Snazzy Archives – WordPress Archive Plugin

Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. Your archive page will never be boring again!

Snazzy archives simply lets you express yourself and your blog. You can select different layouts and special effects, Snazzy archives will make sure your content stands out.

Snazzy Archives in action

Main features

  • Unique visual presentation of blog posts
  • Will work out of the box with all features
  • Posts are scanned for images and youtube videos and shown together with number of comments
  • Different editable layouts (HTML and CSS)
  • Special effects using jQuery
  • Caching available for faster access



dl Live Blogroll

Installation & Usage

  1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
  3. Use the Options page to change your options
  4. Use the code [snazzy-archive] (without one space) in a post or page where you want to display the archive

You may want to edit the CSS file immediately to adjust the look for your blog. Please read the FAQ for explanation how.

Frequently Asked Questions

Supprt questions can be asked in the plugin support forum.

This looks like Tumblr!

The idea comes actually from this page and people from a popular microblogging platform Tumblr have used it on their blogs as well. I have taken the idea further, creating a plugin that is differnt in many ways.

How can I change default size of archive?

Open style-archive.css for editing. This isĀ  the main file for styling information. First element .snazzy describes the main container.

Height attribute is the height of archive, remove the line if you want full height. Same applies to width. If the archive can not fit in the container, scrollbars will be shown like on the picture.

Also you can enable special effect 1 in your plugin options, this will create a so called carousel effect that will further save space.

How do I change the height and width of the posts and pictures?

Just edit the width of .sz_cont element and height of .sz_img element and notice the change immediately.

How can I show archives full screen like you do?

FirstĀ  create a new empty template file, for example snazzy.php, Then just include header and Snazzy archive call, not the sidebar.Then upload snazzy.php to your theme folder and create a new page on your blog using this template (write page and select this template instead of the default; the option for template is found below the post).

Here is how can one such file look like:

Template Name: Snazzy Archives


<?php get_header(); ?>

<p align="center">
<?php if (isset($SnazzyArchives)) echo $SnazzyArchives->display(); ?>

<?php get_footer(); ?>

How do I edit and add layouts?

Layouts are stored in files snazzy-layout-1.php, snazzy-layout-2.php and so on.. Edit these fles or make your own using the available variables

  • $first_for_day - is the comment first for given day, used usually for additional clearance
  • $title - post title
  • $excerpt - post excerpt
  • $comcount - number of comments
  • $imageurl - url of the post image
  • $youtubeurl - url of the video (without http://)
  • $day, $month, $year - date of post

How do I set carousel options?

Options for carousel (special effect #1) can be found in snazzy-archives.js.php file. You can set how many elements are visible at once (variable visible) and if you change width of the items in your CSS file, do not forget to change it here as well - option def_width (add 16px for default padding).

How can I contribute?

You can create your own custom layouts and special effects! Send them to me for inclusion in future versions. Also you can send your feedback, bug reports and suggestions.

Change log

- Added caching
- Added option to load images
- Added option to specify page id, so the scripts load only that page

v0.6 - Added options to show years in rows and months in reverse order (thanks Jorge Sierra!)
v0.5 - IE fix and xHTML compliance
v0.4 - bug fix release. changed the code to [snazzy-archive]
v0.1 - First release

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  1. Mar 2nd, 2009 6:37 PM

    A great and unique plugin. Just what i was looking for, something to spice up my archive page. Thanks man.

  2. Feb 23rd, 2009 2:06 PM

    This plugin is fantastic !

    However, I wonder if there would be a way to improve the "Display Years in rows" option, by allowing to get a row from December to July, then a second row from June to January.
    In many case, I think this could avoid having to scroll left and right.

  3. Feb 21st, 2009 11:07 AM

    Odlican plugin! Pozdrav

  4. Sam
    Feb 13th, 2009 5:34 PM


    Is there a way to exclude categories? I've tried using "if (in_category('5')) continue; " but it doesn't seem to work. Any Ideas?

  5. Feb 13th, 2009 11:27 AM

    great! it works perfectly now!

    I'm pretty fine now..but just to annoy you a bit more.. :P
    what if I'd like to show "toggle" links on top? still using carousel..but I did not find any option the enable them or not.

    just curious.. ;)

    thank u so much for your great job..I think I'm going to donate!

  6. Feb 13th, 2009 12:16 AM

    You have to edit .js file as well, for carousel width change to take place.

  7. Feb 12th, 2009 6:39 PM

    All this is stuff is outstanding man...

    But I have a strange problem of width using carousel effect.
    the sz_carousel div keep the width fixed to something link 464px (don't know where it takes it)..but adding a different width on the .css file it does not change.

    (not using any effect it perfectly fit to my page width..around 850px)

    what's wrong?! thx


  8. Feb 12th, 2009 4:24 AM

    My good sir, this kicks ass. :)

  9. Feb 11th, 2009 5:59 AM

    help. when i test this plugin on localhost it worked well,but when i uploaded it and installed on the website,it didn't work well for me,
    this is the page i place [snazzy-archive]:thanks for help

  10. Feb 9th, 2009 11:37 AM

    Thanks for the tip!

  11. PR
    Feb 9th, 2009 9:14 AM

    Discovered a typo on line 22 of the style sheet when I validated my site's CSS:

    .sz_page Property bacground-color doesn't exist : #ffffef

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