I'd like to redirect a search result page URL to a specific post. I've tried doing a 301 redirect in the .htaccess but it is not working.

As an example:

I want to redirect permanently the URL http://www.domain.com/?s=keyword to http://www.domain.com/name-of-the-post.html

Is possible to do this in the .htaccess file'



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I think it is better that you do this inside the WordPress install, not on the .htaccess. Is not easy to maintain and maybe a problem, if you have more results for a search. You can use the follow source, write in a small plugin and activate. If the search result have only one result, then will rewrite to the single post.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'fb_single_result' );
function fb_single_result() {

    if (is_search()) {
        global $wp_query;

        if ( 1 === $wp_query->post_count ) {
            wp_redirect( get_permalink( $wp_query->posts['0']->ID ) );
  • Thank you for the answer. But what I want is to redirect some of my result page URLs to specific posts URLs. Is not an issue of having just 1 result for the search.
    – user44711
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 19:45
  • 1
    Don't forget to exit (or die) after a wp_redirect.
    – tehlivi
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 15:31

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