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?



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

2 Answers 2


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


  3. 'string'

    The archive url is explicitly set to the slug you provided


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
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 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
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 3:26

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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