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When user search and there is no results found wordpress still return 200 OK. I want to change it to 404 Not Found. Is it possible to return 404 Not Found header in search.php? If yes, how to do that?.


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It's bad practice to do so purely because the Search Results page was found it just returned no results.

A 404 would be used if the search page didn't exist.

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