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How to use the html tag HTTP-EQUIV "CACHE-CONTROL"

The meta cache control tag allows Web publishers to define how pages should be handled by caches. They include directives to declare what should be cacheable, what may be stored by caches, modifications of the expiration mechanism, and revalidation and
reload controls.

Cache memory is extremely fast memory that is built into a computer’s central processing unit which allows programs to operate more quickly and efficiently.

Most browsers store pages that have been accessed frequently in their cache-memory, so whenever you access the pages again, the information and pictures don't have to be downloaded again. Internet Explorer stores webpages and webfiles in the file Temporary Internet Files on your computer.

A html cache-control tag has no influence on your search engine ranking. Meta tags which do have a lot of influence are the title of your page, the keywords and the description meta tags. Google also uses the Cache feature. In stead of analysing a webpage real-time, pages are stored in the database of a search engine. This is a method to generate search results more quickly.

The Meta HTTP-EQUIV CACHE-CONTROL is specificly used by Internet Explorer.

The allowed values are:

  • Public - may be cached in public shared caches
  • Private - may only be cached in private cache
  • no-Cache - may not be cached
  • no-Store - may be cached but not archived


<meta http-equiv="Cache-control" content="description">

Example meta tag http-equiv="cache-control"


Add the following meta tag in the source of your webpage. The difference in spelling at the end of the tag is either you use     " /> = xml or "> = html.

<meta http-equiv="Cache-control" content="public"><meta http-equiv="Cache-control" content="private"><meta http-equiv="Cache-control" content="no-cache"><meta http-equiv="Cache-control" content="no-store">


Where should you add this Cache-control tag?

You may add this Cache-control meta tag to all of your webpages, so not only in the first index page. Make sure that on every page relevant meta tags are added.  Add keywords and phrases that are relevant and correspond to the text and the language on that specific page. It might be a lot of work to add specific meta tags to each page but you will notice in time that it works!

Meta tags Summary - Important SEO things to remember

We suggest that you use the Meta tags in your index.htm or index.html page. Than in all other important pages and last but not least in all the pages of your website. Make sure to put some extra effort in it, it will attract extra visitors to your webpage. Create relevant different meta tags for each and every page.
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