Over the last 12 months I have built many WordPress sites. One of the plugins that is a standard in my tool box is Velvet Blues Update URLs. This plugin does one very basic thing, it updates ALL the urls in site from an old url to a new url. This is very useful when you are migrating a site from an old url to a new url. While this isn’t a plugin that is beneficial during the development process of the site or even during the normal operation of the site, it makes migrating the site very smooth and a lot less painful. If you develop the site on one URL and then deploy the site to a different URL, then this plugin needs to be in your toolbox.
What does this plugin do?
It very simply changes all the URLs from and OLD url to a NEW. The plugin has two form fields, buycbdproducts for old and one for new, that you fill out. When you submit the form the plugin will modify all the URLS it can find in the database that match the old url and change them to the new url. You can select what part of the site to change the URLs in. I typically select all.
Why do I need it?
If you develop a site on a different URL than the production url. This plugin will allow you to move it a lot easier. After you have copied all the WordPress file, plugin files, and media files to the new host, login to the WordPress admin and activate the plugin. After the plugin is activated, just fill in the fields and you are done. The plugin does all the hard work for you. It modifies the
How do I use it?
It is very simple. Fill out the form fields with the OLD url and the NEW url. Select where you want these modifications made and press submit. It really is that easy. Here is a screenshot of the Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin in action.
What would I use instead of this plugin?
This really depends on how comfortable you are with working with code or with databases. The WordPress codex offers a couple different ways and suggestions for migrating the site. Over the course of my WordPress Career I have had various levels of success on adjusting all the data in the database.
In conclusion if you do a lot of WordPress design or WordPress development then you should make this part of your tool box.
What are some of your favorite WordPress Plugins? Let me know in the comments below.