# Nice searching in Wordpress

You may have noticed that all the tags on my posts point to URLs of the form /ob-search/_search+term_. That’s a reasonably simple bit of mod rewriting. This article is aimed at people who can do that. I wanted a way for the search box to point to the same pages. I figured I could point the search form at a fake page and redirect (it with a HTTP status code of 302 so it is sent to the browser and the user sees it in his/her address bar) to the nice URL (which would secretly redirect to the real one). So I came up with the following: RewriteRule ^fake-search.php?s=(*.)$/ob-search/$1 It didn’t work. Unfortunately Apache strips of query strings before the get to Rewriting and the reattaches them. So to sort it out I had to hack off the query string with one rule (which is accessed using an environment variable) and then extract the bit I wanted with another rule: RewriteRule fake-search.php /-%{QUERY_STRING}? RewriteRule ^/-s=(.*)$/ob-search/$1 [R=302] RewriteRule ^/ob-search/(.*)$/index.php?s=$1 The third rule just does the “simple” redirecting as a said in the beginning. The ? appending the query string on to the end afterwards. The hyphen in the first two lines could be anything you want - it’s just something for the second rule to recognise. To finish it off I altered the search form’s action attribute to point to fake-search.php and all was well :) Try it :D PHP, Wordpress, Apache, mod_rewrite, mod rewrite