Kottke Style Archives is a WordPress archives plugin which produces an archive list in a similar format to that of Jason Kottke.
The ingenious thing about the format Jason has chosen, is that it suits a large archive list or displaying a highly compressed archive list. If you’re wondering why you might have such a requirement, consider browsing a typical WordPress archives page with more than two years worth of content on a handheld device. In this scenario, you don’t have a lot of screen real-estate to work with; so keeping your content short and to the point is just what the doctor ordered.
- Download arl_kottke_archives.zip
- Unzip the file to your local machine somewhere
- Upload the arl_kottke_archives.php into your plugins folder (normally: /wp-content/plugins/)
- Enable the plugin via your administration console
- Edit your appropriate WordPress template file (normally: /wp-content/themes/<theme_name>/archives.php) and add a call to
The plugin has the following function signature:
which means that it accepts two optional parameters.
The first paramter is the separating characters between each month, which has a default value of a single space. Some people might prefer the look of each month separated by a comma and a space. If you liked that style of formatting, you would need to send in
', ' to the first parameter.
The second parameter is the format of the month names which are displayed. By default, it uses the the capital M format option which will output the short month name. You could also use a capital F, to display the full month name if you wanted.
WordPress: Kottke Style Archives Plugin