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Adjacent Archive Links


After activating the plugin, you will have two new template tags at your disposal:

<?php previous_archive_link( 'format', 'link' ); ?>
<?php next_archive_link( 'format', 'link' ); ?>

They adapt their output depending on whether the date archive is a day, a month,
or a year, and they will only output a link for an adjacent time period in which you
have published posts. Both tags take two string parameters, format and link.

The format parameter defines what comes before and after the link. In it, %link
will be replaced with whatever is declared in the link parameter below. previous_archive_link
defaults to “&laquo; %link” and next_archive_link defaults to “%link &raquo;“.

The link parameter defines the link text. Both tags default to “%date“, the
adjacent archive page’s localized date.

If you’re interested in contributing to the code behind this plugin, it’s also hosted on GitHub:


  • This is an example of how it looks on a date archive page customized to only show post titles in chronological order.


  1. Extract the zip file, drop the contents in your wp-content/plugins/ directory, and then activate from the Plugins page.
  2. Edit your theme file (e.g. archive.php) and add the template tags <?php previous_archive_link(); ?> and <?php next_archive_link(); ?>


How do I make my date archives show all posts for that time period in chronological order, rather than just 10 at a time?

Just add query_posts($query_string . '&showposts=1000&order=asc'); to the archive.php template right under the header call.


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Contributors & Developers

“Adjacent Archive Links” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fixed issue where date strings were appearing non-localized (in en_US only)
  • Added Spanish localization (Hat tip: Andrew Kurtis of WebHostingHub)


  • Fixed use of wpdb->prepare for WordPress v3.5 (Hat tip: Jonathan Patt)
  • Improved output of custom previous/next archive hrefs (Hat tip: Trevor Morris)
  • Added the ability to apply filters to the output of both functions (Hat tip: Trevor Morris)


  • Initial version