I'm trying to create a Wordpress theme, and I'm having a little difficulty with creating an easily accessible archives page.
First off, I'm not referring just to the standard archive.php in the template hierarchy. What I'm trying to do is make a separate page on the site that lists all posts (not sorted by tag/category/year) in a single, easily-accessible portion of the site by just going to /archive (e.g. www.example.com/archive)
I've read up on the Wordpress Codex that you can create a wordpress page using templates from PHP files, but I would really rather not go that route. If I could, I'd rather make a theme that already has the feature built in without the user having to manually do the work to create the page. Also, for some reason I never had a "template" dropdown section appear; go figure.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for how to implement? Searching for an answer has been hard because most questions are about the template hierarchy or just using the page method.
I'm thinking that I should be looking into the add_rewrite_rule() function and rewriting the year with 'archive/'; the only issue with that is that it would limit by year.