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Archives Widget

The Archives Widget organizes your previously published posts by month. This can be handy for readers who want to browse your older content.


Themes that support the Site Editor do not use widgets, so you won’t see Appearance → Widgets in your dashboard. Instead, you can edit all of your site in one place at Appearance → Editor. Click here to learn how to use the Site Editor.

Add Archives Widget

To add the widget to your site:

  1. In your dashboard, click on Appearance → Widgets.
  2. Choose the location where you’d like to place the widget on your site. Standard options include the Footer and Sidebar, but this may differ depending on your theme.
  3. Click either of the + block inserter buttons (see right) to see a list of all the available blocks and widgets.
  4. Scroll down to the Widgets section and click on the widget once to add it to your site.

For more general information, see this guide on working with widgets.

The Widgets Editor with highlights on the + Block Inserter at the top of the page and in a widget area.
Block inserter buttons

Configure Archives Widget

To access the widget settings:

In Appearance → Customizer: click on the widget once and a toolbar of options will appear. Click the ellipses (three dots) and then select Show More Settings.

In Appearance → Widgets: click the Settings icon in the top right of the Widget Editor, and click settings in the Block Settings sidebar.

Display as a dropdown Check this box to display the months on a single line, as a drop-down menu, rather than as a list. This is handy if you want to save space or have a lot of blog posts.

Show post counts – If this box is checked, the total number of posts published during that month will be displayed next to the link.

Example of Archives as a drop-down
Example of Show Posts Counts turned on

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