I've recently gotten several e-mails asking how I created my friendly search URLs here on alexking.org (also used on the Crowd Favorite web site, etc.); I figured others might be interested in this as well.
It's really rather simple, there are just a couple of places to make changes. Note: you must be using nice permalinks with an Apache web server for this to work as described below.
Add this mod_rewrite rule in your .htaccess file:
RewriteRule ^search/(.+)?$ /index.php?s=$1 [QSA,L]
UPDATE: Mark informs me that this has actually been built in to WP since 1.5 (meaning this step is not necessary) - who knew? Not me apparently.
onsubmit handler to the
form tag in the search form in your theme:
<form action="<?php bloginfo('wpurl'); ?>/index.php" method="get" onsubmit="location.href='<?php bloginfo('home'); ?>/search/' + encodeURIComponent(this.s.value).replace(/%20/g, '+'); return false;">
Then... you're done. Kinda anti-climactic, but it's a pretty simple little change.
One thing I've found handy about this is the ability to simply type:
to search my site.
There's more than one way to skin a cat, suggestions and improvements to this are welcome in the comments.