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This guide provides instructions and information about Stanford Web Services Jumpstart platform, based on Drupal 7.

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Clear site cache

Site owners have permission to clear the site's cache. Ever wonder why your changes do not always show up right away in your site after you have saved them and logged out? Stanford Sites websites are cached to reduce the amount of information that needs to be transmitted across the network. This helps to improve responsiveness for users of your website.

Note: Sites built before September 2014 will have a menu item that reads "Refresh Site Content" rather than "Clear Site Cache".

For improved speed and performance, Drupal is set to cache (store) various things (pages, blocks, etc.) for a set amount of time. That amount of time can be tweaked, but we’ve set it up at sensible defaults. Once that time has passed, the caches are refreshed, and the new content appears.

The tradeoff for improved speed is that new content does not always appear immediately in various places, although it will appear eventually without intervention.

Clearing site cache

To make your new content appear immediately, click Clear Site Cache from the Site Actions menu at the top. This will make Drupal regenerate all new pages. This may take a few minutes to refresh. Once completed, you should see the latest changes.