There are four types of post archive in WordPress:
- post type
Date-based archives are self-explanatory, but for other types of archives, you may want to add a written headline and/or introduction, like in the example below.
Archive headlines and introductory text are one of the great features of Genesis. They are supported for taxonomy (category and tag) archives, author archives and post type archives.
Category, Tag and Taxonomy Archives
Every category, every tag and every term in any custom taxonomy you may have supports an archive. To set the headline and intro text, go to Posts > Categories or Posts > Tags, find the relevant one and click Edit.
Then, you’ll find the boxes for the archive headline and intro text.
Note that the intro text is not the same as the term description. Some other themes display the term description at the top of archives in the same way, but Genesis allows you the flexibility to set archive intro text that may be different from the term description.
Every user installed on your WordPress site automatically gets an archive, and can have a unique archive headline and intro text. Only those users who have authored posts, however, will have their archives accessible to the public.
You can edit your own user profile, or if you have administrator access, you can go to Users and edit any user profile installed.
Note that the intro text is not the same as the biographical info. Some other themes might display the user’s biographical info at the top of their archive in the same way, but Genesis allows you the flexibility to set archive intro text that may be different from your biographical info.
Note that there is also an option to enable the author box on the user’s archives. The author box is similar to, but not the same as, the archive headline and intro text. The author box always contains the author’s name, biographical info and gravatar and can not be directly customized. Another difference is that the author box only appears on the first page of a paginated archive, unlike the archive heading and intro text that appear on all pages of the archive.
You might want to use the author box as an alternative to the archive headline and intro text, but it’s unlikely you’ll want to display both.
Post Type Archives
Archive headlines and intro text for post type archives only apply to:
- custom post types, not built-in ones such as Post and Page
- only if they support archives
- only if they support Genesis archives settings.
If those three conditions are met, you should be able to access Archive Settings under your custom post type in the admin menu. Then, you can enter the archive headline and intro text in the same way as for other archives.
Since Genesis 2.2.0, date archives automatically include an archive headline, e.g. Archives for September 2015. It is not currently editable.
Blog Page and Posts Page
Since Genesis 2.2.0, the Posts Page and any page using the Blog template include the Page title as the archive headline, but only if the child theme supports accessible headings. It is not currently editable.
Relevant tutorials from the Genesis community.