Easily updating links in forums, wikis and sites

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Details will vary slightly depending on the structure of your web application, so here's a generic version using MySQL:

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UPDATE nameoftable SET nameoftextfield = replace(nameoftextfield ,'[url]http://transfans.net','[url]http://transfans.co.uk');
UPDATE nameoftable SET nameoftextfield = replace(nameoftextfield ,'[url=http://transfans.net','[url=http://transfans.co.uk');

In vBulletin, as an example, it's probably the "post" table and the "pagetext" field. Since vB caches the contents of posts for speed, you'd also want to run 'Rebuild Post Cache' under Admin CP > Maintenance > Update Counters, and other forum systems may have similar functionality.

It's also possible to change lots of files easily if you have a flat-file wiki (or other situations where lots of files stored together want updating) -- this is one way of doing so using PHP:

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foreach ($files as $file) {
$data=file_get_contents($file); echo "Opening ".$file;
if ($data!=$edit) { file_put_contents($file,$edit); echo " ... changes made<br>"; }
echo " ... done<br>";

Any questions, ask away. I'm not a guru at scripting either of the above technologies, but this isn't a complicated topic.

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