Displays a monthly archive of posts in a more compact form than the usual long list.
The template tag,
compact_archive, has some parameters:
compact_archive($style='initial', $before='<li>', $after='</li>');
If $style == 'initial' (the default) the display will fit into a sidebar:
2009: J F M A M J J A S O N D 2008: J F M A M J J A S O N D 2007: J F M A M J J A S O N D
If $style == 'block' the display will be wide enough to fill the main column of a page:
2009: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2008: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2007: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
If $style == 'numeric' the display will use month numbers:
2009: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 2008: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 2007: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
$before and $after wrap each line of output. The default values make each line of the archive into a list item:
<ul> <?php compact_archive(); ?> </ul>
[compact_archive] works just like the template tag. It accepts three parameters which are style, before, and after.
[compact_archive style="block"] will display compact archives in block.
[compact_archive style="numeric" before="<p>" after="</p>"] will display compact archive in numeric form, wrapped in a paragraph tag.
Compact Archive comes with a sidebar widget located Appearance -> Widgets. Drag and drop Compact Archives Widget to your sidebar. The widget has three option fields. You can provide your widget a title if you want or leave it blank. You can choose a display layout from Select the Style option. It has three layout choices to choose from which are initials, block, and numeric. Tansform text option can be left to No Transformation or you can tansform text style to UPPERCASE or Capitalize.
The year links at the start of each line are wrapped in tags while months with no posts are wrapped with so you can differentiate them visually using your style sheet.
The plugin chooses month names and abbreviations according to the language locale, WPLANG, set in wp-config.php.
Compact Archives also honours whatever kind of permalink pattern you have set.