smart Archive Page Remove


This Plugin allows you to remove Archive Pages automatically generated by WordPress

See also Plugin Homepage and Plugin Doc

WordPress automatically generates several archives for your posts:

  • Author based
  • Category based
  • Tag based
  • Date based (daily, monthly and yearly)

Even if you do not want to use these Pages – e.g. you don’t want to have an author based archive page on a single author blog or you don’t want to have a daily archive because you don’t post several times a day – they exist and they can be accessed by their automated generated URL.

The smart Archive Page Remove Plugin adds an item ‘Archive Pages’ in the ‘Settings’ section of your WordPress Admin. Here you can select which Archive Pages you want to remove.

Removed Archive Pages are no longer accessible and cause a 404 page not found error. They can be restored anytime.


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Translation are highly appreciated. It would be great if you’d support this Plugin by adding a new translation or keeping an existing one up to date. If you’re new to GlotPress take a look at the Translator Handbook.

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  • Select Archive Pages you want to remove


From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins’ -> ‘Add New’
  2. Search for ‘smart Archive Page Remove’
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Manually from

  1. Download smart Archive Page Remove from and unzip the archive
  2. Upload the smart-archive-page-remove folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


What about SEO?

Requesting a removed archive page results in a 404 file not found error which lets a Search Engine know that the page does not exist and has to be removed from the search index.


Worked Great

This worked great. I would sugest an option to change the returned code. I would like to send a (420 Content Deleted) rather than a 404.

Just what I needed

I’ve been checking my traffic on Wordfence and noticed a lot of hits on author and category pages. I only use categories for my own organization of posts, so no one else needs to see them. Since I’m the only author, that page isn’t necessary either. This plugin made all of those pages disappear!

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Contributors & Developers

“smart Archive Page Remove” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“smart Archive Page Remove” has been translated into these 2 locales: German, English (UK). Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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1.2 (2016-09-07)

  • internal improvements and adaptations without functional changes

1.1 (2016-05-04)

  • some backend styling
  • translations moved to GlotPress
  • delete settings on uninstall
  • fixed issue – settings not saved the very first time

1.0 (2015-01-24)

  • Initial Release