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Changes Made in Customizer Not Showing on Live Site

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This article will help you solve issues that occur when you make changes to your site in the Customizer (especially colors and fonts) but the changes aren't displayed on the live or front end version of your site.

This issue is generally not an issue with the theme not working.

When this happens, 99% of the time, it means you have caching on your site or browser and the changes aren't being displayed.

A cache is a saved version of your site. Your site and your browser will use cached or saved versions of your site to display your site more quickly to visitors.

Having caching active while trying to make and see changes on your site can result in you not being able to see the changes. Some caching saves and displays an older version of your site for hours and hours.

There are 2 types of caches you will need to clear or disable while working on your site while making changes on your site.

1. Site Caching

Site caching is done via a plugin on your site or through your server by your web host.

Caching Plugins

If you have a cache plugin active on your site, deactivate it.

Most of these plugins have "cache" in the name, but some do not. Some examples include:

  • W3 Total Cache
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • WP Rocket
  • WP-Optimize
  • WP Super Cache

Don't forget to reactivate the plugin when you are done making changes. Cache plugins help speed up your site.

Server-side (host) Caching

Some hosts offer "server-side" caching which can be faster than some plugins. GoDaddy WordPress hosting is an example of hosting with server-side caching.

With server-side caching, you usually cannot disable the cache unless it's connected to a plugin on your site.

But you can clear your cache. On GoDaddy sites, for example, there is a "Managed Wordpress >> Flush Cache" link at the top of your WordPress dashboard.

If you're not sure about server-side caching, ask your host if they use it and how to clear the cache.

2. Browser Caching

Browsers also store cached versions of sites for hours or more.

Learn how to clear the cache on any browser here: https://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/

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