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force user's browser to check for updates?

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#1 RB_Kandy


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:54 AM

I got this problem with my website. If I were to change one of the pages' content right now, when I go back to the site, and go to that page, my browser will not notice the changes.
Example, if the background was blue, and I change it to red, and upload the .html file and I go back to that page with my browser, I will have to manually refresh the page to notice the changes, or the background will still be blue.

Is there any reasonable way to force a person's browser to refresh the page each time upon visit?

I did read somewhere some time ago about a refresh command (may have been php or html) and the web article warned that this could cause problems. So I was probably reading the wrong thing.

This needing to empty the cache or manually refresh a page isn't a big deal for most people. But some people never ever clear their browser's history, and therefore would never notice my updates.

I do a lot of movie reviews, and have to constantly update my table of contents, and I can just see some of my friends and relatives visiting that page for months, never seeing the new updates.

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#2 KamakaZ


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:05 AM

You could try add the following into the <head> </head> section of your website

<meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache">
<meta http-equiv="no-cache">
<meta http-equiv="Expires" content="-1">
<meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache">
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="Wed, 19 Feb 2003 08:00:00 GMT"> <!-- Doesn't matter what this date is alsong as its in the past -->

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#3 Grinler


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:37 AM

Yes, you will have to tell the browser to not cache the page.

What you should do is move your styling to a CSS file. Then load the CSS file like this:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.example.com/css/site.css?v=11.05.2012.00" type="text/css" />

The 11.05.2012.00 is a timestamp that you change everytime you modify your CSS file, which guarantees your changes are seen.

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