How to Search and Replace Across a Joomla Site

How to Search and Replace Across a Joomla Site

Sometimes you have text, an image, a URL, or even code that appears on many places throughout your Joomla site. Normally, replacing them is a slow process:

  • You open one page.
  • You make a change.
  • You close the page.
  • You repeat this process for another page and so on.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to run a search and replace across your Joomla site in one fell swoop.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could search and replace just as you do with a Microsoft Word document? You can! Here's how to do it with excellent Joomla extension ReReplacer from Peter van Westen at Regular Labs.

Step #1. Install ReReplacer extension

Get ReReplacer

  • In the administration area of your Joomla site, go to Extensions > Manage and upload the downloaded file. You will see the messages about the successful installation.

rereplacer installed successfuly

Excellent! You are ready to run your search and replace.

Step #2. Run search and replace

  • Go to Components > Regular Labs - ReReplacer.

go to components rereplacer

  • You will see the ReReplacer: List screen. Click New in the top left-hand corner.

click new

  • You will be taken to the ReReplacer: Item page.  Enter your existing text, image or code to be replaced in the filed labeled Search. For my demonstration, I will be replacing instances of Joomla with Joooomla. So, as you can see in the image below, I placed the Joomla text in the Search box.
  • Enter your new text, image or code in the filed labeled Replace.

search and replace fields populated

  • Enter a title into the Title field.

create title

  • Click Save or Save & Close.
  • Now refresh your site front end page. You should see the new text in effect.

final result

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