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Search Regex

Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress posts, pages, custom post types, and other data.
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Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress posts, pages, custom post types, and other data sources. These go beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allow you to search and replace almost any data stored on your site. In addition to simple searches you have the full power of PHP’s regular expressions at your disposal.

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An incredible plugin

By poi3 on July 22, 2023

I've been looking for this plugin for the past 10 years, gosh. What an incredible "little" plugin: search, bam, the pages where a given word/file is located at. That's it, super fast.

Very good plugin!!!

By salvador123 on April 23, 2023

I liked it a lot.

Saved us hours

By vgstudios on April 16, 2023

Saved us hours where another plugin would give up.

Of curse it's risky to use it [especially if you use it wrong], so always make a DB backup first, just as it says!

Thank you very much.

Flat out does not work

By anphira on March 23, 2023

I installed this plugin to do regex replacements. However, it can barely find ANYTHING even on basic searches. For example I used the search phrase:

rel="noopener" target="_blank"

That returned 96 results on the plugin search.

When I went to my posts, it returned 5,559 results.

When I ran that search on the Better Search Replace plugin, I got 279 results. Now sadly the Better Search Replace plugin flat out lies when it says it has regex. It absolutely does not.

There are TONS of and TONS of posts this plugin is missing which it should be matching. Completely unreliable. I even did direct database checks and deactivated all caching & security plugins. This plugin just can't do anything.

The best DB replace plugin with the worst name

By masvil on December 11, 2022

There are several DB replacement plugins. Search Regex is embarrassingly better than all the others, albeit more popular ones. The problem is the name. Many users are kept away from the word "Regex". It is true that it is a unique feature, but this advantage should be spent without making it seem suitable for too specific use. It should be more clear that Regex is just an option, and not even the default. However, the description is very clear. Unfortunately it's not enough, especially considering the repository's search algorithm and the way users scan results.

Awesome and very safe - one feature request

By xjamesb on October 6, 2022

I am working on production and what I really like is that it is possible to create presets that are locked to "No Action". This allows me to search without the risk of accidently replacing the content. It could be safer still. FEATURE REQUEST: The search results return a column called "Matched Content". When hovering over a cell in this column a menu appears that contains "Delete database row". Please allow the creation of Presets that prevent this option being shown. The benefit of this is that Searches would then be intrinsically safe.

This plugin is really good

By anyway (Sfdsfwer) on September 9, 2022

This is a very cool plugin. I was able to use it to remove the date slug from content links (same domain) without breaking the date slug of the media files. Thousand thanks to the developer! At the support tab you can find my setting for this task under the topic: "How to remove date slug from content links on same domain" What I also like a lot is the test search, which shows exactly what changes... with highlighting of the text to be replaced.

Amazing Tool

By Rafał (Ayek) on August 4, 2022

Oops… I broke my website

Amazing! Now with serialized data support

By cvladan on August 1, 2022

Now, with the support for searching and replacing inside serialized data, it is without the competition in search & replace plugins. You can do anything with this plugin.

last version became so complicated

By alexx1980 on July 26, 2022

That's it It was an awesome plugin, never failed, but after 2 years of using it without any problem, this last version became so complicated, that I have no clue what I'm doing, so instead of breaking my site, I removed it. I spend hours trying to understand these peculiar settings on this version. Pitty. Why the hell did you make things so confusing?

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