I always run into an issue with creating archive or landing pages for custom post types and wanted to know how others handle this.

If I want to have a landing page for a custom post type, however I want the archive page to contain editable content (i.e. be a physical page). I will need to make a custom template for my archive page. This issue with this is that there are no relationship of this page to the custom post type. So now I need to set archive to false and the rewrite rule to match the slug of the custom post type. Also when viewing a custom post type single page, the menu doesn't know the custom landing page is active.

Does anyone have a logical solution for this?

  • archive-cpt.php where cpt is the name of your custom post type Jun 17, 2015 at 17:11

2 Answers 2


For this situation, I create a custom page template, say tpl-archive-page.php. For example using Advanced Custom Fields and the Post Type Selector Field(*) the user can choose a post type to connect to.

 * Template Name: CPT Archive Page


while (have_posts()) :


    get_template_part('content', 'page');

    $archive_query_post_type = get_post_meta(get_queried_object_id(), 'cpt_archive_query_post_type', true);

    if( $archive_query_post_type && is_string($archive_query_post_type) ) {
        $args = array(
            'post_type' => $archive_query_post_type,
            'posts_per_page'=> -1,
            'orderby'       => 'title',

        $archive_query = new WP_Query( $args );

        if ( $archive_query->have_posts() ) {
            while ( $archive_query->have_posts() ) {
                get_template_part('content', get_post_type() );




The has_archive option when registering the custom post type must be set to false.

(*) If you are using ACF5/Pro, consider this fork of the field.


I would...

  1. Create a CPT registered with 'has_archive' => false and use that as your "editable content" source.
  2. Or use a simple "Page" if you prefer
  3. Then create archive-{cpt-name}.php in the theme and query in that template for the content CPT data, or for the "Page" data.

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