When I first started working with WordPress I tried all kinds of different plugins to gain an advantage and make blogging easier. Over time I discovered that some plugins have a short life span and using them can actually make more work for you or end up being a pain to get rid of.
Case in point is the once mighty Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. Man what a pain getting away from that thing! If you are not familiar with UTW it was a great plugin and it had a feature built into it that tagged terms within the content of the post. Using tag parameters like this: [tag] Your Tag Word [/tag]. The terms of the tag parameters would then link to your tags page and automatically tag the post. The tag parameters would not show on the content as long as you kept the UTW plugin active. The tagged term or terms would look like a link. But guess what? When UTW stopped working in WordPress and the plugin is deactivated the tagged terms on all posts looked just like the example. What a mess.
The lesson learned is never to use a plugin that you will need to add anything special into the content of the post. And never become so dependent on a plugin that your WordPress blog will look terrible or worse not function without it. Because chances are eventually that plugin will become obsolete!
So the solution to one obsolete plugin is… you guessed it, using another plugin! But in this case, I choose to remove all those [tag] parameters from all my posts but not by manually editing several hundred posts. But using a plugin that searches and replaces text. It is real easy to use and unlike other plugins that always run this one only runs when you actually need or use it.
The plugin is called Search and Replace, and you can use it to replace text in more than just the content of posts but just about any area of the WordPress blog that holds its data in the database. In my case, I just replaced the tags with a blank and it took all of them away in seconds. This can be handy for a lot of other things too.
So as I continue to work with WordPress, the more it evolves and the more mess I see from obsolete plugins the more I believe that fewer WordPress plugins are better.