Sure, you can enable the fancy blog post url's with the .htaccess file, but when someone uses the search box WordPress still sends the user to
http://www.blogname.com/?s=Foobar, whatever you have your permalink structure set as. To get around this, i've used my own PHP file to redirect the user's search to
I created a file that I just dropped into the root of my blog directory called "pretty-search.php". This is the code it uses:
<?php $term = $_GET['s']; header("Location: http://www.blogname.com/search/$term/"); ?>
This simple bit of code changes the user's search request that would originally be
http://www.blogname.com/search/Foobar/, to make the URL look better.
To make the script actually work though, I had to also point my searchform in the sidebar to the redirecting file. So, this can't be done if the search is a widget, as it is difficult to access the code.
<form method="get" id="searchform" action="/pretty-search.php"> <input type="text" value="Search <?php bloginfo('name'); ?>" name="s" id="s" /> </form>
When you've sorted that bit out, you're done. If you want to see a demo of the script in action, just type something in the search form at the top of the sidebar and hit enter. Remember, change the URL in pretty-search.php to your own blog url, currently it's set to "http://www.blogname.com/". ;)
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