archive in the context of the indieweb refers to date-grouped (often monthly) sets of posts (AKA personal historical archives, a common form of navigation), but can sometimes mean archival copy, a copy of a web page made (often by someone other than the author) at a particular point in time.
For an archive of an entire site,
- see site archive
For “the Archive”,
- see Internet Archive
Providing access to archives helps people browse your past content.
There are many approaches to providing archive navigation UI.
Typically people provide links to specific months and years, sometimes in a list of links, sometimes in a list of years that expend to months, and then only the month links actually navigate you to archives for those months.
- http://aaronparecki.com/2014/09/10 with pushup, reply, bicycle, note, event, bookmark, and sleep all on the same day
There is also a monthly view which renders a calendar month in a table, and includes icons for each post, as well as a list of all the hashtags and locations from that day.
- Tantek Çelik: beautiful design.
- http://veganstraightedge.com/2014/09/18 (all posts, notes and an article in this case, on this year/month/day)
- http://veganstraightedge.com/2014/09/18/page/3 (the third page of all posts on this year/month/day)
- http://veganstraightedge.com/videos/2013/05 (all videos from a year/month)
- http://veganstraightedge.com/notes/2014/10/06 (all notes from a year/month/day)
Rachel Andrew publishes an archive view with a few different tiers of visual hierarchy of past blog posts. At the top is a primary article with a background image and post name and subtitle. Next is 6 posts with colored backgrounds instead of photos, and one or two sentences in addition to the post name. Lastly are 8 more articles visually smaller and with shorter summaries.
Jonathan LaCour has an archive page at https://cleverdevil.io/archive since 3/6/2018. The archive page shows content grouped by year and month, with options to view content within a particular month, or on a specific day via a link. Each year is displayed as a horizontal timeline with a pleasing gradient: