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I noticed that WP 3.1 supposedly has 'new CMS capabilities like archive pages for custom content types', however, I can't see that implemented yet?

I've been using a plugin called 'Simple Custom Post Type Archives' to view custom posts at the url http://www.domainname.com/custom-post-type/, but wanted to use the in-built capability considering it is 'now possible'.

Has anyone else had the same issue?

Thanks

osu

PS. I'm using archive-custom_post_type_name.php to try and style my custom post type archive page

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Yes, you'll just need to set the has_archive parameter to true or your chosen slug when registering your custom post type.

So firstly add the has_archive parameter to your post type, here's an example...

add_action( 'init', 'question_10706_init' );

function question_10706_init() {

    register_post_type( 'example', array(
        'labels' => array(
            'name' => __('Examples'),
            'singular_name' => __('Example')
            ),
        'public' => true,
        'show_ui' => true,
        'rewrite' => array(
            'slug' => 'example',
            'with_front' => false
            ),
        //'has_archive' => true // Will use the post type slug, ie. example
        //'has_archive' => 'my-example-archive' // Explicitly setting the archive slug
    ) );

}

The has_archive parameter supports the following settings.

  1. false (default)

    No archive

  2. true

    The archive url is formulated from the post type slug

    www.example.com/example/

  3. 'string'

    The archive url is explicitly set to the slug you provided

    www.example.com/my-example-archive/

Once you've added the parameter visit the permalink page, this will cause a regeneration of the rewrite rules, accounting for the custom post type archive.

Lastly, create an archive-{$post_type}.php template to handle that archive (it could be a straight copy->paste of your existing archive, make adjustments as necessary).
Noting, that {$post_type} would of course represent the slug of your actual post type.

Sourced information:

Hope that helps. :)

  • Absolutely superb. Thanks so much, worked perfectly! – Osu Feb 28 '11 at 15:46
  • It would be useful if there was a nice way to create a menu item to this as well; I have to use an external link, the menu for which then doesn't get the appropriate classes when the menu item is selected. – El Yobo Aug 30 '11 at 3:26
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Yes, that is implemented in 3.1, you have to make sure that the arguments passed to register_post_type have the has_archive flag set to true. See the Codex page about it.

You might also need to visit your permalink settings page and resubmit them, that seems to help things often.

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