and recreate their web sites every so often, or change hosting locations.
So consider clearing your cache and resetting your browsers. You may find your computer runs faster and more efficiently, and perhaps your web experience will be just a little more enjoyable.
— Mary Radspinner
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