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about jekyll-archives

what i learned

there's a jekyll-plugin named jekyll-archives that lets you create archives of your posts based on metadata/front matter.

i used it for to create a category/${category} page for each of the categories in the site (created dynamically).

how i learned

the social tech collaborative website has a /categories/ page where each category has a header so you can get to each category via url like${category}. for example, you could go to if you wanted to see the plays with the tag texting. however, because each play can have multiple categories, plays would appear multiple times in the /categories page. we wanted a page per category.

at first i thought i was going to have to some wild logic in a page to "fill" in each category and maybe use the page's query params but that would not be done through jekyll since jekyll creates the static website only - you can't use jekyll or liquid tags to play around with the query params.

the answer was found here:

all that was needed was

  1. to add jekyll-archives to the list of plug-ins 2.
# Archives
  enabled: ['categories']
  layout: archive
    category: '/category/:name/'
  1. add an archive.html to _layouts/