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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,

For “the Archive”,

Why

Providing access to archives helps people browse your past content.

How to

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.

IndieWeb Examples

Tantek

Tantek Çelik uses Falcon to serve composite archive pages (unlinked) on tantek.com for each day since 2010, e.g.:

And before that, all his blog posts were written and served directly from archive pages by Gregorian month, from 2002-08-08 to 2008-08-08

Ryan Barrett

Ryan Barrett uses WordPress to serve an archive index and archives on snarfed.org for posts since 2003-06-29:

Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki uses p3k to serve composite archive pages on aaronparecki.com since 2014-10-05, e.g.:

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.

aaronparecki-month-archive.png

cweiske

Christian Weiske has an archive subdomain with a couple of hand-picked pages that disappeared - http://archive.cweiske.de/

gRegor Morrill

gRegor Morrill has an archive page at http://gregorlove.com/archives/ since 2011-02-14 [1]. It is inspired by Tumblr's archive page.

gregorlove-archives.png

Shane Becker

Shane Becker uses Dark Matter to serve composite and post type specific archive pages (unlinked) on http://veganstraightedge.com (with pagination) since 2014-10-07, e.g.:

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts uses Postly to serve composite archives in either monthly (linked - /YYYY/MM) or daily (unlinked - /YYYY/MM/DD) format since 2014-10-07.

Rachel Andrew

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.

rachelandrew.co.uk-archive.png

Jonathan LaCour

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:

cleverdevil-archive-page.png

Eddie Hinkle

Eddie Hinkle has several different types of archive pages.

  • Eddie has an article archive page since 11/02/2018. It groups articles by month and year, displaying the article titles and the day they were posted.

eddiehinkle archive page.png

  • Eddie has daily archive pages that attempts to group similar information into common categories and display data appropriately for it's purpose. (Watch, Listen and Photo posts just display images that link back to their original post, Ate and Drank posts get gathered together into meals, etc).
  • monthly archive pages are currently just a stream of posts that looks just like a channel or tag page, but it shows posts that happened in that month. I would like to expand this to be more like the daily archive pages.

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