I have a custom post type "news" in my Wordpress site. I am using Advanced Custom Fields plugin to add meta data to each post.

I want to create an array of news items as an archive:

    [January] => 5
    [January] => 20
    [February] => 10
    [April] => 30

I managed to get this working using:

    global $wpdb;
    $news = $wpdb->get_results(
        "SELECT wp_posts.post_date, COUNT(wp_posts.ID) as count
         FROM $wpdb->posts
         wp_posts.post_type = 'news' AND
         wp_posts.post_status = 'publish' AND
         wp_posts.post_date <= CURDATE() AND
         wp_posts.post_date >= DATE_SUB(CURDATE(), INTERVAL 3 YEAR)
         GROUP BY YEAR(wp_posts.post_date), MONTH(wp_posts.post_date)
         ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC", 

    $archive = array();
    foreach ($news as $post):
        $year = date('Y', strtotime($post['post_date']));      
        $month = date('m', strtotime($post['post_date']));     
        $month_name = date('F', strtotime($post['post_date']));
        $post['url'] = 'NOT SURE ABOUT URL';
        $archive[$year][$month_name] = $post;

I need to be able to link to specific years and months using http://example.com/news/2012/ and http://example.com/news/2012/10/.

I tried using the plugin Custom Post Type Archives but when I goto /news/2012/ I get the standard news listing with no filter applied.

Here is my Custom Post Type Code

    'label' => 'News',
    'description' => 'Latest News',
    'public' => true,
    'show_ui' => true,
    'show_in_menu' => true,
    'capability_type' => 'post',
    'hierarchical' => true,
    'rewrite' => array('slug' => '','with_front' => '1'),
    'query_var' => true,
    'has_archive' => true,
    'menu_position' => 120,
    'menu_icon' => /assets/img/icon-custom.png
  • 2
    I assume you're already using the built in Posts post type for something else? This is really what posts are set up for - monthly/yearly archives, and will "just work" without having to do anything further. If you want the same behavior for a custom post type, you will unfortunately have to generate your own rewrite rules, which is not so simple.
    – Milo
    Jan 30, 2013 at 16:59
  • Yes, posts is being used for blog posts currently. The news section is a custom post type. Do you have an example of the re-write rules I would need to use for year and month?
    – AltDan
    Jan 30, 2013 at 17:11

1 Answer 1


Here's an example using add_rewrite_rule to handle years and months for a custom post type where news is the slug. Visit the Settings > Permalinks page in admin to flush rewrite rules after this is added. You could also put this in a plugin and flush rewrite rules on plugin activation.

function wpa83797_news_rewrite_rules(){



add_action( 'init', 'wpa83797_news_rewrite_rules' );
  • Thanks @Milo, I've applied the rewrite rules for this but when I access http://mysite.com/news/2012/ i get redirected to http://mysite.com/news/. Can't figure out what the problem is. I should probably mention that I am using Roots WP framework also. I've had a look through but can't find anything that would be causing this.
    – AltDan
    Jan 30, 2013 at 17:38
  • Same happens when I goto: http://mysite.com/index.php?post_type=news&year=2012&monthnum=10
    – AltDan
    Jan 30, 2013 at 17:46
  • what does your post type registration code look like? try it in twentytwelve to determine if it's theme-related.
    – Milo
    Jan 30, 2013 at 17:52
  • It' seems the issue is to do with the roots_nice_search_redirect function in WP Roots. I will amend this function and post the result here. Thank You Milo, your htaccess rules were correct.
    – AltDan
    Jan 30, 2013 at 18:07

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