Expanding Archives

Description

Expanding Archives adds a widget that shows your old posts in an expandable/collapsible format. Each post is categorized under its year and month, so you can expand all the posts in a given month and year.

This plugin comes with very minimal CSS styling so you can easily customize it to match your design.

Expanding Archives uses Font Awesome icons in a few places, so having that installed is recommended. However, the widget still functions perfectly fine without them.

JavaScript is required.

Screenshots

  • The widget on my blog. This version has custom CSS applied.
  • The widget on the Twenty Fifteen theme, with only the default styles applied.
  • No widget settings - just add and save!

Installation

  1. Upload expanding-archives to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to Appearance -> Widgets and drag the Expanding Archives widget into your sidebar.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload expanding-archives to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to Appearance -> Widgets and drag the Expanding Archives widget into your sidebar.
How can I change the appearance of the widget?

The plugin does not come with a settings panel so you have to do this with your own custom CSS. Here are a few examples:

Change the year background colour:

.expanding-archives-title {
    background: #000000;
}

Change the year font colour:

.expanding-archives-title a {
    color: #ffffff;
}

Reviews

Nice but could be cleaner

It looks nice if you only have a few posts per month, but I wish you had the option to choose whether the month will appear expanded or collapsed as a default. If you do a post per day, opening the page with the month expanded is way too long and makes the sidebar look cluttered. Bullets before each post would also make it look cleaner.

cleanly executed

Took a punt, as no demo offered (yr blog has no sidebar, AFAIK), and works nicely. Element classes assist styling.

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Contributors & Developers

“Expanding Archives” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.1.0

  • Added a new option in the widget where you can choose to auto expand the current month or not.

1.0.5

  • Use transient for database query that fetches all the months.

1.0.4

  • Added xhrFields: { withCredentials: true } to ajax call.

1.0.3

  • Changed the month URLs to use get_month_link() instead of building them manually.
  • Tested the plugin with WordPress 4.4 beta.

1.0.2

  • Tested with WordPress version 4.3.

1.0.1

  • Month names are now displayed using date_i18n() instead of date() so they will translate.

1.0.0

  • Initial release.