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Opened 17 years ago

Last modified 6 days ago

#4463 accepted enhancement

Pretty permalink on search

Reported by: markjaquith's profile markjaquith Owned by: aristath's profile aristath
Milestone: 6.6 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.3
Component: Permalinks Keywords: has-patch has-unit-tests needs-dev-note changes-requested
Focuses: Cc:



In trunk, with cruft free links, I get stuff like this:

That's not right. Maybe we should revert back to pre [5454] to fix the trunk problems.

[5454] was the commit for #3930

If at all possible, I'd like to work with the new code.

Attachments (2)

4463.diff (956 bytes) - added by wonderboymusic 11 years ago.
4463_1.diff (1.1 KB) - added by faishal 11 years ago.
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Change History (40)

#1 @Nazgul
17 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Milestone changed from 2.3 (trunk) to 2.4 (future)

#2 @MtDewVirus
16 years ago

Tested with 7236.

Whenever performing searches, the search results do have URLs in the form of /?s=test.

#3 @DD32
15 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Template
  • Priority changed from high to normal

What would be a suggested fix for this ticket? /search/search-term/page/2 ? /?s=search-term&paged=2 ?

#4 @Denis-de-Bernardy
15 years ago

+1 for this: /?s=search-term&paged=2

#5 @Denis-de-Bernardy
15 years ago

  • Component changed from Template to Permalinks
  • Owner changed from anonymous to ryan

#6 @hakre
15 years ago

/search/search-term/page/2 with a configureable option in backend for wording of "search" would be pretty nice to fillup serps.

anyway isn't this pretty uninteresting anyway as long as it doesn't lead to a 404?

#7 @janeforshort
15 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.9 to Future Release

No patch, punting.

#8 @wonderboymusic
12 years ago

  • Keywords reporter-feedback added; needs-patch removed

Is this still relevant?

#9 @SergeyBiryukov
12 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; reporter-feedback removed

Paged search links still look as described: http://trunk.wordpress/page/2/?s=test.

Before [5454], they used to be http://trunk.wordpress/?s=test&paged=2.

#10 @wonderboymusic
12 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Makes search links with pretty permalinks on used paged in the query string

11 years ago

#11 @wonderboymusic
11 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.6

Refreshed patch against trunk - this ticket is like 19,000 tickets old, but the patch works

#12 @wonderboymusic
11 years ago

#21748 was marked as a duplicate.

11 years ago

New patch

#13 @faishal
11 years ago

  • Cc saiyedfaishal@… added

#14 @MikeHansenMe
11 years ago

  • Cc mdhansen@… added

Both 4463.diff and 4463_1.diff apply and work as intended. In 4463_1.diff there is a couple addition lines for is_single ! is_home and ! is_front_page. I am not sure if that is necessary as 4463.diff seems to work without it.

#15 @nacin
11 years ago

  • Keywords 3.7-early added
  • Milestone changed from 3.6 to Future Release

Longstanding bug.

#16 @wonderboymusic
11 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.7

these are all marked 3.7-early

#17 @wonderboymusic
11 years ago

  • Keywords needs-unit-tests added
  • Milestone changed from 3.7 to 3.8

#18 @dd32
10 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 3.8 to Future Release

#19 @ryan
10 years ago

  • Owner ryan deleted
  • Status changed from new to assigned

#20 @chriscct7
9 years ago

  • Keywords 3.7-early removed
  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 4.4
  • Owner set to chriscct7
  • Status changed from assigned to reviewing

#21 @chriscct7
9 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 4.4 to Future Release
  • Owner chriscct7 deleted

#22 @Mte90
14 months ago

  • Summary changed from Strange paging links to Pretty permalink on search

Just adding a more context focused title to avoid reading all the history in this 16 years ticket.

I don't know if it is something that we want, I mean now it is a standard that on wordpress the only parameter not pretty is s for the search.

The topic was opened because at the time there were some changes on adding as pretty the paged value.

As today, all the search engine doesn't have pretty permalinks for the search string value like Google.

#23 @oglekler
9 months ago

@joostdevalk can you please give your opinion on this matter. Thank you 🙏

#24 @joostdevalk
9 months ago

I'd actually prefer us to rip out the clean version of search permalinks from all WordPress sites. Basically get rid of /search/ altogether and redirect all /search/ to ?s= queries.

For search, using a parameterized URL has remained the most common pattern across all big CMSes and big websites. It makes tracking a lot easier, and not having both clean and non-clean modes actually improves cache hit rates and decreases spam attack vectors.

Paginated search URLs should then always use a second parameter, so, back to or similar.

#25 @jonoaldersonwp
9 months ago

+1. Using pretty permalinks for search causes all sorts of SEO & performance headaches. Would love to remove this.

#26 @markjaquith
9 months ago

In the sixteen years since I opened this ticket, my mind has changed. The web has spoken, and searches use query strings. The reason is rather obvious: it’s the only non-JS way to submit a typed search from a form.

I like @joostdevalk’s suggestion.

#27 @johnbillion
9 months ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch removed
  • Type changed from defect (bug) to task (blessed)

#28 @oglekler
7 months ago

@SergeyBiryukov can we plan this for 6.5?

#29 @aristath
7 months ago

  • Owner set to aristath
  • Status changed from reviewing to accepted

#30 @SergeyBiryukov
7 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 6.5

This ticket was mentioned in PR #5569 on WordPress/wordpress-develop by @aristath.

7 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch has-unit-tests added; needs-unit-tests needs-patch removed

Trac ticket:

This PR does the following:

  • Removes pretty permalinks for search results
  • Redirects old permalinks to the new ones (using ?s=query)

#32 @rajinsharwar
7 months ago

  • Keywords needs-dev-note added

The patch looks good and seems to resolve the said problem. I believe we will need a Dev Note for this change.

#33 @joostdevalk
7 months ago

I'm happy to write the dev note.

#34 @jorbin
7 months ago

Thanks for volunteering Joost!

I really like the direction this is going, but the unit tests seem to be taking a step backwards in the current patch. I noted this on the PR, but it would be good to get those back up to shape or improved before this lands.

#35 @jorbin
4 months ago

  • Keywords changes-requested added

Wanted to note that we are 12 days from beta 1 so if this is going to make it into 6.5, the updates to the unit tests need to be completed.

@aristath commented on PR #5569:

4 months ago

I've been trying to fix an issue in this PR for days. Unfortunately, so far I have not been able to, so I pushed some additional PHPUnit tests in this one to make the issue more evident.
The problem is that for some reason, if in my browser I go to /search/hello/page/2, it _should_ redirect to /?s=hello&paged=2. Instead, it goes to /page/2/?s=hello. 🤔

@SergeyBiryukov since we worked on this PR together when it first started, do you perhaps have any insights as to what may be happening here?

#37 @swissspidy
3 months ago

  • Milestone changed from 6.5 to 6.6
  • Type changed from task (blessed) to enhancement

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by oglekler. View the logs.

6 days ago

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