Caching sudden change

Hi there

This is pretty difficult to explain but I’ll try my best. Using the newest version of CS Cart and mofidying the Austere skin, caching is turned off completely (As in, I make a change in top.tpl and it shows when I refresh the page, instantly)

Finally got the homepage looking nice and how I want it, doing a bit of work on the footer and caching turns on, have to use the admin.php?cc cache refresh just to see even the slightest of changes.

This is clearly a problem as I dont want to have to do this for small changes, as a lot of developement is trial and error.

Any suggestions?