Does Your Blog Has An Archive Page 2022?

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The internet is a big and confusing place. The amount of information on the web can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to get lost in all the noise.

This is why we’re here: to help you find your way around the blogosphere, so you can spend less time searching for interesting posts and more time reading them.

We’ll show you how to build an archive page that will make your blog easier to navigate, while also saving space on your browser bookmarks bar by consolidating links into one single page.

Plus, this strategy gives readers a good idea of what they should expect from your site- if they know which topics are most popular with other visitors before clicking through for themselves! 

I know that some bloggers like to show off their blog archives with a lot of pictures and links, while others prefer to hide them away or not have an archive at all. I’m here today to tell you why it’s worth investing in an archive page for your blog. 

1) You can connect readers back to the posts they loved the most so they won’t forget about them! 

2) It’s nice when people find something on your site that has nothing but really great content.

They’ll be more likely to come back if there are no dead links or empty pages!

3) You can let visitors know what type of content is available so they don’t get frustrated looking through all of your posts.

What is an Archive Page?

The Archive Page is a page where you can access files stored on File stack’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). It  is just one of the many things that makes up our service.

A typical CDN, like Akamai or Cloud flare, will host static versions of your website–but it does not have this nifty sidebar.

I’m sure this picture is not representative of what you are seeing on our website, but it gives you a rough idea of how an archive page works.  When you make a request for an image or file stored in our CDN, we will respond with either the original version if it has been requested before or a cached version.

The file is cached on our edge nodes which are distributed all over the world.  These edge nodes act as your local CDN, so you don’t have to go back to File stack in order to get that image or video.

Adding new files or updating them does not require any changes to your website code, and will be pushed out to your users in less than one minute (the time it takes for the cache to expire).

If you delete a file or update it, we will make sure that all of the cached versions are deleted as well.  Files with different names will not be cached.

That’s pretty much it! It’s just another way to use File stack to deliver your content faster.

Importance of an Archive Page-

One of the greatest pleasures in life is finding a lovely website to view pictures, read articles, and watch movies. Whether you enjoy frequenting sites like YouTube, DeviantArt, LiveJournal or Tumblr, what’s the first thing you do when clicking on a new link?

Check out their “About” page right? Just who founded this site and why?

But once you’re done looking up the owners and admins, what do you do next? Most likely, you’ll read the “About” page as well as any other pages on that site. You’d be surprised how many people just head straight to the content without ever glancing at those first.

If you’ve been exploring for a while, then you should have already noticed that each site has a small menu on the left side of the page. This is called an “Archive”.

It’s purpose is to store all of the previously released content for your browsing convenience. And because it’s so handy, many people tend to forget about this section altogether!

So next time you visit a new site, don’t forget to click on that left menu and see what its “archive” has stored for you. You might find yourself spending hours falling down the rabbit hole like I do.

  • As an archive page consists of all your previous posts, it becomes easier for your readers to explore all your articles in a single page.
  • If you’ve a number of articles then you can keep your visitors on your blog for hours, just with the help of a single Archive page.
  • I’ve seen many bloggers who do not pay any attention to archive pages, but I recommend you to have an archive page so as to decrease the bounce rate.

Steps to Create an Archive Page-

In this tutorial, we will create an archive page that shows a number of blog posts. The final result should look like the screenshot below:

1.) Create a new document and save it as “archive.html” or something of your choice. Make sure that it is saved in the root directory (next to index.html). This file will contain the HTML of our archive page.

2.) Now, copy and paste the following into your index file:

This will create a basic website skeleton that includes a header, navigation bar and some filler text. We will remove this filler text later on.

3.) Save your index file and open up your new archive document in a web browser. This should look the same as your index file, but without any filler text.

4.) Remove all of the filler text from your archive page.

Now, we will insert our first blog post into the website. Blog posts are inserted using HTML “article” tags. The published date of a blog post is displayed by adding an “updated” tag. The code for this looks like this:

To make the code easier to read, the “updated” tag should be placed after the “published date”, but before any other content (in most cases). This is because when you update a blog post, you usually don’t change it’s title or anything else, just add new content.

The final code for our first blog post should look like this:

For the sake of convenience, you can copy all of this code into your archive.html document using Notepad or another text editor. It will not change the layout of your website because it is between two “article” tags.

Keep in mind that if one of these lines is accidentally placed outside of the article tags, it will appear on your website as regular text.

5.) Now that we have inserted our first blog post into the archive page, let’s find out how to insert posts two through ten. Entering all ten posts manually would be a lot of work and produce very repetitive code. Fortunately, HTML allows for loops which can be used to repeat the same process ten times with only one line of code.

 

Pros & Cons 

Pros

1) Gives the reader a sense of closure.

2) Encourages the reader to return to your site for more information.

3) Easier to use if you have many pages on your site.

4) Visitors may get frustrated by leaving too many open windows on your site.

5) Allows you to provide a simple link that takes them back to the page they left from or were viewing before going to your site.

6) Links may be visible on all pages of your site.

Cons 

1) It does not give people an accurate sense about what kind of site they are

visiting. People may get the wrong idea about your site if they choose to view an archived page instead of viewing your main index page.

2) It does not give people the option of choosing what pages on your site that they want to view first.

3)If you have many pages, it can be difficult to navigate through the archived pages.

4) For a search engine, Google for example, it can be very confusing because there are so many links and index pages that they may have a difficult time ranking your site correctly.

5) It does not allow the reader to use the back page button once they are on an archived page.

6) People may think your site is cluttered and confusing if you have so many indexes, links, and archived pages. Your main index page probably looks just as good as the archived pages on your site.

Why is it Important to Have an Archive Page?

An article today on TechCrunch suggests that the focus of Facebook is shifting to user messaging.  The TechCrunch article directly states “the social network will become mainly a communications utility” and goes on to use statements like “most people spend nearly all their time in apps other than Facebook itself these days.”

I think this is highly likely, for a number of reasons.

First, Facebook is a business, and businesses are driven by the need to make money.  To do this they create services that are felt necessary or are pleasurable enough to use that people will allow advertisements into their lives in exchange for using the service. 

On the earliest versions of Facebook, there were no ads at all, but the fact that it was really useful for keeping up with people at college meant that people were happy to accept having ads pop up in their newsfeeds.

Second, Facebook is in a market where there are network effects.  The more people who use Facebook, the more useful it becomes to other users – if you’re on a university campus where nobody you know is on Facebook, it’s not very useful to you. 

But as more people got on the service, those first users began to get a better experience by being able to connect with a larger number of people. 

This means that even if everyone decided they’d rather use some other social network – whether it be Ello or Google+ – Facebook still has an incredible lock-in. 

People have a huge amount of content and connections within the service, so it would take a very major shift in thinking for them to leave en masse.

For all these reasons I think Facebook is focusing on being primarily a messaging platform, with access to that platform being a privilege for being a user of the Facebook service. 

And if it comes to this, I think there are two ways Archives can help – firstly, by providing an independent space for people’s posts and media, and secondly by providing a search engine for past content on Facebook which is even better than Facebook’s own service.

In order to achieve these goals, the Archive needs to have a presence on the web, and it needs to be comprehensive.

I understand that resources are not infinite, but if Facebook becomes a walled garden then these resources will become hugely important for those who wish to preserve content that has value outside of Facebook’s walled garden.  

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Conclusion- Does Your Blog Has An Archive Page 2022?

The archive page is a great way to get your viewers more acquainted with the content you publish on your blog. It can serve as an educational tool for new readers and give them context about what they’ve just read, while also giving long-time visitors access to older posts that may be relevant or interesting.

There are many benefits to having an archive page on your blog, including increased search engine optimization and better user experience.

If you need some help figuring out how to make this happen, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance! Our team of experts can provide guidance with all aspects of digital marketing strategy development.

Jitendra Vaswani

Jitendra Vaswani is the founder of SchemaNinja WordPress Plugin, prior to SchemaNinja he is the founder of big internet marketing blog BloggersIdeas.com & Digital Marketing Agency DigiExe. During his more than 6+yrs long expertise in Digital Marketing, Jitendra has been a marketing consultant, trainer, speaker and author of “Inside A Hustler’s Brain : In Pursuit of Financial Freedom” which has sold over 20,000 copies, worldwide. He has trained 3000+ digital marketing professionals till date and has been conducting Digital marketing workshops across the globe from 5+ yrs. His ultimate goal is to help people build businesses through digitization make them realize that dreams do come true if you stay driven. Check out his newly acquired websites WPCrew, Crazythemes, and DesignSkew

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