optimization – Best way to search and replace within serialized database strings?
The frustration of serialized data in WordPress has been around for years… trying to search and replace strings in your database using tools like WP-CLI, MySQL queries, or even plugins like Better Search Replace, are not effective for serialized data that is used for things like widgets, themes, page builder plugins, and more.
I thought this problem deserved a WPSE question.
What is the best way to deal with searching and replace large amounts of instances in the database when traditional search and replace tools are not properly updating the data? This is particular relevant to replacing URLs.