While browsing End User SharePoint Forums I stumbled upon an interesting questions from idosp:

How does one go about setting up an Archiving “list” on a SharePoint OOB blog? Where all the Nov 2008 entries display? Dec 2008? Jan 2009, etc.? Can this be done with OOB?

Indeed, most blog engines allow you to display a list of blog posts grouped by month. Unfortunately out of the box SharePoint blog sites do not give you that ability. Here is a simple solution (no codding required :)) on how to overcome that limitation.


  1. Mats Says

    Can’t get this one to work out as I expect it to….

    I get:

    “Unable to display this Web Part. To troubleshoot the problem, open this Web page in a Windows SharePoint Services-compatible HTML editor such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer. If the problem persists, contact your Web server administrator.”

    Any suggestions?


  2. Toni Frankola Says

    Mats, are you using default English language SharePoint blog site or something else?

  3. Attiq Says

    I am getting exact same error as Mats. I am using default English Template.
    I see that we can edit the XSL in property panel but not sure what to change.
    Any Suggestion please ?

  4. Toni Frankola Says

    @Attiq: Can you save your site as template (.stp) and email it to my-firstname.my-lastname@gmail.com?

  5. ChrisBaird Says

    Toni: Any tips on how to add a 2nd filter value? I would like to only show the number of approved blog posts per month (vs all posts, as is the default for the webpart).

  6. Toni Frankola Says

    Not a problem. This is a standard Data View Web part.

    Add this one to your page and then learn more about creating custom filters for it:


  7. Chrisbaird Says

    That makes sense — how about when you can’t use sharepoint designer? I’m forced to edit solely through the browser 🙁

  8. Toni Frankola Says

    You cannot do it without SPD. The only option would be to hire someone to do it for you.

  9. chrisbaird Says

    Turns out I can use SPD — I’ve tried adding a simple Approval Status = Approved filter through the Common Data View Tasks menu. Once added, it kills the webpart — I get data view error from the server in SPD’s Design view.

  10. Toni Frankola Says

    @Chris: Can you post the actual error… you are probably misusing a column or something.

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