Whenever we launch a new website and move website hosts, we often notice that clients experience a delay in seeing their new website. Most of the time, it’s just a matter of time. DNS propagation, which in a nutshell is the process in which a domain (www.yourwebsite.com) is routed to a website, can sometimes take anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 days. But there is way to resolve this conflict sometimes in a very simple way. So after a website is launched, if you still see your old site you can take the following steps.
- Close all your web browsers.
- If you have Windows 7, click on the “Windows” icon (Start Menu), type “cmd” in the search bar.
If you have Windows XP, go to the Start Menu > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
A black command prompt will pop up.
- Type in “ipconfig /flushdns”
- You should get a message that says “Successfully flushed DNS”
- Re-open your web browser.
- Then go back to your website.
- If you still see the old website, it could still be cached. Simply hit refresh for it to reload.
- If this doesn’t work, try alternating the www. and non-www. versions of your web address (www.yourwebsite.com vs. yourwebsite.com)