Beautifully formated archives by month separated by year

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will display a beautifully formated formatted archives list of months separated by year. Don’t forget to place the second snippet within your wordpress theme in the location you want to display the archives list.

 

function wp_custom_archive($args = '') {
global $wpdb, $wp_locale;
$defaults = array(
'limit' => '',
'format' => 'html', 'before' => '',
'after' => '', 'show_post_count' => false,
'echo' => 1
);
$r = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );
extract( $r, EXTR_SKIP );
if ( '' != $limit ) {
$limit = absint($limit);
$limit = ' LIMIT '.$limit;
}
// over-ride general date format ? 0 = no: use the date format set in Options, 1 = yes: over-ride
$archive_date_format_over_ride = 0;
// options for daily archive (only if you over-ride the general date format)
$archive_day_date_format = 'Y/m/d';
// options for weekly archive (only if you over-ride the general date format)
$archive_week_start_date_format = 'Y/m/d';
$archive_week_end_date_format   = 'Y/m/d';
if ( !$archive_date_format_over_ride ) {
$archive_day_date_format = get_option('date_format');
$archive_week_start_date_format = get_option('date_format');
$archive_week_end_date_format = get_option('date_format');
}
//filters
$where = apply_filters('customarchives_where', "WHERE post_type = 'post' AND post_status = 'publish'", $r );
$join = apply_filters('customarchives_join', "", $r);
$output = '<ul>';
$query = "SELECT YEAR(post_date) AS `year`, MONTH(post_date) AS `month`, count(ID) as posts FROM $wpdb->posts $join $where GROUP BY YEAR(post_date), MONTH(post_date) ORDER BY post_date DESC $limit";
$key = md5($query);
$cache = wp_cache_get( 'wp_custom_archive' , 'general');
if ( !isset( $cache[ $key ] ) ) {
$arcresults = $wpdb->get_results($query);
$cache[ $key ] = $arcresults;
wp_cache_set( 'wp_custom_archive', $cache, 'general' );
} else {
$arcresults = $cache[ $key ];
}
if ( $arcresults ) {
$afterafter = $after;
foreach ( (array) $arcresults as $arcresult ) {
$url = get_month_link( $arcresult->year, $arcresult->month );
/* translators: 1: month name, 2: 4-digit year */
$text = sprintf(__('%s'), $wp_locale->get_month($arcresult->month));
$year_text = sprintf('<li>%d</li>', $arcresult->year);
if ( $show_post_count )
$after = '&nbsp;('.$arcresult->posts.')' . $afterafter;
$output .= ( $arcresult->year != $temp_year ) ? $year_text : '';
$output .= get_archives_link($url, $text, $format, $before, $after);
$temp_year = $arcresult->year;
}
}
$output .= '</ul>';
if ( $echo )
echo $output;
else
return $output;
}

<?php
wp_custom_archive();
?>

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