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.
Enter our newest shortcode – [archives].
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:
- Jul 30, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
- New Features
Jul 30th at 4:11 pm
I’ve to try it… for sure… ;-p
Jul 30th at 4:19 pm
Nice, I’m gonna look into this.
Jul 30th at 4:21 pm
Nice improvement – already implemented now – thanks!
Jul 30th at 4:34 pm
That’s so cool!
Jul 30th at 4:46 pm
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.
Keep it up!
Jul 30th at 5:36 pm
I liked the original Archive feature, but I will give it a try. Nothing ventured …etc
Jul 30th at 6:39 pm
It seems it might be useful. I’ll try out, thanks.
Jul 30th at 7:15 pm
Nice! Good addition.
Jul 30th at 7:16 pm
I’m ecstatic about this one, as now all themes can have an archive page. Thanks!
Jul 30th at 7:48 pm
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.)
Jul 30th at 7:59 pm
sounds good cant wait to try it out
Jul 30th at 8:09 pm
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.
Jul 30th at 8:26 pm
I’ll look into it, but I’m pretty happy with my page “Table of Contents” which I do manually. Ooops, it is missing the last post. …which I intend to do manually.
Jul 30th at 8:32 pm
heh – This is a nice feature, but it totally fails in feeds.
Jul 30th at 8:35 pm
this looks very useful. grazie
Jul 30th at 8:56 pm
Great! Many thanks
Jul 30th at 9:33 pm
I love it! Can’t wait to see what my readers think of it. Thanks.
Jul 30th at 9:38 pm
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.
Jul 30th at 10:27 pm
This looks great. I’ve seen things like this on other blogs and would like to try this.
Thanks w.p. Keep on going.
Jul 30th at 10:36 pm
Just lovely! I just tried the `` shortcode in two posts.
Jul 30th at 10:36 pm
Neat! You just keep the perks rollin’! Thank you! Now, to try it out……
Jul 30th at 11:17 pm
I love archives, so I’ll probably use this as is, but I second (or third) the many who would love to sort the posts by category or tag. Thanks!
Jul 31st at 12:05 am
Ohh thanks… if i speak english can say more…
But thanks some.
Jul 31st at 12:28 am
but if there ability to display posts by categories, it will be very good
Thanks alot for this shortcode
Jul 31st at 1:01 am
Would it be possible to list archive based on a category? or a Tag?
thanks for constantly trying to improve an already excellent platform!
Jul 31st at 1:49 am
Great feature! Thanks.
Jul 31st at 2:39 am
Jul 31st at 2:43 am
very useful. exactly what i’m looking for. thank you WP! <3
Jul 31st at 3:15 am
This is nice. I ll use it. Thanks.
Jul 31st at 3:37 am
This is wonderful! Thank you.
Jul 31st at 4:50 am
how to add date in archive postbypost. its only show title.
Jul 31st at 6:06 am
I’ll try it.
Jul 31st at 6:39 am
I’ll see how it works. Thanks.
Jul 31st at 7:18 am
I was waiting for stuff like this. Thanks…
Jul 31st at 7:49 am
yet another way to keep readers reading our blogs…..
cheers you are stars,
Jul 31st at 9:21 am
I find this extremely useful, thank you!
Jul 31st at 9:36 am
It could be even more useful if there is an option for Alphabetical order and selection by category.
Jul 31st at 10:09 am
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.
Jul 31st at 10:28 am
love it, thank you, helping my awesome blog grow
Jul 31st at 10:55 am
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.
Jul 31st at 11:17 am
I don’t think I completely understood the concept, or if I’ll ever use it, but once again thanks for the improvements and for making us proud for blogging with WordPress!
Jul 31st at 11:27 am
I am using it now. Too good!
Jul 31st at 11:39 am
Wonderful thing – thank you, WordPress.
Now, how about a shortcode or something that can put all of my 700-odd tags up on a page, rather than my top 40-odd. Or have I missed something?
Jul 31st at 11:48 am
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?
Or maybe I’m not getting this… ?
Jul 31st at 12:19 pm
WP more complete. Thanks.
Jul 31st at 1:32 pm
I think this is great. I know that one day soon I am going to use it! It’s something I have always wanted.
Jul 31st at 2:24 pm
Nice job! Hope it could show postbypost with date someday! Thank you.
Jul 31st at 7:30 pm
I think this is a good new add on
Thanks guys AKA goodday7
Jul 31st at 8:48 pm
Excellent thank you,
got it up and running
after a few false starts
you might consider clarifying the instructions a bit
the equal sign noted in the example from the first link you send people to is not necessary
is there a way to have a similar drop down list for the “pages” widget
doing so would help provide a cleaner look to those that seek it
Jul 31st at 8:55 pm
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.
Thank you, once again.
Aug 1st at 12:54 am
Pretty cool feature!
thank you very much
Aug 1st at 2:28 am
God bless you! I have wanted this feature very badly for sometime now.
Thanks a ton.
Aug 1st at 2:56 am
Awesome feature! Definitlygoing to use it again.
Aug 1st at 3:09 am
What we still want is the option to have clicks on the blue “filed in” under our blogposts just bring up posts in that category in our blog and not in all of WordPress.
Aug 1st at 7:08 am
wp rocks day by day
Aug 1st at 8:20 am
Hi thanks for this new feature.
I think it’d be better if there’s an option for “random” posts.
Aug 1st at 9:36 am
I’m getting more and more convinced of its utility.. No, reread: I think I’ll definitely use it in the future!
Aug 1st at 2:19 pm
Seems interesting, I will definitely look into this further. I’m all for making my job easy and making my viewer’s experience less difficult! Thanks.
Aug 1st at 2:38 pm
Aug 1st at 3:53 pm
ow.. thank you very much
Aug 1st at 4:44 pm
Nice feature, thanks!
Aug 1st at 5:52 pm
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.
Aug 1st at 10:30 pm
wow, great! I was just checking my archives and realized when I changed themes recently (to Vigilance which i LOVE) I lost my widget so now I will bring in this new cool device onboard!
Aug 2nd at 6:33 am
I like! Thanks WP!
Aug 2nd at 10:27 am
I will definitely use this feature. I’m another one who would like to be able to include post date/time as well as post title in the generated list.
I also saw someone commenting on only the top tags appearing in the tag cloud, and I would also like to be able to generate a complete tag list.
Aug 2nd at 10:49 am
Aug 2nd at 11:56 am
useful to me
Aug 2nd at 12:26 pm
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!
Aug 2nd at 4:27 pm
Very Very nice!! Thanks so much =)
Aug 2nd at 7:05 pm
is there a WordPress for Dummies yet??
Aug 3rd at 3:38 pm
what a great stuff,
thank you WP,
Aug 3rd at 6:30 pm
Thank you, WordPress!
Aug 3rd at 7:44 pm
Big smooch from me, WordPress! I love the new [archives] shortcode … and it was so easy that even I could do it!
Aug 3rd at 7:48 pm
Thank you … WordPress.
Aug 3rd at 8:09 pm
This post in my blog clearly explains the use of this new feature. http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/building-a-post-index-at-wordpress-com-with-archives-shortcode/ I have created my own index page to all posts manually and have been adding each post to it after publication. Thank you very much for the feature. It’s great.
Aug 4th at 6:19 am
Thanks to wordpress
Aug 4th at 7:39 am
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!
Aug 4th at 1:32 pm
L O N G
L I F E
F O R
W O R D P R E S S…
Aug 4th at 3:00 pm
Cool, can I use to transfer my web logs from AOL?
Aug 4th at 5:27 pm
Thanks Nick, seems useful.