in a nutshell, any changes I make to the website are not visible without first clearing the web cache. This isnt limited to any single browser, it applies to mobile, chrome, mozilla etc, on mobile and desktop.
I’ve also made changes from different locations and ISP’s, same result.
The website is basically something requested by my Grandmother, for her to stick all of her recipes in one place. Im teaching myself front end web development, so I thought it would be a good place to start, as its a pretty simple concept that needs to be easy to use (which makes it easy to build), but obviously due to the fact that you have to clear your cache to see the new recipe each time I add one, its makes the entire thing redundant. Not to mention the fact that my grandmother wouldn’t know how to clear her cache.
Our servers enforce quite strong browser caching because it makes website appear faster and saves everyone in bandwidth costs. There is no way to disable this caching because, like with a security system, you don’t immediately notice the benefits, even though they outweigh the more noticeable downsides.
When working on a website myself, I usually build on test on my own computer first before pushing it to the live server. When the changes go live, it doesn’t matter so much if it takes a few minutes for everyone to see the changes. Maybe that would help you too?
Im not sure I follow, as its not a few minutes before people see the changes, they dont see the changes at all. Even if it was left for a month after the changes were made, they type in the link, all they get is the old cached page. Am I misunderstanding what you mean?
Or by setting .htaccess rules to disable cache, like @anon19508339 suggested, but that’s definitely not recommended, because it will slow down your website and increase server load, meaning your website won’t be able to handle so much traffic.
People will still see changes, just not right away. It can take a few minutes, hours or days for the changes to be visible, depending on the file type to which the change was made, but that’s usually an acceptable trade-off for additional performance.