WordPress Tutorial: Thumbnail Archives

So a lot of folks blog these days. It’s no secret that WordPress is a powerful platform for building websites, especially blogs (duh!) Even though I went to college to get a degree in Graphic Design, surprisingly we only spent one semester learning Dreamweaver for the “web” portion of our program. I look back and think how strange that is, given that I started school in 2004 and the internet was already an established medium for designers. It wasn’t until after I graduated and accepted a job in print pre-production that I ironically got into websites. My boss had me invest all my free time in learning html and php via books and the universal teacher, Google. Anyway, this is a roundabout way of saying I have some self-taught experience in websites, and I think it would be fun and useful to post tutorials on how I use that on my blog. So for my inaugural post, I’ll cover my favorite feature, thumbnail archives!
So by default, when you choose to display your category archives, they’re in a list form of posts. That’s not very helpful for quickly navigating through old posts. Even if you just have a list, it helps to be able to see pictures of what you’re looking for. It also boosts traffic on your site, since visitors are more likely to click on several older posts and navigate through your site. You don’t even have to be fluent in code to do it.

Step 1: Download your plugins
From your dashboard, go to Plugins -> Add New -> Search and enter the phrase: Image Archives. It should be the first one to popup, and starts with “sorry for my bad English”. Don’t be scared, non-Americans are great coders too! This fella is pretty awesome. Anyway, choose to download and install this plugin.

Step 2: Activate your plugin

From the same plugins menu, choose to activate Image Archives. Now, click on “Edit” Now things are going to get a little tricky.

Step 3: Edit the plugin

Starting from the top, scroll down to the first place you see “// shortcode function”.

4 thoughts on “WordPress Tutorial: Thumbnail Archives

  1. Killer b, thanks for this very helpful tutorial. I transitioned my photoblog from Pixelpost over to WordPress, and couldn’t believe how little information there was on how to enable this type of functionality in WP. Your article cleared it up completely. Thanks again.

  2. This is awesome I’ve been looking for a thumbnail index plugin that matches my categories for sometime now. It was clear and precise, just one thing there were so many } brackets (Adding an individual category), I guessed that it was the one after
    “return $this->ia_core();

    }”

    which luckily it was! Thank you so much for the help!

    And voil

    1. Your page looks awesome! Very clean and chic. Thanks for the help defining the bracket placement. I’m not really a “techie” so I’m not the greatest at explaining my methods. Which are more “try this and see if it works!” than actual methods!

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