Pro Artist Websites Documentation

Pro Artist Websites Documentation

Browser Configuration Instructions: Safari 3.1 for the Mac

Caching is something most browsers are configured to do by default in order to save bandwidth. Storing images and text in your local computer's memory can be a good thing, but can cause confusion and frustration when trying to use a browser to update your website and the content doesn't change even after making specific changes! The following instructions will allow you to configure your browser and prevent it from caching old data when working with PAW and will help ensure you see the latest updates you are making to your website within the PAW application.

Configuring Safari 3.1 for the Mac to not cache webpages:

From the menu bar, click on on "Safari", then "Preferences". A box will pop up with a number of icons at the top. Click on the "Advanced" icon. You will see a checkbox at the bottom of this dialog box that says "Show Develop menu in menu bar". Check the box and close the dialog box.

This will add a menu list to your menu bar in Safari called "Develop". Click on it and choose "Disable Caches" so that it is checked. Safari is now configured not to cache webpages.

As a final precaution, clear your cache by clicking on "Safari" from the menu bar, then "Empty Cache...". When the dialog box pops up, click the "Empty" button. Your cache is now clear.
Setting Safari 3.1 for the Mac not to cache data...

For earlier versions of Safari, upgrade!

If you choose not to, the following instructions may be used at your own risk to disable the cache.

Running these commands must be done with care or permanent damage to your computer system can result. If you are not absolutely certain you can issue these commands precisely, ask a professional to assist you.

With that disclaimer in mind, open up the Terminal in OSX (the UNIX command terminal). Then copy and paste the following line exactly into the terminal window and hit Enter:

rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/Safari && ln -s /dev/null ~/Library/Caches/Safari

You may also opt for the 'safe' way to prevent Safari from caching, which is to click on 'Safari' then 'Empty Cache' periodically.

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