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How to Categorize WordPress Archives

When you create a post on your WordPress site, you can file that post under a category that you specify. This feature makes for a very nifty archiving system in which you and your readers can find articles/posts that you’ve placed within a specific category.

Articles that you post are also sorted and organized by date (day/month/year) to make it easy to locate articles that you’ve posted at a certain time. Clicking a month on that page, for example, takes you to a page listing articles from that month, which are linked to the individual articles.

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Dates and categories aren’t the only ways WordPress archives and organizes your content. There are several others as well. You can leverage those archive types to create a dynamic website that’s easy for your visitors to navigate. The different types of archives and content include

  • Categories: Create categories of topics to file your articles in to create easy archiving of relevant topics. A popular way that websites display content is by category — typically referred to as a Magazine Theme — where all content is displayed by topic, rather than a simple chronological listing. Here is an example of a Magazine Theme (the Modern Blogger by StartBox).

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  • Tags: Tagging your posts with micro-keywords, or tags, helps drill down related content, which is good for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes, and also provides additional navigation pieces for your readers to find relevant content on your site.

  • Date based: Your content is automatically archived by date based on the day, month, year, and time you published it.

  • Author: Content is automatically archived by author based on the author of the post and/or page. Creating an author archive is possible for those sites that have multiple content contributors.

  • Keyword (or search): WordPress has a built-in search function that allows you, and your readers, to search for keywords to see an archive listing of content that’s relevant to your chosen keyword.

  • Custom post types: You can build custom post types based on the kind of content your site offers.

  • Attachments: WordPress has a built-in media library where you upload different media files such as photos, images, documents, videos, and audio files (to name a few). You can build an archive of those files to create things like photo galleries, e-book archives (PDFs), or video galleries.

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