String locator

Description

When working on themes and plugins you often notice a piece of text that appears hardcoded into the files, you need to modify it, but you don’t know what theme or plugin it’s in, and certainly not which individual file to look in.

Easily search through your themes, plugins or even WordPress core and be presented with a list of files, the matched text and what line of the file matched your search.
You can then quickly make edits directly in your browser by clicking the link from the search results.

By default a consistency check is performed when making edits to files, this will look for inconsistencies with braces, brackets and parenthesis that are often accidentally left in.
This drastically reduces the risk of breaking your site when making edits, but is in no way an absolute guarantee.

Screenshots

  • Searching WordPress for the string hello dolly.
  • Search screen when editing is disabled.
  • Having clicked the link for one of the results and being taken to the editor in the browser.
  • Smart-Scan has detected an inconsistency in the use of braces.

FAQ

Will Smart-Scan guarantee my site is safe when making edits?

Although it will do it’s best at detecting incorrect usage of the commonly used symbols (parenthesis, brackets and braces), there is no guarantee every possible error is detected. The best safe guard is to keep consistent backups of your site (even when not making edits).

As of version 1.6, the plugin will check your site health after performing an edit. If the site is returning a site breaking error code, we’ll revert to the previous version of the file.

My search is failing and I am told that my search is an invalid pattern

This error is only related to regex searches, and is based off how PHP reads your regex string.

When writing your search string, make sure to wrap your search in forward slashes (/), directly followed by any modifiers like case insensitive (i) that you may want to use.

Reviews

14 April 2021
No more downloading of files to find what other developer has done to the site. I wish I knew this plugin a long ago. Thanks for developing this plugin!
18 February 2021
If you are tired of using F12 to locate one tiny piece of code, this will do the job for you. I wish I had found this years ago.
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Contributors and Developers

“String locator” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Change Log

2.4.2

  • Fixed the option to restore previous search.
  • Fixed respecting text capitalization in previews when doing a non-regex search.
  • Changed capability checks, now works on hosts that maintain updates for their users.

Older entries

See changelog.txt for the version history