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I tried using

archive.php and category.php

but always index.php is used of my template. How can I customize what template file is used?

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get_month_link() doesn't use any template. It just creates a link to date based archives. The actual template used is decided by a rather complicated template hierarchy system managed by Core. Essentially there is a cascading sequence of files that will be used if those files are provided by the theme:

  1. date.php
  2. archive.php
  3. index.php
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I think I did a mistake with my IDE. It turns out "archive.php" actually gets triggered.

I think i didn't deploy it correctly. I am still not entirely sure what template hierarchies are called though.

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