h1. How do I make an archive page? [todo]

(This technique requires Textpattern 4.0.2+)

Here’s a step-by-step method for creating a page that lists all articles with headings for each month (or year):

  1. Create a new article form (presentation > forms). Call it monthly_article:

bq. @ @ @@ @<h2></h2>@ @@ @ @ @@ @<h3></h3>@ @@ @ @ @@ @
@

  1. Copy an existing page template (such as default) to a new one named archive_list.

  2. Edit the archive_list template. In the main content block, replace the @@ tag with this:

bq. @<txp:article_custom limit=99999 form=”monthly_article” />@

  1. Create a section named archive, list, or similar. The section page (http://example.com/archive/ or http://example.com/?s=archive) will be used to display the list of articles. Select archive_list as the page template (“Uses page:”).

Variations

The monthly_article form above will display the year and month separately. You can combine them together like this:

bq. @<h3></h3>@

The @format@ string can include any of the format specifiers supported by “PHP’s strftime function”:http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.strftime.php. (Beware, Windows doesn’t support all of those). @@ only displays its enclosed content when that content _changes_.

To include an excerpt, timestamp, category name or other information with each article link, simply use the appropriate “article form tags”:http://textbook.textpattern.net/wiki/index.php?title=Form_Related_Tags#Article_Form_Tags in the monthly_article form.

To display the articles in an unordered list, use a @li@ tag in the monthly_article form:

bq. @<li>@ @</txp:title>@ @</li>@

..and, in the archive_list page template, wrap the @article_custom@ tag in a @ul@:

bq. @<ul><txp:article_custom limit=99999 form=”monthly_article” /></ul>@

To display only articles from a specific section or category, change the @article_custom@ tag:

bq. @<txp:article_custom limit=99999 form=”monthly_article” section=”products” />@

or:

bq. @<txp:article_custom limit=99999 form=”monthly_article” category=”weather” />@

To group articles by something other than date, such as section, create a form named section_article:

bq. @ @ @@ @<h2><txp:section title=1 /></h2>@ @@ @ @ @</txp:title>@ @
@

And change the @article_custom@ tag to sort by section:

bq. @<txp:article_custom limit=99999 form=”section_article” sort=”section desc” />@