WP Database Search and Replace
Reasons to Use Search and Replace On a WordPress Database
Your WordPress database is the lifeblood of your website, thus regular optimization is crucial.
Here are several reasons why you need to modify your WordPress database:
Since WordPress SEO is always evolving, keywords that used to rank well for your site may no longer be as effective. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily fixed by employing search and replace.
Misspelling and typos
This is true of information that has typos or grammar mistakes. They occur, and it’s no fun to waste time looking for them.
Updates to WordPress can wreak havoc on your database by inserting strange letters and symbols at random.
How to Perform Search and Replace On a WordPress Database?
Search and replace operations can be carried out on a WordPress database either using a plugin or with a MySQL query. Below, you’ll find detailed explanations of both possibilities.
Using a Plugin
To put it another way, this approach is perfect for people who have never touched a computer programming language. You can perform a search and replace as many times as you need with a plugin without touching the source code.
Better Search Replace is one of the best WordPress plugins available, and we’ll be using it in this tutorial. You may utilise the many capabilities of Better Search Replace to efficiently manage your WordPress database. It has many other functions outside search and replace, such as the ability to create backups and import databases.
- The Plugins -> Add New menu can be found on your WordPress administration dashboard.
- Find the Better Search Replace plugin and hit the “Install Now” button.
- To activate the plugin, click the Activate button.
- WordPress’s Better Search Replace plugin may be used from the Tools menu in the administration dashboard.
- All of the following should be entered into the Search/Replace section:
- That which you are looking to alter your search for should contain that term or phrase.
- The text field labelled “replace with” is where the new text to be inserted into the sentence will be kept.
- The choose tables option allows you to pick and choose the database tables you want to alter.
- Succeed GUIDs? permits you to change the globally unique identifier (GUID) associated with the updated data. We recommend not selecting this option if your site is already live.
- If you’d want to preview the modifications before putting them into action, you can do so by checking the Run as dry run? box.
Using MySQL Query
The phpMyAdmin database management system allows you to execute a search and replace in the WordPress database.
If you have more than one database in your account, you should read the section on locating your WordPress database name first. Next, we shall learn the database search and replace procedures.
- Visit the Files -> File Manager section of your hPanel control panel.
- Your website’s root directory is where wp-config.php resides. It is located in the /public html folder in this instance. You can then open the file by double-clicking on it.
- Underneath the next line is where you’ll find the WordPress database name you’re looking for:
- Locate phpMyAdmin by going to Databases on your hPanel control panel.
- Find the database for WordPress, and click the Enter phpMyAdmin button.
- The SQL tab can be found in the main phpMyAdmin menu.
Be sure to replace the placeholder texts with the correct information
- The name of the table to alter is denoted by TABLE NAME.
- The field/column name that contains the sought-after information is denoted by FIELD NAME.
- In “Text to search,” enter the modified phrase.
- In “Text to replace it with,” you’ll find the new text that will take the place of the old one.
Your WordPress site need regular database maintenance to ensure it remains functional and up-to-date. As part of the service, we will be removing any old files. Working in bulk is a lot simpler when you have WordPress’s search and update operation to rely on.
There are two methods to perform a search and update in the WordPress database
- You can utilise the Better Search Replace plugin, which requires no coding knowledge.
- Utilizing MySQL queries, which are best left to those with intermediate to advanced skill sets.