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I've followed the official documentation to create my archives page: http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_an_Archive_Index

It works fine exept that "is_archive() returns false when I'm viewing this page.

Any idea ?

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Because an "archives" Page is not an archive index of blog Posts, but rather a Page.

An "archives" page is simply a custom Page template, which applies to a static Page.

The is_archive() conditional returns true if an archive index is being displayed. An archive index page displays Posts, not static Pages.


Instead of using if ( is_archive() ), try using if ( is_page( 'archives' ) ) (assuming you've named your static Page Archives).

Alternately, you could use if ( is_page_template( 'archives.php' ) ) (assuming you've named your template file as archives.php).

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