Wordpress not updating on my MacBook since moving to DO

I have a strange problem where WordPress won’t update on my MacBook.The changes are seen on my computer, but in reality it is not reflected on my website. So when I check from mobile, I can see that my post is not published, my plugins are not added or deleted etc.

When I published a new post from another computer it got reflected.I can see it on my website. I tried other browsers, but has the same result.

I contacted Apple, did whatever they said to fix, updated to latest software. Now they say it must not be a problem with the MacBook, but WordPress.

And that post can’t be seen on Pinterest too (only from Mac). In fact, if I typed the link of the post on my browser on Mac, it fails to load. but I can view it from other devices.

I am at a loss of what to do. It was working fine, until I moved to Digital Ocean. I don’t understand if this is a problem with the MAC, the host or WordPress.

Any help will be greatly appreciated as I can’t work anymore due to this problem. Tried all the cache clearing too. Please help!

I contacted DO twice but the support is very very slow.

I have talked to people who have had the same problem and for some it was a problem with the host and a fix does from the host’s side solved their problem. DO support is very slow I hope they reply back soon. Meanwhile if there is anything I can do, please help me with it.

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November 5, 2018
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Hey friend!

Let me rephrase this to see if I understand correctly, and you can correct me if I do not.

When you post an update on your Wordpress site from your MacBook, you see the change reflected on your MacBook. When you view the site from any other location, you cannot see the change. Is this correct?

I’ll move on assuming that it is, and cover the two scenarios I think are the most likely.

  1. Your MacBook is logged in to Wordpress while the other systems are not. The Wordpress instance is using a caching plugin that has stale cache and isn’t updating, but the cache is only displaying to unauthenticated viewers. Therefore by logging in you see the new content, and by logging out you do not. In this case, remove the caching plugin and try a different one.

  2. Your MacBook is updating a different instance of Wordpress in a place that you formerly hosted it, where it may still be online. You configured the URL to point to the IP of that old hosting via /etc/hosts, to get started on editing the website prior to DNS propagation taking place, and you forgot about it and never removed it. In that case, open the Mac terminal app and run this to see if the domain is listed there:

sudo cat /etc/hosts

If it isn’t listed in there, I propose #2 here has no relevance whatsoever.


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