How to Categorize WordPress Archives - dummies

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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.


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).


  • 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.