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Archive Blocks

Use Archive Blocks to create organized lists of links to blog posts, gallery images, products, and events. Archive Blocks can display content by tag, category, author, and date. You can use Archive Blocks to add extra navigation to sidebars, footers, and other areas. The blocks update automatically when you add, edit, or delete content.

Archive Blocks are text-only. To create visual displays of existing content, use Summary Blocks.

Add the Archive Block

To add an Archive Block:

  1. Edit a page or post, click an insert point, and select Archive from the menu. For help, visit Adding blocks.
  2. In the block editor, select the page with the content you want to feature in the block. You can select any type of collection page except Album Pages. Archive Blocks can only display content from one page. However, you can add multiple blocks to feature all of the content you want.
  3. Click Display to select a layout from the Layout drop-down menu.
  4. In Group By drop-down menu, select how you want the content grouped.
  5. Depending on your Group By criteria, use the Sort By drop-down menu to sort the content.
  6. Click Apply to save your changes.

As you set up the block, the preview will update so you can see how the block will look. We recommend playing with the settings until you find a layout you like. For detailed steps, see the next sections.

Select a layout

Click the Display tab to select a layout for the links in the block.

The Index layout creates a list of links to individual items organized by headings. The sections and their headings are based on what you select for Group By. You can:

  • Align the text left, right, or center.
  • Sort by date.
  • Make it one column or multiple columns by checking Break into Multiple Columns.
  • Show the dates items were published.
  • Show the number of items in each group (group count).

Example:

The List layout creates a list of general topics, not individual items. The link text is based on what you select for "Group By." You can:

  • Align the text left, right, or center.
  • Make it one column or multiple columns by checking Break into Multiple Columns.
  • Sort by dates (when grouped by month or year).
  • Show the number of items in each group (group count).

Example:

The Dropdown layout creates a drop-down menu of general topics, not individual items. The menu options are based on what you select for Group By. You can:

  • Add a title.
  • Sort by date (when grouped by month or year).
  • Show the number of items in each group (group count).

Example:

Organize the links by date, author, category, or tag

In the Display tab, choose how to organize the links in the block from the Group By drop-down menu: by month, year, author, category, or tag. For example, selecting Category will create navigation by category, like in the examples above.

Keep in mind:

  • Each Archive Block supports one Group By option. To divide content in multiple ways, add multiple Archive Blocks. For example, you can add one Archive Block that lists content by tag and another that lists content by month.
  • Archive Blocks can display up to 50 groups (months, years, authors, categories, or tags) with a maximum of 100 items per group.

Sort the links by date, author, category, or tag

Select a Sort By option to choose the order of the links or sections in the block. The options depend on the Group By criteria.

When grouping by month or year, items appear in descending order by default. Check Sort Dates Ascending to reverse the order.

When grouping by author, select the order of the authors in the list from the Sort By drop-down menu.

Tip: You can change the author names in the Bio tab in their contributor profiles.
  • First Name - Alphabetical order by first name
  • Last Name - Alphabetical order by last name
  • Count - Items per author in descending order
  • Activity - Most recently published item by author

When grouping by categories or tags, select Name, Count, or Activity from the Sort By drop-down menu.

  • Name - Category alphabetical order
  • Count - Frequency of item in descending order
  • Activity - Most recently published item with the tag or category
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