I have a simple file with the loop in it to get all posts called archive-post.php, but I'm not sure how I get to it in the URL?

http://www.examples.com/post/ gives me a 404

How can I see the archive of all my posts (not custom post types)?

  • Try saving your permalinks again Jul 30, 2015 at 0:01
  • Any specific reason why you would like to do this Jul 30, 2015 at 6:10
  • @PieterGoosen Yes, very simple one really: I have a Static Page as my homepage and I just want to find a link to the normal posts page (ie. what would normally be shown as the homepage). There's probably a really simple solution to this! Jul 30, 2015 at 11:48
  • That makes more sense. The updated answer from @TomJNowell will then work for you :-) Jul 30, 2015 at 12:18

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You don't, archive-post.php doesn't exist, it's just archive.php, and on most sites the post archive is the root of the site, aka /. Depending on how you're viewing posts it'll use home.php, front-page.php, index.php, etc. You should refer to the template hierarchy diagram, but remember, the standard post post type is a special case, as are pages

Perhaps adding your own rewrite rules, or specifying post_type=post in the URL as a query variable, or toggling the pre_get_post filter that's adding your custom post types to the main query

If you've set a page as your homepage, there is an option directly next to that option that lets you set the posts page, which will give you what you want. ( as a sidenote, you don't need to set a page as your homepage to give it a custom design, that's what the home.php template is for )

For example, this is my own site:

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Where posts is a page called posts at /posts/. Of note, it will not use a page template if I assign one to that page, it uses the archive/index templates instead

  • Thanks, Tom. I have a Page as my site "root", so that's why I'm looking for another way to view all posts. Jul 30, 2015 at 11:14
  • Underneath the homepage option in settings is a posts page option, that's what that option is intended for
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 30, 2015 at 12:11
  • Incredibly counter-intuitive, but it worked. Thanks! Jul 30, 2015 at 18:47

In this case you need to use Page Template. Add these line to the top of the file:

*Template Name: Post Archive

Then you will create a new page, choose Post Archive for its page template box. That is, when you visit this page, you will get your posts archive.

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