Django - Changes to HTML Templates Not Working

So I am SURE that I am missing a basic step here but it’s driving me nuts.

I followed this tutorial to setup my server:

Everything is working as intended, woohoo! Except… now I am making changes to my templates, meaning primarily the HTML parts. Just editing text here and there that I want to update.

Unfortunately, after I do so, and I upload the files via SFTP (FileZilla) to the app directory’s template folder, it does not reflect the changes on the site. I’ve restarted nginx, confirmed the correct files are going to the correct folder (I think?), tried collectstatic again (which does not update anything, though I am only changing the html so I wouldn’t expect it to), and cleared my local cache (tried incognito, etc.).

Am I just missing something regarding how to make those changes reflect on the actual website? I go to my domain (which works to connect to my nginx server) but it just shows the original base.html page that I first uploaded. I can’t get any changes to take place when I visit the site.


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Just refresh your Gunicorn server like so:

sudo service gunicorn restart

Then refresh your page on the browser and you will see the changes.

I don’t have any caching enabled in Django that I know of:

TEMPLATES = [ { ‘BACKEND’: ‘django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates’, ‘DIRS’: [], ‘APP_DIRS’: True,

OK, so it worked but… why?

I mean: what is the level of changes where nginx restart is sufficient, and what is the level where gunicorn needs to be restarted?

Beforehand, pulling changes from Git(hub) was sufficient to reflect those on the site.