Understanding Website Caching

What is Website Caching?

The Tyndale website is build on a robust content management system (Drupal) that generates your webpage for you based on the content you enter in forms. While this is quite magical, it can take the system a long time to generate your page each time a visitor wants to see it. To solve this problem we have implemented caching.

Caching generates your content on a regular basis and temporarily stores (caches) the created pages for (usually) about six hours. The cached version of the content is then delivered to the visitor rather than generating a new version each time. This drastically speeds up the website.

What this means for you

When you edit your live page, visitors may not see the new version until after the cache has been rebuilt — this could be up to six hours but is often shorter. You will be able to see the changes when you are logged in and editing your content. If you need the changes to go live immediately, please contact the Webteam and we can manually regenerate the page cache (called clearing the cache) for you.

an image explaining how caching works in a flowchart