When you use the [smarter-archives] shortcode anywhere in a post or a page, it gets replaced by a listing of every year since you started posting, with a list of links to each month for that year. However, the plugin is smart enough to know if you didn’t create any content in any given month, and doesn’t make a link for that month. See the Screenshots section for an example of it in action. See the Usage section for a complete list of the arguments the shortcode takes, and how you can use them to customize your archives listing. The month names are internationalized with the WordPress translation API. A POT file is included, and if you want to translate please feel free to do so and submit a new pull request on GitHub. If you do not know how to use GitHub, you can also contact me directly. Here are the translations that have been done so far: Dutch (nl_NL) French (fr_FR) German (de_DE) Italian (it_IT) Spanish (es_ES) Russian (ru_RU) The original concept for this plugin comes from the Smart Archives plugin by Justin Blanton. Usage The [smarter-archives] shortcode takes these arguments (default values included): mode (default: output) — if it’s set to output, the plugin prints the listing. Set it to false to return the value wrapper_class (default: smart-archives) — class given to the tag wrapped around the listing (<div> by default) wrapper_tag (default: div) — tag wrapped around the listing year_link_class (default: year-link) — class given to each year links year_tag (default: p) — tag around each year group year_class (default: none) — class for the tag around each year group after_year (default: :) — value after the year and before the list of months month_link_class (default: month-link) — class given to each month link month_tag (default: span) — tag around each month after_month (default: ) — spacer between months empty_month_class (default: empty-month) — class applied to empty months (can use this to gray them out) order (default: DESC) — order the years are shown in (ASC for ascending, DESC for descending) Advanced Usage There is a function, get_smarter_archives(), that returns the raw array with the years, months, and post counts. You can use this for ultimate customization. Example Usage [smarter-archives order="DESC" after_month="•"]<h3>License</h3> This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA. A full version of the license is included with the plugin in license.txt.