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  • Any changes I make to the CSS, whether using WordPress editor or through FTP, do not show up on the site. I go into the editor, do something drastic like remove background images, and click “update” and get the message “File updated successfully”. Refresh my site (using ctrl-f5 to clear the cache), and there are no changes. I tried going into the page template and adding random words, and they don’t show up even using the “Find” function.
    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Wanted to mention that this has been happening since before the upgrade and with all different themes, including the default.

    FTP should always work..

    You can easily tell if the changes applied by opening the remote file a second time, you should see changes you previously made in the file.

    If that’s not happening, then (in honesty) i can only imagine you’re misunderstanding how to use FTP.

    Regarding the editor, is there a message below the editor, if yes, what does it say?


    Make sure that you have updated the posts /pages which you are updating. Also upgrade wordpress and disable all the plugins.


    Shane G.

    The only thing below the updater is the documentation drop-down and the “update” button, which I always click.

    I don’t have any plugins and I did the upgrade already. This has been happening both before and after the upgrade.

    And yes FTP does appear to work now, I don’t know why.



    Forum Moderator

    Also remember to press CTRL and F5 simultaneously when viewing an updated page/site. Or try emptying your browser cache. This should ensure that your web browser fetches a fresh copy of the page rather than serving up an out-dated copy from your own cache.

    I mentioned that in my first post.



    Forum Moderator

    It has been known for some hosting providers to run their own (very slow) cache – which means that changes (especially CSS amends) may not show up for 15-20 minutes. I have a client who uses a server like this. The only workaround is to delete the old copy of the CSS file immediately before uploading the amended version.

    Very good point Esmi..

    supererogatory – it may be worth asking your host, at least to confirm if this is the case, it would swiftly give an answer to the problem if that is indeed the case.

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