Comet Cache automatically handles updating the cache in many scenarios, such as when you publish a new post, or when you change your WordPress theme. However, there may be scenarios where you need to have finer control over when the cache is cleared, such as when a plugin or theme does not include support for WordPress caching plugins.

The following examples use the WordPress API hooks and filters system to call a custom function that itself will call the Comet Cache API to clear the cache when a specific event occurs.

How to use the code examples

While you can add this code to your theme's functions.php file or use a Functionality Plugin, we recommend using a WordPress Must-Use Plugin by creating a file like wp-content/mu-plugins/cc-clear-cache.php and then adding the necessary PHP code (note that if the mu-plugins directory doesn't exist, you should create it).

What follows are a few examples of how you can clear the cache dynamically.

Examples using WordPress Hooks/Filters API

Clear entire cache when saving any post

If you want to clear the cache every time a post is saved or updated (i.e., when the save_post action is fired), you can use the following.

Comet Cache Lite or Comet Cache Pro

add_action( 'save_post', 'my_custom_clear_cache', 10, 1 );

function my_custom_clear_cache( ) {
    comet_cache::clear();
}

Clear page cache when Custom Post Type is saved

Note: The API call used below requires Comet Cache Pro.

Using the save_post_{$post_type} hook, which is fired whenever that custom post type is created or updated (see docs), you can use something like the following to clear the cache for a given page whenever a post with that custom post type is saved.

Comet Cache Pro

add_action( 'save_post_my-custom-post-type', 'clear_cache_for_page_id_5', 10, 1 );

function clear_cache_for_page_id_5( ) {
    comet_cache::clearPost(5); // Clears cache for Post ID 5
}

You'll want to change 5 to the ID of the Page/Post whose cache you'd like to clear when that custom post type is saved, and you'll want to change my-custom-post-type to the actual name of your Custom Post Type.

Clear a specific page cache when saving any post

Note: The API call used below requires Comet Cache Pro.

Using the save_post hook, which is fired whenever a post created or updated (see docs), you can use something like the following to clear the cache for a given page.

Comet Cache Pro

add_action( 'save_post', 'clear_cache_for_page_id_5', 10, 1 );

function clear_cache_for_page_id_5( ) {
    comet_cache::clearPost(5); // Clears cache for Post ID 5
}

You'll want to change 5 to the ID of the Page/Post whose cache you'd like to clear.

Clear the cache for a Logged-In User (when caching for Logged-In Users is enabled)

Note: The API call used below requires Comet Cache Pro.

To clear the cache for a specific user by passing the User ID, you can use the following. The examples below clear the cache for the user with User ID 25.

Comet Cache Pro

add_action( 'init', 'clear_user_cache_for_id_25', 10, 1 );

function clear_user_cache_for_id_25( ) {
    comet_cache::clearUser(25); // Clears the cache for User ID 25
}

You'll want to change 25 to the User ID whose cache you'd like to clear.

Clear the cache for the currently Logged-In User (when caching for Logged-In Users is enabled)

Note: The API call used below requires Comet Cache Pro.

If you just want to clear the cache for the currently logged in user, you can use the following code (this uses get_current_user_id() to detect the User ID of the current user).

Comet Cache Pro

add_action( 'init', 'clear_current_user_cache', 10, 1 );

function clear_current_user_cache( ) {
    comet_cache::clearCurrentUser();
}

Using the Comet Cache API Class

If you need to call the Comet Cache API from another PHP file, you will first need to load the WordPress framework (via wp-load.php). See the examples below.

Comet Cache Lite

<?php
// Load WordPress framework
require_once dirname(__FILE__).'/wp-load.php';

// Any of these API calls can now be made from this PHP file
comet_cache::version();
comet_cache::options();
comet_cache::clear();
comet_cache::wipe();
comet_cache::purge();

Comet Cache Pro

<?php
// Load WordPress framework
require_once dirname(__FILE__).'/wp-load.php';

// Any of these API calls can now be made from this PHP file
comet_cache::version();
comet_cache::options();
comet_cache::clear();
comet_cache::wipe();
comet_cache::purge();
comet_cache::clearPost($post_id);
comet_cache::clearUser($user_id);
comet_cache::clearCurrentUser();
comet_cache::clearUrl($url);