The Year Updater plugin allows you to update the titles of posts with a specific year in their title. For example, you can use the plugin to replace the year 2022 in the post titles with the current year.
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There’s two ways to install Year Updater.
- Go to “Plugins > Add New” in your Dashboard and search for: Year Updater
- Download the .zip from WordPress.org, and upload the folder to the
/wp-content/plugins/directory via FTP.
Option one is easy and faster.
Do I need to keep the plugin after updating the year?
No, you don’t. After you update, you can remove the plugin. The changes will remain on site.
- Better and faster code implementation
- Added a new settings page in the WordPress admin area for the plugin.
- Implemented a system to query all posts of a given type and display them on the settings page.
- Added functionality to update the year in post titles, edit the post’s modified date, and add a post meta field ‘year_updated’ with the new year.
- Included error handling and success/error notifications.
- Added a check to skip posts with the current year in their title.
- Added a message above the ‘Update Posts’ button to inform users that post with the current year in their title will not be updated.
- The preview.php file was updated to show a table of the old and new post titles rather than a list.
- The update.php file was updated only to update the post titles and not the post content. It was also updated to use the wp_update_post() function and the update_post_meta() function to update the post data and add a custom field to mark the post as updated. Inline documentation was added to both the preview.php and update.php files to explain the code and its purpose.
- Initial release