A simple search for find strings in your database and replace the string.
This plugin can be a life saver if you ever move your site or make major updates. Came in very handy when I moved a site from one hosting account to another.
Another time it came in very handy is when I installed the Better WP Security plugin. A few of my sites were hacked so I wanted a plugin that would help make my site more secure. Better WP Security makes some major changes to your WP install if you let it. One is to change the wp-content folder name to prevent hacking bots. After doing that, though, many of my image references wouldn't work. Big problem? Not with Search and Replace. Just ran it to replace the old path with the new and I was golden. This is a great plugin!!!
This worked perfectly and was quick and easy to use.
Fantastic! It saves my huge time. Thanks author.
Thanx for plugin! Saved a lot of times for me.
I moved between servers and this plugin really helped me determine why my image links were broken. Turns out that it was some entries in the database that were still pointing to the old server.
Frank, thanks for creating this really useful plugin!
In the past, when I wanted to do a site-wide search and replace, I had to look up the syntax of the SQL query and take great care to enter the query correctly in phpMyAdmin. This plugin is so much faster and easier!
I'd like to suggest two ways to improve the plugin:
Because of these two issues, I still need to use phpMyAdmin for my information searches; however, I definitely prefer to use this plugin to do the actual search and replace.
Thanks very much,
Having reached the final hurdle of uploading months of work from MAMP to my online host, it turned into a nightmare.
Despite some reviews suggesting that bad stuff could happen (everything should be backed up anyway), I had little choice but to bite the bullet.
For some reason a couple of links to Localhost still existed after the first pass, but a second pass fixed it 100%.
3500+ links to Local host successfully replaced within 5 minutes of downloading the plugin, and i have not yet seen any sign of adverse effect.
Brilliant. Thank you
Thank you so very much!
You have saved me a tremendous amount of time!
Worked well for me. Could do a test search for strings in broken image URLs pointing to a test domain before doing the actual find and replace. Saved me lots of time.
Gave this plugin 4 out of 5 stars, as I agree with earlier commenter that the UI could be clearer to differentiate between a test search and a live search and replace.
Contrary to what you might intuitively think, if you try to simply run a test search in the "Search In" (second portion of the plugin) area with nothing in the "Replace" field in this plugin, it won't simply return the results -- it will delete all the results (replace them with nothing)!
This opposes the function of the top portion of the plugin (as well as every other search feature in any program I've ever used) which can easily lead someone to not realize what will happen.
Moral of the story: make SURE you backup your database before using this :)
*TO THE WRITERS OF THIS PLUGIN: It would be a very advisable and EASY safety feature to implement a confirmation box when someone makes a search with the replace filed empty.
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