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Archives and Links page templates

Some themes allow you to create special types of pages, by selecting the appropriate template in the Attributes module of the page editor (note that there are a couple of themes in which those templates seem to be available but actually don’t work).

The Archives Page template is available and working in the following themes:

Andreas 09
Bueno [*]
Chaos Theory
Chaotic Soul
Inuit Types [**]
Misty Look
Sandbox (all four)
Supposedly Clean
The Journalist v1.9
White as Milk

Selecting this option will give you a page with a linking list of categories and months (Fauna and iNove: months only). In addition:

– list of tags in The Journalist v1.9
– list of tags and recent posts in Manifest
– total number of posts, categories, comments e.o. in 2813
– list of last 25 posts in Black-Letterhead
– list of last 50 posts in Fauna and Misty Look
– list of all posts in Solipsus.
– list of posts and static pages in Structure.

[*] Bueno features two related templates:
“Archives”: last 30 posts, categories, months;
“Sitemap”: pages, categories, all posts (by category)
[**] Inuit Types features two related templates:
“Archives”: date, title & no. of comments for latest 60 posts;
“Sitemap”: pages, last 60 posts, months, categories.


1. The archives page template often doesn’t survive change of theme: if you switch to another theme that also supports it, you may need to select the option again and update the page.

2. Chaotic Soul just throws in the words the one after the other in a continuous string of text (possibly the only flaw of this very well-designed theme). [Corrected.]

Update: now you can create a list of posts in a page (or in a post), or in the sidebar, by using the archives shortcode – see here.

The Links Page template is available and working in the following themes:

Andreas 09
Chaotic Soul
Misty Look
Sandbox (all four)
Supposedly Clean
The Journalist v1.9
Vermillion Christmas
White as Milk

Selecting this option will give you a page with a list of your links. If you have arranged your links in more than one link categories, they will show up that way in the links page too, except in Pool, Supposedly Clean and Vermillion Christmas.



11 thoughts on “Archives and Links page templates

  1. This is interesting. I’ve never noticed this feature at all! I suppose it is useful if you don’t want to clutter a sidebar with widgets?

    Posted by Tess | March 27, 2009, 17:45
  2. You mean the Links template? To tell the truth, I never gave it a thought. I guess you’re right, might be useful if you don’t want your links in the sidebar. Maybe if they are too many? – otherwise I don’t see why one would rather click on a page tab first.

    Posted by Panos | March 28, 2009, 05:59
  3. Yes, exactly. This person might find it of use though it won’t work in Vigilance.

    Posted by Tess | March 28, 2009, 13:29
  4. He! This person had better learn to make his own (text) widgets fast!

    To me, the sidebar links to other sites are a) for your own convenience and b) recommendations to visitors. I have no use for “5-20 random links instead of the full blogroll” or for the no-show and extra click&drag of a dropdown menu.

    Posted by Panos | March 28, 2009, 14:13
  5. The touch pad on the MacBook Pro really makes scrolling drop-down menus easy. Well, any scrolling. You can do it right or left handed and the clicking is almost silent.
    Feel free to delete off topic comments I make, for when your blog here is famous

    Posted by Tess | March 28, 2009, 16:01
  6. Delete YOUR comments? You’re out of your mind, dearest!
    THIS blog famous? You’re out of your mind, dearest!

    Posted by Panos | March 28, 2009, 22:18
  7. Do you know if any new themes been added with a links page template?

    Posted by Myrrh C. | October 30, 2009, 18:34
  8. Don’t be fooled by the date of the post – check my right sidebar, bottom note.
    [Note moved to top]

    Posted by Panos | October 30, 2009, 23:19
  9. I use mistylook for my blog, which is only several months old. When I chose it, I certainly wasn’t thinking about an archives page, so I was not even aware of the feature. Now I’m at the point where I need it–thanks for the info!

    I see there’s also a template for a Contact page in mistylook. Do you think this is a good idea or will it attract too many of the wrong kind of inquiries in such a visible location?

    Posted by Tricia | January 10, 2010, 19:29
  10. @Tricia:

    Apparently by “such a visible location” you mean a separate page. Well, I can’t tell you if that’s good or bad – I don’t know what “the wrong kind of inquiries” might be.

    To me the normal means of communication with a blogger is the blog itself, i.e. comments. But since you already provide an e-mail address, you obviously have your reasons for allowing private communication as well. So I will only advise on the technicalities:

    a) It doesn’t have to be a separate page: you can select the Contact template for your About page. Your current content will be retained, and a contact form will be added below it.

    b) You can have the same result by simply adding the WP shortcode for a contact form to your About page:

    The only difference between the two is that the contact form produced by the Contact template includes this as a required field: “AntiSpam Challenge: 6+3 = ?” (Personally I find it rather silly.)

    Posted by Panos | January 11, 2010, 03:30


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