Put the Categories, Archives and All Posts into Pages

I prefer putting pages that contains all the categories, archives and even all the posts in one page to putting these links in the side bar. Actually, most of time it needn’t to stay on every pages. And if it is in the side bar, the search engine will see these links in every page and think it is very important while it is not so important. So the better way is put them in one or several pages.

But unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to put several pages and put some part like the widget into it. So I write some php script that will call WordPress’s API to put them input pages.

The page template is like this. This template enable the theme and load the common files that contains WordPress’s API functions. Then it generate the header, sidebar and the footer. What we need to do is add the content to replace “TODO: content here” now.

<?php
/**
* Loads the WordPress environment and template.
*/
define('WP_USE_THEMES', true);
if ( !isset($wp_did_header) ) {
  $wp_did_header = true;
  require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . '/../wp-load.php' );
}
?>

<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="container">
  TODO: Content here.
</div>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

1. Categories

The code for categories is:

<div>
<h1><?php _e('Categories', 'default'); ?></h1>
<div>
<ul>
  <?php wp_list_categories('title_li=&show_count=1'); ?>
</ul>
</div>
</div>

wp_list_categories() can list all the categories as a list. “show_count=1” means the post number under each category will be shown after the category.

2. Archives

The code is:

<div>
<h1><?php _e('Archives by Month', 'default'); ?></h1>
<div>
<ul>
  <?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly&show_post_count=1'); ?>
</ul>
</div>
</div>

wp_get_archives() will show the archives. the type can be changed to weekly, daily to show archives by week or day.

3. All posts

The code:

<div>
<h1><?php _e('All posts', 'default'); ?></h1>
<div>
<ul>
<?php
  //The Query
  query_posts('posts_per_page=1000');
  //The Loop
  if ( have_posts() )
  {
    while ( have_posts() )
    {
      the_post();
?>
<li>
<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"
title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>">
<?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
<?php
_e('</li>');
    }
  }
  //Reset Query
  wp_reset_query();
?>
</ul>
</div>
</div>

At most 1000 posts’ titles will be listed.

Put these php files into the site, edit the theme files and then enjoy it! :)

Eric Zhiqiang Ma

Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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