As I mentioned in this week’s WPCandy Podcast, the Search and Replace Plugin by Frank Bueltge is helpful for replacing phrases and URL on your WordPress website. In this tutorial we’re going to look at how to use it.
Rather than search through your posts and pages to change something like a URL string, or a particular phrase, this Plugin searches through the tables in your WordPress database and does the job quickly.
I used this Plugin most recently to replace certain image URL strings. When I moved Theme Playground posts into WPCandy, a number of the image URLs pointed to the (now) wrong address. So, I was able to use Search and Replace to find this URL string:
And replace it with this URL string:
Using Search and Replace
The Plugin allows you to select particular fields to search through, but for the most part you’ll probably want to select all of them. If you don’t know why you would only want to select a few fields to search, you likely want all of them.
Enter in the text you’d like to search for, and then the text you would like it to replace. Click “Go”, and you should be all done.
Your experience with Search and Replace
Have you used Search and Replace on your WordPress site before? If not, do you think you will use it in the future?