There be dragons

I should subtitle this “a snarky developer talks shit about other developers”.

One of my WordPress rules is that I keep plugins to a minimum. Hell, I just blogged about a plugin that I released – it’s currently one of three plugins installed on my website.

I keep my plugins to a minimum for a few major reasons. The first is that WordPress itself is fairly secure and when WP sites get hacked en masse, it’s usually a plugin’s fault. The second is that honestly, I think WordPress gives theme/plugin developers way too much control to hook into how the CMS itself runs.

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A new plugin

A few days ago, I was checking out the content on my website and I noticed a problem. Ironically, I spelled ‘website’ in two different ways – ‘website’ and ‘web site’. I found that annoying so set about to fix it.

I checked out some other WordPress search and replace tools and mostly found that they did some weird things with the database, so I decided to build my own. I just finished testing it and am about to release it to the masses.

So far, I call it Keyword Meter and it has two uses. The first screen does keyword research – type in a keyword or phrase you’re interested in and the tool will spit out how frequently it appears in every article. Keyword density is thought important in search engine optimization and keeping tracking of that is very helpful. The most important part (for me) is the search and replace. Hence, I’m going to do a bit of a tutorial on it now and at the end, I’m going to ask for a big favour.

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