I am using the twenty eleven theme in my wordpress site.

In posts, I have two categories. One is blogs and other is News.

The monthly archive displays the posts of all categories while I want that the monthly archive should only display the posts of blogs category.

How will I do this?

I have also installed the wp_pagenavi plugin for the pagination.

1 Answer 1


There are two ways of doing it:

You can use a filter to alter the query when viewing an archive page. You will need to find the ID of your category 'blogs' (you can obtain it from the slug using get_term_by). Alternatively you can exclude a particular category by ID.

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'my_change_query'); 
    function my_change_query($query){
           $blog_term = get_term_by('slug', 'blogs', 'category');
           $blog_term_id = $blog_term->term_id;
           $query->set('cat', $blog_term_id);//Include category with ID $blog_term_id
           //$query->set('cat','-'.$blog_term_id);//Exclude category with ID  $blog_term_id
     return $query

or, more commonly, you can alter the archive.php template file and insert the following just above the if(have_posts()).

global $wp_query;
$args = array_merge( $wp_query->query, array( 'category_name' => 'blogs' ) );
query_posts( $args );

See the Codex on query_posts and WP_Query.

  • I used the the 2nd solution and it worked. Thanks
    – Ahmad
    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:55

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