You publish a lot of quality content (trust us, we know). And so we understand that making it easily accessible to your faithful readers is very important for you as a blogger. Sure, our Categories, Tag Cloud, and Archives widgets do their parts, but we’ve come up with an extra little something that you may care to use.
This little guy will allow you to quickly and easily add a post index to anywhere on your blog (page, post, or text widget). Use the shortcode as is, and it will output a listing of all posts ever published on your blog. But it’s your show, so you get to decide what and how the shortcode generates your post index using a variety of options. Check out a number of examples of the shortcode being used here.
Ever want to see your weekly archives displayed in a drop-down menu? Now you can. Here’s ours:
Add the ability to list by tag and/or category, along with some more display options (like order), and then you’d have a very useful tool! I’m one of those ‘static’ front page people, and what I need is the ability to auto-generate Contents listings.
love it i mean shortcodes isn’t there any plugin, for the standard wordpress.com shortcodes to be functional in a wordpress install or for that matter a MU install, it is a great little (?) tool, i want standard wordpress.com shortcodes as a plugin for wordpress install, some one should work on it and sure that someone is not going to be me ;), great feature, just makes wordpress.com much more deightful
Nice Feature. Though I can’t imagine how it will be useful enough! People tend to remember the post titles better than dates…so if I (or a visitor) would be looking for a particular post I’d rather like to look at the post titles than the weeks
But anyways, for the calendar-esque memory ppl. its a great feature.
Ah, excellent. Had for months entertained, with despair deepening with every post, the thought of doing something like this manually.
A suggestion: It would be nice to have an option to reverse the order (oldest to newest), and maybe to add post dates and categories before/after the title of each post. And, like suggested above, if one could archive-shortcode-list just the posts in a single category (or, to be crazy mad ambitious, all posts NOT in a given category), well, that would be triple-Burns eehxcellent.
You WordPress people are made of chocolate and awesome. (The preceding is an impartial and absolutely correct fact by decree.)
Another vote here for archive by category/archive by tag abilities. About the only way to do this now is to manually create lists, which then requires cleaning up all the unwanted self-pingbacks generated.
I also second the vote for the option to have the list go oldest to newest. My readers already see my newest post when they first come to my blog. I’d like for new readers to be able to click on the archives page and start reading my posts starting from the beginning. Thanks again.
Already used the contact-form and sourcecode shortcodes, the sourcecode especially made the life easy. others are really great. A customizable short code feature would be great, something like a macro, then a lot copy paste codes could be avoided just by typing the shortcode macro assigned to it.
The real value in this would be if it could list/drop-down a particular _TYPE_ of post (i.e. by tag or category), so readers could find all _related_ content to the post it appears in. For example – I do book reviews, I do TV reviews, I do theatre reviews – and I tag and categorize these accordingly.
If you could specify by category or tag this would be really useful and really powerful. I am far, far less interested in a whole year’s worth (or ‘last 18 days’) of posts showing, that just wouldn’t be useful and the default archive month drop-down is fine for that.
Unless you can segment the archive then I don’t – personally – see the value.
I’m wondering if none of this really works in the wordpress.com Andreas04 theme that I use. The tags and categories of that theme both go to the wordpress tag collection of everyone’s blog posts on wordpress.com with that tag, instead of, for instance, the categories going to a collection of all my own posts on that topic.
Will the archive shortcode be just as wild for Andreas04?
Great news. I have already tested it and it’s amazingly useful.
I have done a detailed sitemap page with short descriptions and for that I had to hand pick every post link.
It was not easy. Now, it’s even easier and I’m so very pleased.
Now, because I think it’s possible I would like to ask you to add something like category or tags so that I can generate the list of all those “one particular tag (or category)” on a page. This could be useful at the end of a post if one wants to list the other similar posts for the readers.
I hope I’m not causing too much trouble.
Ditto to all the comments about categories. I regularly send people links to category pages, but these can be a little hard to generate. Would be nice to just have a menu system so people can find all posts from key categories really easily.
I used the shortcode for audio and videos of Youtube, but I had no idea that there were so many! The est of all is this one that organizes my archive that accumulate over time and are difficult to find. It’s really very good!
hello clever person/s
does this mean i need to open each past posts, in edit mode, to activate this nifty little [big] AS [archive shortcode]?
if so i just don’t have the time – too overwhelming a thought!
You would only need to add the shortcode to each of your past posts if you wanted to display the archive index within each of them. What many users will do is simply create a new page on their blog (Pages -> Add New) and call it “Archives”. They will then add the shortcode to this page to display the blog’s complete (or customized) archive listing. If you’re still a bit confused, please contact support, and we will take a closer look.