The pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found! WP Super Cache FIX

Hey guys, in this article I want to share a problem I have been having lately with WP Super Cache tester “The pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!” message. I wanted a simple but effective caching plugin to speed up my website and so I ended up downloaded WP Super Cache. I did some configurations and when I clicked on “Test Cache” I saw this message, “The pages do not match! Timestamps differ or were not found!“.

I searched all over the internet including forums for a fix to this issue and could not find any. Therefore, I decided I am going to write an article about it. As far as I can see, I think this message by WP Super Cache is affecting many of its users and a lot of them were unable to resolve this issue. Luckily, I did some researched, do some trial and error and I was able to resolve my WP Super Cache “the pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!” message.

WP Super Cache Tester Pages Do Not match

What is WP Super Cache?

WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. To download this plugin click here.

What Caused the WP Super Cache “the pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!”?

After doing some intense research reading websites, blogs and forums to resolve this issue, I saw something mentioned about minify can be the cause. Therefore, I was saying to myself that I used minify on both my plugin and on my content delivery network (CDN) which is CloudFlare. So this must be the cause of the “the pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!” issue. A content delivery network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver webpages and other Web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and a content delivery server.

 

How to Fix the WP Super cache the pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!

This issue took me some time to figure out as I have to do some trial and errors but luckily, I was able to solve it. Firstly, I signed into my Cloudflare account and I enabled “Development mode” to see if it was really my CDN causing this WP Super Cache message. I ran the WP Super Cache tester again and to my surprise, it was definitely my CDN was the culprit because it displays the message “The timestamps on both pages match!“. Therefore, I disabled the “Development Mode” and play around with the Auto Minify options under the Speed tab in Cloudflare to troubleshoot the problem.

Finally, I got it! In Cloudflare’s Auto Minify, I checked both JavaScript and CSS and unchecked HTML. Then under the Caching tab, in the heading Purge Cache select Purge Everything from the drop down box and I ran the Test Cache again in WordPress. It was a success! I solved my WP Super Cache Tester Pages Do Not Match message finally. It says that “The timestamps on both pages match!“.

The pages do not match! Timestamps differ or were not found!

The pages do not match! Timestamps differ or were not found!

So, if you are using other CDN like Amazon CloudFront, MaxCDNAkamai or CacheFly respectively you need to check their Minify options if there’s any and make necessary adjustments.

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    • I highly doubt that the caching process will work properly if you ignore the error message Joe. The way how WP Super Cache works, it will fetch your WordPress site twice and compare the time stamps of both pages. If both time stamps match then this means that caching is working on your site.

    • Thanks for your comment. Try put your CDN in development mode, go to WP Super Cache, delete cache and then test the cache to see if you still get the “The pages do not match! Timestamps differ or were not found!” message. If you do not get that message again by putting your CDN in development mode, you know that some configuration in your CDN need adjusting.

    • You’re welcome Rahul. Thanks for the heads up that nobody write articles for short problems. So now it seems as if I need to start writing articles for them lol. Anyways, I’m happy that this article has helped you with WP Super cache. I hope you spread the word because a lot of people do not know that they are having the “The pages do not match! timestamps differ or were not found!” problem. All they do is install WP Super Cache, configure it and that’s it.

    • You’re welcome Glenn. I went through hell and back to get this issue fix with lots of research and stuff. Most importantly, I am glad that I am helping others. Look out for more WordPress fix as I was experiencing other issues.

  1. No Probs, Wayne… Ive got an interesting one for you.. I recently built my own website and i tested it on lots of different browsers to check for rendering issues.. I found no faults until i tested the site at my workplace.. There browser was IE9… Yes its old but after researching stats i was surprised to find out that 30% of the UK population still use that version. So after lots of tweaking and modifying CSS etc i found a plugin which worked a treat.. It is called IE Enhancer and Modernizer. It must of taken me 3hrs to solve this.

    • Wow thanks for the heads up about that plugin and how the UK population still uses that version. I guess I have to test that plugin with an old version of Internet Explorer. But one thing though, people still use Internet Explorer? It’s been years since I saw someone uses it. Guess I have to install it for the 30% of the UK population.

  2. Hey Wayne I really enjoyed the article it was well detailed and not only did you provide the fix you also included great insight on how you found the solution which made it a fun read. I always find that the best fix that you can find comes from personal experience.
    Also loving the new look and feel of the website, keep at it bro.

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