Force Refresh


Force Refresh is the best plugin for requesting browsers to refresh their page. Perfect for single-page applications or pages that bring in feeds, this simple plugin will allow you to force a page refresh for users currently visiting any page of your site.


  • Support for both parent and child themes.
  • Allows an admin to simply click a button to request browsers to refresh their page. This is done within between 30 seconds and two minutes after making the request.
  • Ability to add refreshing capabilities to any role using the “Invoke Force Refresh” capability.
  • Ability to refresh on a per-page or post basis.
  • Customizable client-side refresh intervals.

Feature Requests and Bug Reports

Please report any feature requests you have or bugs you encounter under the Support tab.


  • Under Tools, you can click "Refresh Site"
  • After clicking the button, you'll receive confirmation that you've requested connected browsers to refresh.
  • To refresh a single page or post, locate the "Force Refresh" section under any page.


Upload the Force Refresh plugin to your site, and then simply activate it. To force a refresh, just navigate to “Tools”, click on “Force Refresh” and click the button that says, “Refresh Site.”


April 24, 2020
Many thanks @jordanleven for making a great plugin, which does exactly what it's supposed to do. Really useful in these corona-crazy days when many of us suddenly find ourselves hosting timed live streams on our sites, and wanting to make the stream play without our users having to refresh the page themselves. If I can make one small suggestion: in Dashboard>Tools>Force Refresh please consider replacing the wording "Refresh interval" with "Refresh will occur within". So that, with the specified time, it reads "Refresh will occur within 30 seconds" (or whatever). This avoids an unwanted implication that refreshes will repeatedly occur with a 30 second (or whatever) interval between them.
April 5, 2020
Force Refresh is brilliant. Before customers were not seeing the daily updates to the website because so many people do not refresh their browsers. They were not seeing the changes and new product added. Now I can push these changes through and customers are responding. An essential plugin for us now. Thank you!
December 1, 2018
This plugin just made my job way easier. Thank you. This is not
May 18, 2018
The plugin works like a charm. The update which includes support for adding the Force Refresh capability to non-Admin roles like Editor and Author is exactly what I was looking for one of my project ! The author is very helpfull ! Thank you for your plugin !
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Contributors & Developers

“Force Refresh” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Released on September 29, 2020

  • Issue with refresh interval being ignored


Released on September 17, 2020

  • Address issue running plugin in PHP 7.2


Released on September 16, 2020

  • Address refresh loop bug when activating
  • Issue displaying default refresh intervals


Released on September 16, 2020

  • Address refresh permissions issue


Released on September 7, 2020

  • Performance enhancements and bug fixes


Released on September 7, 2020

  • Performance enhancements and bug fixes


Released on October 19, 2018

  • Add support to request refreshes on custom post types


Released on October 11, 2018

  • Move from Xamin to LightnCandy for HTML templates
  • Performance enhancements and bug fixes


Released on February 28, 2018

  • Update dependencies


Released on February 28, 2018

  • Bug fixes


Released on October 5, 2017

  • Initial release