Search Regex is an amazing free WordPress plugin that enables you to search and replace code throughout your WordPress site. It can save an insane amount of time if used properly. The use cases for it are countless. To give you an idea of how useful it can be and inspire you to think about how you can leverage the tool, I’ve provided some specific examples of how I’ve used it below.
Select entire shortcode
Add a shortcode surrounding all images
The above example would add the Elegant Themes social share media shortcode for the Monarch social media sharing WordPress plugin to all images on your site. Just imagine how much time it would take to do that manually for 353 images!
Remove all links to a particular domain
The above example would select all links pointing to domain.com and remove the links while keeping the anchor text, effectively removing all links on your site pointing to domain.com.
Convert shortcode buttons to HTML buttons
[<a href="$3" class="button color-3 large">$1</a>
The above example would convert all visual composer buttons from shortcodes to HTML buttons. It simply moves the link URL and the anchor text to the correct position in the new link tag and adds the classes used for the HTML button.
Other uses for Search Regex?
If you need help figuring out how to use it effectively on your site, let me know what you want to do in the comments and I’ll see if I can help you do just that. If you have other ways to use this amazing plugin I’d love to hear about them!