ClickCease Cache | IT Monks Glossary
October 11, 2023 | edited: April 9, 2024

A temporary storage location that stores frequently accessed data to reduce load times. It acts as a middleman between the user and the website, serving up pre-loaded content instead of fetching it from scratch every time a visitor accesses a webpage. This process not only saves time but also reduces the strain on servers, resulting in a smoother browsing experience.

Types of Cache

  1. BrowserBrowserA software application that enables you to view and interact with websites.
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    . This type of cache is stored on the user’s device and is specific to the web browser they are using. When a user visits a website, certain elements like images, CSSCSSCascading Style Sheets is a coding language that determines the appearance and layout of a website.
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    files, and JavaScriptJavascriptA high-level, dynamic, and interpreted programming language primarily used to create interactive and responsive user interfaces on web pages.
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    files are stored locally, allowing subsequent visits to load these elements from the cache instead of downloading them again. Browser cacheBrowser cacheA temporary storage location on your computer or mobile device where your browser stores copies of web pages, images, scripts, etc.
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    plays a crucial role in speeding up website loading times, especially for returning visitors.
  2. Server. It is implemented on the server-side, where the website is hosted. It works by storing pre-generated HTMLHTMLThe fundamental language used to create and structure content on web pages.
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    pages, databaseDatabaseAn organized collection of data, typically stored electronically.
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    queries, or other computationally expensive processes. When a request is made for a particular webpage, the server retrieves the pre-generated content from its cache, eliminating the need to rebuild it from scratch. Server type is particularly useful for dynamic websites with frequently changing content.


Improved Website Speed: The primary benefit is faster website loading times. By storing frequently accessed data and serving it up quickly, cache drastically reduces the time it takes to load a webpage. This not only enhances user experience but also boosts search engine rankings, as website speed is a crucial factor in search engine algorithms.

  1. Reduced Server Load: Caching reduces the load on servers by minimizing the number of requests they need to process. With pre-loaded content readily available, servers can handle more incoming trafficTrafficThe number of visitors or users who visit a particular website.
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    without becoming overwhelmed. This is especially important during peak traffic periods or when running resource-intensive applications.
  2. BandwidthBandwidthThe maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over an internet connection in a given amount of time.
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    Optimization: When a user’s browser retrieves data from the cache instead of the server, it saves bandwidth. This is particularly beneficial for mobile users or those with limited data plans, as it reduces data consumption and speeds up website access, even on slower connections.

How It Works

  1. Caching Headers: Websites use caching headers to instruct browsers on how to cache their content. These headers specify how long the content should be stored in the cache before expiring and requesting fresh data from the server. By setting appropriate caching headers, website owners can control how frequently browsers fetch updated content.
  2. Cache Invalidation: To ensure users always see the most up-to-date content, cache invalidation comes into play. When website owners update or modify their content, they can trigger cache invalidation, which prompts the cache to clear and fetch fresh data from the server. This ensures that users never see outdated or stale content.
  3. Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): CDNs are a popular caching solution that stores website content on servers distributed across different geographical locations. When a user requests a webpage, the CDN serves the content from the server closest to them, reducing latency and improving website performancePerformanceRefers to how fast a website or web application loads and responds to user interactions.
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    . CDNs are particularly effective for global websites with a wide user base.


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