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How to Hide or Disable Archives in WordPress?

Written by Akash Navi

WordPress an amazing content management system which is just 8+ MB in size when you download it from wordpress.org but this CMS is one of the best which is available online. I think this is the best Content management system for those people who want to create an website and maintain it without much technical knowledge. It’s that easy to use and when someone asks me which CMS should I use for my blog? I strongly recommend them to use WordPress.

Developers of WordPress have developed it very beautifully it organizes everything every good. Like say when you publish some posts on your blog, it automatically creates a page where the posts published by that particular author will be displayed. It creates date based archives as well in which posts published in that particular month will be displayed. And in this article of mine I will be telling you how you can hide or disable archives in WordPress.

Why should you hide or disable archives?

We all bloggers are happy when we get enough organic traffic from Google the biggest and most used search engine in the world. And to get traffic we have to rank higher there, to rank we have to maintain our blogs high in quality and avoid the things which Google doesn’t like. Duplicate content is one those things which Google does not like and this is the biggest reason I would like to give you to hide the archives in WordPress.

The archives which are automatically generated by WordPress are likely to be considered as Duplicate content so it’s better to disable them right? Share what you think about this by commenting below, I would love to hear from you.

Which archives can you hide or disable?

This may be the current question in your mind, which archives can you hide or disable in WordPress? So let me tell you about this. You can hide Author based and date based archives from your blog.

How to Hide or Disable Archives in WordPress?

So let me now get started and tell you how you can do it on your blog. I will not ask you to install any of the extra plugin on your blog to do this, we will do it with the help of WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin which is used by almost all the people using this content management system.

And I hope even you are one of those people who are using this SEO plugin. The first thing you need to do is login into your account which has full rights (Administrator) and click on the icon of Yoast plugin at the left sidebar of your dashboard.

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You will get all the SEO related settings when you click on the Yoast SEO icon from there click on Titles & Metas. All the options related to titles and metas will be displayed to you from there click on Archives.

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Now we are at the point in the archives section if you wish to disable Author archives you have to toggle the button which is provided below the Author archives text on the page.

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And it is same in the case of Date archives just toggle the button which is provided below Date-based archives and finally don’t forget to save your settings. You can save your settings by clicking on the save button provided at the bottom part of the page.

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One thing I would like to tell you if you want to keep the archives on your blog for navigation purpose but still you don’t to face the duplicate content issues because of them. Then you can use the Meta Robots options, just make them noindex just like you can see in the image which I have embedded above.

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