WordPress page not updating
March 18, 2020 Sanjay Dabhoya

It can be very frustrating if you face a situation where your WordPress page update is not working.

Any changes you make to your website do not become visible immediately. You find that you are unable to complete many of the basic functionalities you need to on your platform.

Some of the issues you may be facing include:

  • You can view the changes in your WordPress admin area, but they do not reflect once you publish them.
  • You have a problem customizing your layout, even after you add the necessary CSS. Any changes you make to it will not be visible once you make the changes.
  • You cannot see any changes you make to widgets, sidebars, and plugins.


Why is WordPress changes not showing On My Site?

There are several reasons for the WordPress page update not working, but fortunately, they are fixable. Let’s dive into the topic below.


1. Browser Cache

The browser cache can be very helpful, especially if you visit particular sites all the time. The first time you log in, the page may take some time to load, but the next time it doesn’t take as long. What your browser will do, to be helpful, is to store web information so that you load particular web pages from your computer and not the website. This is what we refer to as a cache.

Caching helps with optimizing the browsing experience by making it faster. However, if there is any kind of significant change to the site and the browser does not recognize it, it will reload the page you were on before. Configuration of your WordPress cache plugin will result in your WordPress page not updating.

The right plugin will automatically clear your cache anytime there is a change to your site. However, if you did not configure it correctly, it will not be able to perform the function, and you will have a repeat of the old version of your website still appearing. It does not matter how many times you try to refresh the page; it will reload without clearing the cache.

Cache Plugins


How to fix the problem?

The best option would be to clear your cache. The type of browser you use will determine how you fix it. Having the right setting for your plugins will also help with fixing the problem. Some of the WordPress plugins that can help with caching include W3 Total Cache, Autoptimize, and WP Super Cache, among others. The plugins will allow you to empty the cache and also give you control over what the plugin can cache.

WP Super Cache WordPress Plugin

You can, for example, opt not to cache the front page, so you need to turn off the default front page caching.

If the WordPress update not working continues to persist, you may want to disable the plugin altogether. The process is as easy as deactivating the cache on the WordPress dashboard.

Depending on the browser, follow either one of the steps below.

For Google Chrome:
  • Press CMD + R for Mac or CTRL + F5
  • Settings > History > empty Cache
  • Press CTRL + SHIFT + R
  • Options > privacy and security > cached web content > clear now
Internet Explorer:
  • Hold the shift button and click on the refresh button
  • Gear wheel > safety >  delete browsing history >  temporary internet files and website files >  delete
  • browser >  Safari > reset >  empty cache
  • CTRL + ALT + E

Take advantage of the browser setting that minimizes or stops the caching of web pages. Do note; however, you may experience slower web pages, and it will not totally eliminate caching, but it will help with the problem quite significantly. You will find a lot of information on how you can turn off the cache feature for the different browsers online.


2. You Have Not Enabled Your CDN

A CDN network has the primary purpose of accelerating content through distributed edge services.  Every time you get a web visitor, he or she will be redirected to a host server that sits at a central location. Sometimes when you have very high traffic on your website, and everyone is clamoring for access on a single host server, it will lead to delay in content delivery.

The CDN will come in and cache the static content, after which it will store it in one of its servers. In this way, the users will be redirected to the nearest CDN server. If you do not refresh the CDN content, any changes you make will not be visible.


How to fix the problem?

CDN Enable Settings

The best solution is to use a cache plugin to enable the CDN, thus temporarily bypassing or disabling it. If you are using W3 Total Cache Plugin, you will find the disable button in the general settings. You will be able to effectively take care of your WordPress page not updating if this was the issue.

Also Read: How To Manage WordPress Website? (Especially Helpful Tips)


3. Server-Side Caching

There are many backend processes that the web hosting services have that you may not be aware of.

They may, for example, be using caching plugins that may interfere with the proper working of your WordPress pages. The issue is very common when you are using the managed WordPress hosting plans because they use server-side caching.

Depending on the plugins they use, any cached version of your website will expire after some time, and you’ll only get the updated version of your site once the old one is gone.


How to fix the problem?

You will need to request information from your web host provider on whether or not they are using search plugins. If the answer is yes, you can ask them to switch it off if it is interfering with the working of the WordPress pages, you will need to access the web hosts configuration panel to switch it off. You can also try to flush the cache manually, and you will be able to notice a change with the updates on your WordPress pages.

Caching Proxy services such as HTTP Reverse may interfere with how fast you see any changes to any edits you make. You will see the changes at the expiry of the cached version. In this case, you will have to make changes to your caching system to get rid of the problem.


4. You Have Installed The Wrong WordPress Cache Plugin

You may have installed a WordPress plugin to increase functionality on your website. So, you get faster loading pages and a better user experience for your visitors. Depending on the plugin, you can retrieve your page faster, instead of always having to generate them time and time again. The right cache plugin will clear the cache anytime you make any changes like when you post a blog, card comments, change a theme, among others.

However, the plugin does not clear the cache, and you will notice that the old version keeps reappearing. This is a clear indicator that the WordPress page not working problem is occurring. It is important to note that WordPress does not by default come with a cache. Any problem you may be facing will be due to the cache plugin that you installed.


How to fix the problem?

Go back to the instruction manual for your plugin to check how to clear the cache.


5. Lack Of Attention To Details

It may surprise you but, lack of attention on your part can result in a WordPress page not updating. However, do not beat yourself up too much because anyone can make a mistake. Fortunately, you can correct some of them. So what could you be doing wrong on your WordPress site?

Have You Confirmed Your Address?

This is a problem that occurs more commonly than you would believe. You may, for example, fix a particular address and end up viewing the wrong one. Confusion may arise due to leaving out or including a word, digit, or letter from the original.

You may have, for example, been working on a style1.css and end up viewing a stylel.css.


How to fix the problem?

Pay close attention to what you are editing, especially with regards to the file paths. If the paths are similar, find a way of distinguishing them so that you avoid any possibility of confusing them. Consider, for example, using style-green.css and style-900.css.


(A) Have You Checked Your Template?

When editing a template, ensure that whatever it is you are editing is coming from that particular template. If for example, you have a header title, it is not uncommon to see the same on an archive page, search page, single post page among others.


How to fix the problem?

Pay close attention to matching the pages you are changing with the words you are viewing. Be especially watchful about overwriting, because it may not erase the original. If you think you may need the original page at some point, maybe for reference, back it up elsewhere and then delete it from the host server. In this way, you can upload the new one without worrying that you will confuse the original and the new one.


(B) You Did Not Save Your Changes

Have you ever worked on something on your computer for some time and then realize that you forgot to make the changes. Even those with experience such as programmers, designers and developers occasionally make them.


How to fix the problem?

Make it a habit to save any changes you make. If you realize that you did not save your modifications, just go back and save.


(C) You Made Some Coding Mistakes

A small mistake, such as skipping a comma or a semicolon where it matters, can impact on the proper functioning of your WordPress page updates.


How to fix the problem?

Check your code and correct any spelling mistakes. Debug your HTML, CSS, and PHP and ensure that you have correctly done the uploads, themes, and templates.

Useful Read: How To Prevent WordPress Plugins From Breaking Your Website (Best Practices)


(D) Propagate your DNS

You need to ensure that you have propagated your DNS completely when you move to a new server. If your browser is still getting information on the old server, it will show you the old content.


How to fix the problem?

Before making any changes, propagate your DNS completely. It may take 24 hours or more, but you can still make modifications by logging onto the hosting panel.


(E) Test Your Changes

WordPress page update not working because you cannot see any changes you have made? Do the following:

  • Ensure you are working on the correct file
  • Have the right name and place it in the right location
  • Backup what you’re working on?
  • Make a significant change
  • View the change on your browser only after clearing the cache to ensure you see the new version
  • If you see no change, delete the file from your server?
  • Try and view it again. If it does not appear, then you know that you and WordPress are looking at different files.
  • Try and figure out why it is happening and where your data is?
  • Access the options panels to confirm your URL settings are correct.
  • If you find no solution, try, and get help from the WordPress forum.


Final Thoughts

We have looked at various reasons why WordPress updates not working and what you can do about it. You must look at your cache, plugins, avoid any mistakes in editing, and seek help from experts on the WordPress forum.

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