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Search & Replace for Joomla!

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Search & Replace content across your entire site in seconds. This component searches and replaces content at lightning speed across your entire Joomla! site.

Replacements are made in the database itself, which vastly speeds up page load time compared to other components and plugins.

You can quickly add links, change spellings, cross-reference your pages, bulk update your content and so forth.

Change content in Titles, Introductions, Main Content, or a selection of those - all at the same time.

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How to use

  1. Create a backup of your database
  2. Enter the text to search for
  3. Enter the text to replace your search string
  4. Hit Replace Now! to update your database
  5. Check your site for changes.

 

Minimum System Requirements

  • Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 1.6
  • PHP 4 with MySqli, or PHP 5

 

Tips

  1. Keep it simple. Longer strings sometimes match less cases - often due to variances in whitespace
  2. Disable your cache while you make changes so that you can instantly see what has been changed.
  3. If you are searching for a link such as <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/mypage.html"> and don't get any hits, try just searching for the address, such as http://www.yoursite.com/mypage.html.
  4. Sometimes text is rendered in your browser differently to the way it is stored in the database. The key to successful searches is to keep search phrases short and simple, avoiding multiple lines if possible.
  5. This component is extremely powerful, so please back up your database before you use it.

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Your comments

There are 50 comments

Okey

Rating:
March 28, 2014 - 01:58

Hello,
I just got your search and replace app, and in the search categories, there is only blog, and uncategorized. how do i expand the search scope of the app to search other areas of the website?

Reply to Okey

Barnaby Dixon

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March 28, 2014 - 02:02

Hi there

Search & Replace searches in your articles and custom HTML modules. The scope is Joomla content.

Where do you need to search...?

Thanks! Barnaby Dixon

David M

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February 25, 2014 - 23:04

1. When you do a search/replace is there a log created indicating which articles were changed?

2. We may want to search for a name and replace it with several different permutations depending on the context. Is it possible to go through each search result and decide what to replace it with one by one by one?

Reply to David M

Barnaby Dixon

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February 26, 2014 - 09:23

Hi David

Thank you for your questions.

There's not a log, but you are able to run the search before the replace, so that you can see which articles will be included in the search & replace.

Unfortunately you can't search and replace on an individual article basis, but you can restrict the search by category - I hope that could be helpful.

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

lou

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February 24, 2013 - 18:32

This is an awesome product! It is really powerful!! It is so powerful that I could use some help understanding what I did. I can't seem to re-search and find the string I just changed. Any way to help? Great, great product!!

Pieter

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November 19, 2012 - 14:18

Dear Barnaby,

A wonderful piece of work. I'm currently constructing a huge text-based website and the S&R component has worked miracles.

Still, I would like to address the wildcards once more. Right now, I'm facing some site-wide editing and formatting that instead of a time-consuming process of many days would turn into a breeze if I could include wildcards such as "ex*mple" in the search and replace syntax. If you could update the component to allow such, it would rise to stardom.

Kind regards,

Pieter

Reply to Pieter

Barnaby Dixon

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November 20, 2012 - 03:16

Hi there Pieter,

Thank you for your feedback. I'll work on adding wildcard functionality in a future release.

All the best,

Barnaby Dixon
PHP Web Design

Patricia

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October 23, 2012 - 12:22

Hello Barnaby,
I purchased this product because it says "Search & Replace for Joomla is used to search & replace content in your Joomla articles. You can search for any word, HTML, or content, and replace it with whatever you like.
I am trying to replace an HTML string;
ie.

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{loadposition calltoaction}

The above will be replaced in articles

Is there a trick to it? It says No results

Thank you,

Patti

Reply to Patricia

Patricia

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October 23, 2012 - 12:24

Sorry Barnaby,

It is the actual html coding that I am trying to replace including the text shown above
Patti

Reply to Patricia

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
October 23, 2012 - 12:32

Hi there Patti,

Thanks for your inquiry. Can you confirm the term you want to search is available in your article editor? If so, try this: click 'HTML' or 'View HTML source' in your article editor, and copy the phrase exactly as it appears. The search & replace engine should then be able to find it.

Let me know how you get on.

All the best - Barnaby

Reply to Patricia

Patti

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November 20, 2012 - 03:19

Works great now thanks! Patti

Michael Barraclough

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October 22, 2012 - 18:35

Hi Barnarby

I have lots of documents with " " embedded in them. Unfortunately, the module concerned has stopped working and I need to replace it. The replacement module is #197. I assume that replacing with throughout my articles is simple with your component.

Reply to Michael Barraclough

Barnaby Dixon

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October 23, 2012 - 10:38

Hi there Michael,
Absolutely - a search and replace term like this would be very simple indeed.
All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Santiago

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August 08, 2012 - 15:56

Hi stephan,

Before I would purchase I wonder if I can changes tab names or add more in few categories example {tab=About}{tab=Services} and if I would like to add one more in pages can the search and Replace can do that? It would same me lots of time for my client instead of going 50 pages and do it manually.

Let me know

Regards

Reply to Santiago

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
August 17, 2012 - 10:39

Hi there,

Yes absolutely - you can search and replace anything like this in seconds.

All the best, Barnaby

Reply to Santiago

Santiago

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August 27, 2012 - 22:05

I purchase the product and I really love it but.. Is there a way that when I do the search and replace, It will show the changes as well in the Articles.
as I mentioned before. I did a test with tabs and work beautifully. I only have the concern that if I would like to add text in one of the tabs in the article, it doesn't show. It maintain the way it is and if I would like to add an extra text in the article, it erase the change for the tabs when I do the preview..

Is there any way that can be fix it?

Thanks in Advance..

Changes looks good but if doesn't store in the articles as in the database it's a bit challenge to do it again manually

Reply to Santiago

Barnaby Dixon

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August 28, 2012 - 08:05

Hi there,
Thanks for your comments. I'm afraid I don't understand your question - all changes are made directly in the database, and are permanent. All I can imagine is that you have a cache enabled and you are seeing an old version of your pages?
All the best
Barnaby

Nick Yocca

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July 14, 2012 - 22:05

I like the search and replace product very much and have used it over and over. I first purchased it on May 16, 2012. Has there been any update issued since? Again, thanks for this very useful extension.

Reply to Nick Yocca

Barnaby Dixon

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July 16, 2012 - 08:24

Hi there Nick,

Thank you for your review. There hasn't been an update since May - when there is a major update available we send out emails with details.

All the best,

Barnaby Dixon
PHP Web Design

Andrew

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April 14, 2012 - 11:59

I need to add a set of divs to several hundred articles. Will this component allow me to accomplish this.

Thanks in advance.

Reply to Andrew

Barnaby Dixon

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April 16, 2012 - 17:16

Yes absolutely - and it'll only take a few seconds to complete the process.

All the best - Barnaby

Valéry

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April 09, 2011 - 06:35

I'm very interested by your extension but would have to use it with a php 4.x installation of Joomla 1.5. Will it work ?

Reply to Valéry

Barnaby Dixon

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April 09, 2011 - 10:14

Hiya Valerie, yes the component will work fine on PHP 4 so long as your system supports MySqli. All the best, Barnaby

Robert

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January 13, 2011 - 14:05

I have a site that has a number of invalid links in articles that I need to change with new links. I wanted to be sure before purchase that this is possible to do.

Reply to Robert

Barnaby Dixon

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January 13, 2011 - 14:12

Hi there - yes this is exactly what the search & replace component is ideal for.

Any problems just let me know.

All the best,

Barnaby

Radek Filip

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December 16, 2010 - 02:56

Hi Barnaby,

i have to say, this is absolutely "Swiss knife" for work with Joomla! and databases together. I had about 1000 articles for change (dimensions of our e-publishing from issuu.com) and many other changes of articles and fixes of bugs on http://www.metro.cz. Im working now on site chages and your componnet helped me as nothing. Yes, is possible to do those changes from Myadmin or so,but why, when you made this tool. Its clear and easy. Keep this great work and good luck for you.

Radek

Scott Russell

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October 27, 2010 - 13:12

Does this work across components? I need to globally change the URL on a bunch of remote video links in hwdvideoshare

Reply to Scott Russell

Barnaby Dixon

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November 29, 2010 - 14:09

Hi Scott - please email me separately for a custom build. I have recently updated the component to make upgrades like this much more simple, so it shouldn't be too difficult to set this up for you.

All the best,

Barnaby

Renea Leathers

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August 12, 2010 - 13:11

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

Previewing your replacements before they are made would be very much appreciated.
Picking if you want to search your articles or your modules would also be cool.

You just saved me hours of work! You are my hero of the day.

Brandon Fox

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July 18, 2010 - 16:35

Just wanted to say thanks, this is working great for me and has saved countless hours changing links throughout my site.

carlos

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May 07, 2010 - 19:10

the changes are permanent? What happens if you uninstall the component? Are changes disappear?

thanks

Reply to carlos

Barnaby Dixon

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May 09, 2010 - 22:20

Hi Carlos,

Yes - the changes are permanent in the database, and if you uninstall the component the changes remain in the database.

All the best,

Barnaby

Nadine

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May 04, 2010 - 07:58

Hey,

does the component allow wildcard replacements?

Thanks a lot,
Nadine

Reply to Nadine

Barnaby Dixon

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May 09, 2010 - 22:22

Hiya Nadine,

Sorry - it only takes fixed strings I'm afraid!

All the best,

Barnaby

Rich

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April 01, 2010 - 20:18

Quick question: So if I have the text [city] throughout my site and wanted to change it to New York this would accomplish this?

Thanks,

R

Reply to Rich

Barnaby Dixon

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April 01, 2010 - 20:33

Hi Rich - yes it will work fine & change all instances of [city] in your database to whatever you like.
All the best

martijn

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January 12, 2009 - 01:37

Hi Barnaby,

Will the search and replace accept wildcards in the search string? I have accross my site the "...

Reply to martijn

Barnaby V. Dixon

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January 13, 2010 - 19:24

Please email me an example of what you want to search and replace - the component does not currently accept wildcards, but I could update it to do so. Many thanks, Barnaby

Henk

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December 19, 2009 - 06:08

It works perfect. Thank you.

Hwnk

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December 14, 2009 - 13:11

I get the JFTP::store: Badresponse

Can't find the installation packet.

Is there another way to install?

Thanks.

Reply to Hwnk

Barnaby V. Dixon

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December 14, 2009 - 16:34

Hi there, thank you for your message. Could you please confirm the version of Joomla running on your system?

Many thanks,

Barnaby

Reply to Hwnk

Barnaby V. Dixon

Rating:
December 14, 2009 - 16:43

Hi again,

After investigation it would appear that CHMOD permissions are blocking the file upload. You may find some helpful answers on: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=428&p=1251605

All the best,

Barnaby

Reply to Hwnk

Henk

Rating:
December 15, 2009 - 07:52

I am sorry, my mistake.
Developing the site in a test environment and moving it to the live site gave some db errors thats why the installer didn't work anymore.

Patrick Hunter

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December 07, 2009 - 14:20

Does this component change the code in the database as well? For instance I have to find and replace many links to a new link can this software search for a link like:
domain.com/sub/sub/ to a relative link like /sub/

Reply to Patrick Hunter

Barnaby V. Dixon

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December 08, 2009 - 18:55

Hi there - yes, this component will search and replace both text and html code. So, if you search for href="http://www.thissite.com/ and replace it with href="http://www.thatsite.com/ it will change all the links throughout the site.

Let me know how you get on!

Barnaby

Tina

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November 21, 2009 - 17:04

I love it, I love it, I love it.
Hip Hip Hurra
As we say in Swedish!

brad cooper

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November 19, 2009 - 16:50

perfect, thanks

Deborah

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November 16, 2009 - 16:49

Thanks, very easy search and replace on the database, exactly what i needed.

Stefan

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November 07, 2009 - 18:40

How to install and run this component? Simply copying it into the folder doesn't work for me ... I am on 1.5.14.

Thanks for your help

Reply to Stefan

Barnaby V. Dixon

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November 15, 2009 - 16:42

Hi there Stefan! To install the component go to your Admin - Extensions - Install/Uninstall and then Upload Package File. Once you have uploaded the component it will appear in Components - Search and Replace.

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