<form class="search-form" action="<?php echo home_url( '/suche/' ); ?>" method="get">

    <input type="text" name="s" class="s" value="<?php the_search_query(); ?>" />

this is in my searchform.php template.

Any ideas why when searching for e.g. "Graphic Design" it searches for "Cool%20Car" and replaces the space with an encoded %20?

This of course doesn't return any results because there is no text as "Cool%20Car" on my blog.

Any idea how to fix that?

  • You could change the 'method' to POST... Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 0:55

1 Answer 1


This happens because search strings gets url encoded in order for the URL to be valid. You can reverse this with urldecode.

  • But this seems weird. Has never happened to me on other Wordpress Sites I made. Or at least it worked with the search terms. In my case the search.php holds Cool%20Car as term and not Cool Car as it's supposed to. I know the url must be encoded but why are the terms on my search.php site still encoded? Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 14:54
  • As usual - try to deactivate all plugins, and switch to default theme. If it doesn't happen there then there is something with your plugins/theme and then turn them on one by one and see which one gives u problems.
    – Miha Rekar
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 17:07
  • It's not fault of any plugins as it seems. Any other idea what could cause that? Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 6:43
  • What about theme?
    – Miha Rekar
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 6:46
  • Well, the only functions that could have anything to do with this are those … cl.ly/code/121u2I2F2X2K However I tried to comment-out them one by one and it didn't make a difference. And as you can see of course the search-form.php template that is posted above in my question. Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 15:05

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