I am building a site for a friend, the site has launched, now he tells me he wants his site name to appear green everywhere it appears on the website.

Immediately, I thought of the plugin SEO Smart Links, which automatically links a string of text. Is there anything like this for applying styles or classes to a string of text?

OR a suggestion for another method to complete this task?


If it's purely for setting the style of the text you may want to use JavaScript/jQuery instead. Here's a quick sample that would replace all instances of "ipsum" with

<span class="red">ipsum</span>

And the full code:

// Find text in descendents of an element, in reverse document order
// pattern must be a regexp with global flag
function findText(element, pattern, callback) {
    for (var childi= element.childNodes.length; childi-->0;) {
        var child= element.childNodes[childi];
        if (child.nodeType==1) {
            findText(child, pattern, callback);
        } else if (child.nodeType==3) {
            var matches= [];
            var match;
            while (match= pattern.exec(child.data))
            for (var i= matches.length; i-->0;)
                callback.call(window, child, matches[i]);

findText(document.body, /ipsum/g, function(node, match) {
    var span= document.createElement('span');
    span.className= 'red';
    node.splitText(match.index + 5); // +5 is the length of the string to replace
    node.parentNode.insertBefore(span, node.nextSibling);



Replace text code found here:


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  • It appears this method is breaking the controls in the Layer Slider plugin (wordpress.kreatura.hu/layersliderwp) I have checked the slider there are no instances of the site name in the slider text, file names or alt or title attributes. – Travis Pflanz Mar 8 '13 at 17:35
  • Correct, I forgot that jQuery's html() method strips script tags. I've updated with a non-jQuery solution that will keep the scripts in and not break the slider plugin. – hereswhatidid Mar 8 '13 at 19:08

Search RegEx is a good plugin to be able to search and replace with Grep through all posts and pages. That way, you can add a CSS class to the text and style it anyway you want without the overhead or complexity of jQuery.

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