What is Local Caching?

Local caching is a process of speeding up the network access to data files.
This involves caching data on the client side instead of on the server side when possible.
This technique is performed to allow multiple ‘write’ operations on the same area of the file to be combined into a single write operation all over the entire network.

A cache is a high-speed data storage layer which stores a subset of data, so that in future, requests for that same data are ‘served’ (ie loading the page) to you faster than can be done by accessing the data’s primary storage location (original source)
In other words, caching allows you to more quickly/efficiently reuse previously retrieved /loaded data.

You will also hear suggestions like “clear your browser cache” with “delete your cookies”from your IT support when you have an issue with a website
We know you are thinking what is this “browser cache”?!

This article from MakeUseOf helps explain this in more detail

What Is a Browser Cache?

“The browser cache is a temporary storage location on your computer for files downloaded by your browser to display websites.
Files that are cached locally include any documents that make up a website, such as html files, CSS style sheets, JavaScript scripts, as well as graphic images and other multimedia content.
When you revisit a website, the browser checks which content was updated in the meantime and only downloads updated files or what is not already stored in the cache. This reduces bandwidth usage on both the user and server side and allows the page to load faster. Hence, the cache is especially useful when you have a slow or limited Internet connection.

Why Do I Need to Clear the Cache?

The browser cache can get quite large and take up a lot of space on your hard drive, filled with data from websites you will never visit again.
While you can limit how large it can get, it is still useful to occasionally clear it to fix problems and speed things up again.
Sometimes, cached versions of a website can cause issues, for example when the browser does not download a fresh copy, even though the site was updated since last caching it.
Another evidence for a cache issue is when a website only loads partially or looks like it’s badly formatted.
Since the cache lies at the heart of many website-related problems, IT support will recommend that you clear your cache when you report respective phenomena.”

Local caching is just one of the services provided in JumpStart Matrix’s Monthly Site Maintenance Plans.
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