LH Archived Post Status


This plugin allows you to archive your WordPress content similar to the way you archive your e-mail. Unlike other archiving solutions though this actually does it all and does it properly

  • Makes a new post status available in the drop down called Archived
  • Hides or removes your content without having to trash the content
  • Content can either be hidden entirely from public view or simply from the main loop and feed and pages, with other solutions you can only hide it from public view.
  • Allows you to add a label to the title of those posts/pages etc that are archived
  • Allows you to add a message to the top of the post/page etc that the content is no longer up too date
  • Allows you to set an archiving date after which content is automatically changed to having an archived status
  • Compatible with posts, pages and custom post types

This plugin is ideal for sites where certain kinds of content is not meant to be evergreen

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  1. Upload the entire lh-archived-post-status folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Active o plugin através do menu ‘Plugins’ no WordPress.
  3. Navigate to Settings->Reading and set the visibility and archiving message

Perguntas frequentes

Isn’t this the same as using the Draft or Private statuses?

Actually, no, they are not the same thing.

The Draft status is a “pre-published” status that is reserved for content that is still being worked on. You can still make changes to content marked as Draft, and you can preview your changes.

The Private status is a special kind of published status. It means the content is only available to certain logged in users.

The Archived post status, on the other hand, is meant to be a “post-published” status. Once a post has been set to Archived the content is either hidden entirely from non logged in viewers or removed from the front page and feed (but still available on singular pages). This behaviour is controlled in the settings screen.

Doesn’t this do the same thing as the other archiving plugin in the repository?

Actually it does more! Unlike the other plugin content archived with this plugin can still be available to non logged in visitors (depends on plugin settings) and just removed from the front page and xml feeds (with a custom message can also be added to flag to visitors that the content is no longer up too date). Alternately it can be hidden entirely (to non logged in viewers).

Can’t I just trash old content I don’t want anymore?

Yes, there is nothing wrong with trashing old content. However it will be hidden from non logged in viewers.

However, WordPress automatically purges trashed posts every 7 days (by default), so it will be gone.

This is what makes the Archived post status handy. You can unpublish content without having to delete it forever.

How can I view a listing of my archived content on its own archive pagelisting all archived posts, pages etc?

This not not part of my plugin per se but it is easily done.

The easiest way would be to install a plugin that allows you to query by post_status eg: https://wordpress.org/plugins/display-posts-shortcode/

and input the shortcode with the post_status of archive:, eg [display-posts post_status=”archive”]

If you want to customise the display that shortcode has plenty of arguments. There are also other shortcodes tha can do this (just search the repository).

My archived posts have disappeared when I deactivate the plugin, why is this?

The reason is that wordpress no longer recognises them, but they are still in the database. If you no longer need the plugin, just reactivate it, switch all the archived posts/pages/cpts to a native post status and THEN deactivate the plugin.

What if something does not work?

LH Archived Post Status, and all https://lhero.org plugins are made to WordPress standards. Therefore they should work with all well coded plugins and themes. However not all plugins and themes are well coded (and this includes many popular ones).

If something does not work properly, firstly deactivate ALL other plugins and switch to one of the themes that come with core, e.g. twentyfifeen, twentysixteen etc.

If the problem persists please leave a post in the support forum: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/lh-archived-post-status/. I look there regularly and resolve most queries.

What if I need a feature that is not in the plugin?

Please contact me for custom work and enhancements here: https://shawfactor.com/contact/

What if this plugin does not work with XXX plugin?

The issue is likely is likely with the other plugin, all my lugins follw standards but may do not. Feel free to add a support issue and if I identify a bug I will fix it. But if its not a bug and you need my plugin to be compatible with another then contact outside teh forum for an enahncement.

Is there a template function to including archiving functionality appropriately on the front end?

Yes the plugin defines the function archive_post_link which acts almost identically to the wordpress native function edit_post_link. That is clicking it will archive the relevant post is the current user has the edit_post capability. You can add it to you theme.


23 Abril, 2024
I rarely leave any reviews anywhere, but felt obligated to actually register here to leave my review for this plugin – especially since there’s, in my experience, unnecessary negative reviews. I haven’t had single issue with this plugin and I’ve been using it already years. It gives highly needed option to remove the posts from the main loops (from category listings, posts feeds etc) but still keep the pages indexed. From SEO perspective this can sometimes be essential feature since your old posts might not be relevant anymore and you don’t want to push your “juice” (nor the actual users) to these articles, but deleting bunch of content might affect your SEO efforts negatively. Some might argue that in these cases you should just delete the posts which are not relevant anymore, but it’s not always that simple and you never know what Google might consider as relevant or helfpul. Without this plugin there’s zero options to handle these cases so much thanks to the author! P.S. One additional feature request would be to have an option to hide these from admin side as well
2 Outubro, 2023 4 replies
Newly installed Plugin Does not work and no updates in 11m 🙁
15 Julho, 2023 6 replies
When Automattic developed WordPress, it had a crazy notion of what an ‘archive’ is. 20+ years later, we’re stuck to the same definition: WP considers that an ‘archive’ is really just a list of past articles, neatly ordered by month/year. But that’s not the case. A real Archive is a place where you can store posts that are not relevant any longer — thus keeping them away from the Loop — but without deleting them, because, naturally enough, the whole point of having an Archive is to allow search engines and backlinks to ‘old’ articles to still work correctly. This is the whole point of this simple plugin: to allow to add a new status to every post/page, classifying it as having been archived. This means that the post/page will not require any changes: it doesn’t need to be deleted, change its category, add any tags, or simply set to Draft (so that it doesn’t appear). Instead, posts and pages stay exactly as they were before — just with a new status (beyond the classic ones, i.e., published, private, draft). Because this status is an addition, this means that all well-behaved plugins and themes will not recognise it as a valid status (i.e. when checking if a post is published, the theme/plugin will not find the archived posts), and so they effectively ‘disappear’ from the visibility status of most 3rd party code. That’s exactly what we expect to happen with an ‘archived’ post. And that’s precisely what this plugin does, and does quite well; as such, it comes as highly recommended by many reviewers, and ranks high on their lists of ‘best’ plugins for a specific purpose. The plugin itself is well-written, strictly follows all coding guidelines as set by Automattic and the developer community, regularly maintained, and has very reasonable support on the forums: issues are opened, followed up by the author, and closed when resolved or when threads become stale due to lack of activity. Documentation is minimal, because the plugin is so simple to activate and use (and not because anything is missing). Sadly, at the time of writing this (July 2023), this plugin suffers from a dependency of a third-party library which, unfortunately, breaks the posting workflow, introducing a new way of saving new posts which is not only counter-intuitive, but lacks essential functionality. Work is under progress to restore the normal functionality of the posting workflow, but, until that happens (which is beyond the plugin author’s control), it means that you very likely won’t wish to use this plugin on any WordPress site that is used by more than one author. I will certainly review my classification in the future, once this major issue gets resolved, and LH Archived Post Status works again, flawlessly integrated into the WordPress posting workflow, as it did in pre-Gutenberg days.
28 Março, 2023 2 replies
This plugin adds an essential function to our Wordpress site. In particular we use it to archive posts and recall them thanks to the “Archived” status in a custom loop query.After trying a few, we chose this one for its completeness and simplicity, but also because it doesn’t add unnecessary graphical mods to our backend interface, which often happens with some major plugins.Thanks shawfactor for the great job and the ready support service!
1 Janeiro, 2023 8 replies
I just wish it had bulk archiving to make my work easier. Does it?
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Registo de alterações

0.01 February 12, 2015
* Initial release

0.02 February 17, 2015
* Added public/private option

1.00 March 26, 2015
* Added icons

1.1 April 24, 2015
* Added nonces

1.2 June 15, 2015
* Added settings

1.30 July 17, 2015
* Code improvements

1.31 August 17, 2015
* Minor code improvements

1.40 March 10, 2016
* Simpler codebase

2.00 October 20, 2016
* Handle post expiry

2.10 November 05, 2016
* Handle bulk actions

2.11 November 11, 2016
* Wp editor for archive message

2.12 November 21, 2016
* Added check for empty option

2.13 December 27, 2016
* Added fix for php warnings

2.14 January 04, 2017
* Better documentation

2.15 January 27, 2017
* Sticky post bug fix

2.16 July 25, 2017
* Don’t use on attachments

2.17 October 04, 2017
* Various improvements

2.18 October 08, 2017
* Bug Fix

2.19 October 10, 2017
* Changed uninstall method to static

2.20 November 27, 2017
* Added message filter and disquss fix

2.30 April 25, 2018
* WP status library

3.00 May 01, 2022
* Repository release and code cleanup, any breaking changes let me know in the furms and I will address immediately

3.01 May 14, 2022
* Minor change for Advanced Ads compatibility

3.02 May 18, 2022
* Take 2 at working with plugins that do funky things to metaboxes

3.03 May 31, 2022
* Better translations support and updated library

3.04 July 30, 2022
* Moved library to latest

3.05 August 01, 2022
* Removed useless code

3.06 November 06, 2022
* Removed useless codeBasic wp super cache functionality

3.10 October 10, 2023
* bumped to latest wp-statuses library, fixed archive link, and defined a template tag for use in the front end