The Clean My Archives plugin was developed because so many archives plugins were overly complicated. I wanted something extremely simple to use that simply got the job done on my own site’s archives.
Therefore, I created a simple
[clean-my-archives] shortcode that you can place on any page (or any shortcode-ready area) and list your post archives by month and year.
This plugin also integrates with WordPress caching plugins. So, long lists of archives can be cached for later use and loaded quickly. If you have many years of blog posts, I highly recommend some sort of persistent caching or paginating your archives (see FAQ).
If you need professional plugin support from me, the plugin author, you can access the support forums at Theme Hybrid, which is a professional WordPress help/support site where I handle support for all my plugins and themes for a community of 75,000+ users (and growing).
If you’re a theme author, plugin author, or just a code hobbyist, you can follow the development of this plugin on it’s GitHub repository.
I appreciate all donations, no matter the size. Further development of this plugin is not contingent on donations, but they are always a nice incentive.
- Why was this plugin created?
First and foremost, I wanted a simple archives solution for, what’s now, over 12 years of blog posts. You can check out my archives to see how the plugin performs.
The second reason was to share my solution with other users who want the same simplicity.
- How do I use it?
[clean-my-archives]shortcode to a shortcode-ready area, such as the page editor. That’s it. You have nothing more to do.
Of course, there are some other configuration options. Examples follow.
- Limit the number of posts with the `limit` parameter:
- Reverse the order with the `order` parameter (default is `DESC`):
- Use the `year` parameter to limit to a year:
- Use the `month` parameter to limit by month:
- Load specific post types with the `post_type` parameter:
[clean-my-archives post_type="post, page"]
- Disable the comment count from showing:
- Change the month and day date/time format
[clean-my-archives format_month_year=”F Y” format_post_date=”d:”]
For a full list of formats, see the PHP Date Formats guide.
- Does it support pagination?
Sort of. Technically, it doesn’t. However, WordPress pages support pagination. So, you could enter the following in your page editor to paginate by year.
[clean-my-archives year="2013"] <!-- nextpage --> [clean-my-archives year="2012"] <!-- nextpage --> [clean-my-archives year="2011"]
Contributors & Developers
“Clean My Archives” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
To view the change log, look into the
changelog.md file included with the plugin or visit the online change log.