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Uploaded html files not showing through browser

I just set up a new domain and used FTP to upload html files for a *very simple* website with 3 html pages.  I made a few edits today, deleted the old files (through ftp) and uploaded the revised html files (through ftp).  When I look at the directories and files, I can see the latest (most recent) files are sitting in the root drive (the index.htm file is in the root directory, and the other files are in the index_files folder).  But when I open my browser to navigate to the new website, only the earlier pages appear, not my revised ones.  I can't explain this...!  I have closed and re-opened my browser several times now.  My IE settings look for newest pages every time I visit a website.  I have had someone else on another computer look and they get the same result - only the older files appear.  It's as if for some reason, Netfirms is showing the first version of my website and doesn't allow me to view the new html files, but like I said, why can I see the most recent files when looking at the directories through FTP??
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regevhaCommented:
Probably the files are cached by the Web Server (or by a proxy server) and the client gets from the Web Server the cached version. Try to clear the cache.
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Hugh McCurdyCommented:
In addition to clearing cache, another trick I use is to use a different browser (one that never looked at the site before).

If you are doing much web development, you may also be interested in this site   http://browsershots.org/
It takes a while to load the pages but it's a fresh view.

Finally, if you want one of us to look at the site, you can share the URL.
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apr8Author Commented:
regevha - please indicate how I can clear the web server cache (this is sitting on a Netfirms server).
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regevhaCommented:
Netfirms probably use Apache Web Server. For information regarding Web Server caching configuration refer to http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/caching.html (applying configuration changes requires restart of  the Apache Web Server).
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apr8Author Commented:
Hello again regevha... I'm not sure that I understand the link you sent me.  As a Netfirms subscriber, how would I have permissions to change their web server's configurations and restart their Apache Web Server?
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regevhaCommented:
Using a management/administration Web interface and based on the permissions you have, you can modify configuration and restart the Web Server service provided for you by Netfirms.
As I have no experience specifically with Netfirms, please contact them and ask for assistance.
(The link is for the Apache Web Server Caching module documentation)
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sjklein42Commented:
Try temporarily renaming or deleting the files from the Netfirms server altogether, and see if you can still see them via your browser.

Is there any chance you are putting the new files in the wrong place, and that the old files are still on the server?

If you care to post an URL, we can take a look at the headers, etc, to see if there are any clues.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you are using Akamai, this page http://www2.netfirms.com/knowledgebase/beta/article.bml?ArticleID=1347&type=Definitions#Nugget_1431 says that Akamai caches your pages for 4 hours.
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