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How do I flush my cache of old domain data?

If you have recently reassigned or changed your domain records, you might experience issues with domain and email access caused by your computer caching your older records. These issues may include seeing old site content at your domain.

Checking your domain from other devices and locations can help confirm whether the caching issue is restricted to your local device or network.

In most cases these issues will resolve themselves after a period, as your computer DNS cache naturally refreshes. However this can take many hours.

If you have already restarted your local devices / network and cleared your browser cache and your issues are persisting, you can force your DNS cache to refresh using the following methods.

Apple OS 10.7 and higher

  1. Go to Applications.
  2. Go to the Utilities folder.
  3. Open the Terminal application.
  4. In the Terminal window type the following:
    sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
  5. Press Enter or Return, and your cache will be flushed.

Apple OS 10.5 to 10.6

  1. Go to Applications.
  2. Go to the Utilities folder.
  3. Open the Terminal application.
  4. In the Terminal window type the following:
    sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
  5. Press Enter or Return, and your cache will be flushed.

Windows Vista, 7 and higher

  1. Click the Microsoft Start logo in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. RIGHT-click on Command Prompt.
  5. Select Run As Administrator.
  6. In the command window type the following:
    ipconfig /flushdns
  7. Press Enter or Return, and your cache will be flushed.

Last Modified: 19th December, 2012