How to do Search and Replace in WordPress with a Plugin


How to do Search and Replace in WordPress with a Plugin
Opal Curry

When I insert an image in “visual” mode within a post, it shows up. They all do.
Then when I preview or publish, some images don’t show up. What I am noticing lately is that instead of the code showing them as “image.jpg”, they now have the image size you choose in the path – “image-300×188.jpg” (this happens to be the medium size for this particular image). Why is it putting the pixel dimensions? If none of the images worked, I could say yes, the paths are incorrect, but some images DO work! I am officially bamboozled. It seems so random.

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Allison Hanson

For avoiding problem please keep in mind that this plugin search and replace strictly what is specified in “Replace With”.
Common error example:
Search For: http://web.com/wordpress/
Replace With: http://neuweb.com/wordpress
The url become something like: http://neuweb.com/wordpresscontent/…

How to Perform Search and Replace in WordPress
Kristine Mcdonald

Instead of text in the post content, if what you are changing is a site-wide value, including plugin settings, system settings, etc., you will have to edit the database directly. Luckily there is a tool for this. The Search and Replace plugin allows you to find strings in your WordPress database and replace them with another string. You can search in ID, post-content, GUID, title, excerpt, meta-data, comments, comment-author, comment-e-mail, comment-url, tags/categories and categories-description. It is also possible to replace the user-ID in all tables and the user-login. As you can see, this is a powerful tool, and any mistake that you make might break your WordPress database. Only use this if you know what you are doing, and do backup your database before you proceed.

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Vi Neville

When moving your WordPress site to a new domain or server, you will likely run into a need to run a search/replace on the database for everything to work correctly. Fortunately, there are several plugins available for this task, however, all have a different approach to a few key features. This plugin consolidates the best features from these plugins, incorporating the following features in one simple plugin:

How to Perform a WordPress Search and Replace
Kali Stackhouse

This script has been around since 2011 and the developers actively update it. Interconnect/it is known for their great WordPress consulting work and development. To use the script, simply download the zip file, extract the folder called search-replace-db-master, and rename it to something secret of your choosing. In our example, we renamed it to update-db-1551. Then upload it via FTP, SFTP, or SCP to your web server’s public directory. This is typically the same directory that contains your /wp-content folder. Then navigate to your secret folder in your browser, such as https://domain.com/update-db-1551.

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