CM Search and Replace (CMSR) - Free Version Guide

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No Permanent Changes

The free version of this plugin does not make permanent changes to your content.

Once you create replacement rules, they will be applied to visitors only while they access the page.

Learn about saving changes permanently in the premium version: CM Search and Replace (CMSR) - Saving Changes to the Database

CM Search and Replace comes in two versions: the free and the Pro. This user guide focuses on the free version.

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How to Use the Plugin


The CM Search and Replace plugin allows you to easily replace text in all types of posts and pages, including theme and plugins generated content. 

It works via rules: you tell it "x" should become "y". Then, everytime a visitor visits a page with "x", he/she will see "y". 

Note that the content will only change to the visitor. The change will not be applied to your database.

Initial Plugin Installation

  1. To manually install the free version of plugin, download it from Wordpress.org to your computer. Then go to the Plugin tab on the Wordpress Admin Plugin to install the plugin.
  2. Hover over the Plugin tab and click Add New.
  3. Click button Upload Plugin and find the downloaded file.

4. Install the plugin.

5. Once the plugin is downloaded it will appear in the Plugin tab for you to activate and use.

Interface Overview

  1. The settings for the plugin are available in a new sidebar in the Settings section.
  2. Click the Settings button to make changes to the plugin. The following settings are available:
  • Cleanup Database - allows you to remove all of the data stored by the CM On Demand Search And Replace in the database. The information cannot be reverted.

  • There are three tabs labeled Replacement Rules, Upgrade, and Installation Tutorial:

1. Replacement Rules - allows creating replacement rules and setting up the search and replace rules for the content of your site. Please note the plugin allows changing the content without making changes to the database.

2. Upgrade - shows a video tutorial on how to use the plugin and allows updating the plugin to the Pro version.

3. Installation Tutorial - provides a quick installation guide, documentation and video tutorial for additional information and tips.

How to Create Replacement Rules

  1. Open the Replacement Rules tab on the plugin dashboard.
  2. Use the bottom set of boxes to manually change the string restrictions for the plugin. The following options are available:
  • From String - To String - allows creating restriction rules. For example, you can easily replace WordPress Blog with WordPress News by entering the values into the fields. You can also edit links, replace HTML, and more.
  • Case - select if you want values in From String to be case-sensitive. This feature allows you to distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters. For example, if you enter Home into the From String field, the plugin will replace this word with the uppercase letter H only.
  • Options - to add a new rule, click the Add New button. You can update or delete a restriction rule at any time. To update the existing rule, click the Update button. To remove the rule, click the Delete button. You can also update all the rules in one click by using the Update All Rules button.


Free Version

  • Define search and replace rules
  • Supports posts and pages
  • Supports text and html
  • Supports case sensitive content

Pro Version

  • All WordPress Content Types
  • Limit to Specific Post Types
  • Modify or Remove Content
  • Case Sensitive
  • Rules Management
  • Frontend Widget
  • Import and Export Rules
  • Search Rules
  • Drag and Drop
  • Time restricted search and replace
  • Target specific posts
  • Regex search replace
  • Special support for Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin
  • Special support for WooCommerce labels.
  • Special Support for bbPress content.
  • Special Support for Yoast content.
  • Search and replace text or html tags
  • Open-Source

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