I don't find a way to have a template for my root category page ??

my archive.php file works great for any link such as:



but for http://adress.com/category/

I can not find the file who could edit that url ? at the moment I just have a 404...

Any idea ? I tried to add a template archive-slug.php without success :(

Thanks a lot for your help !

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    such a template does not exist. what would you expect that a template like that should show?
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 19:43
  • Hi Michael, thanks for answering. It should show all post from all categories, for SEO purpose I ve been told category should have a parent page ! How can it be done ?
    – thebigE
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 19:59
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    'all posts of all categories' would be the 'posts page', which is either the home page or a page which you can set via 'settings - reading' ...
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 20:55

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You can't find it because it doesn't exist. There is no page at that location.

In WordPress everything is either an archive of posts or a post of some type. Pages are posts of type page etc. Date archives are archives of posts

So if you went to /category what would it show? For this reason there is nothing there to show. You would need to write a rewrite rule, manually load a template, and that's assuming it doesn't interfere with other rewrite rules

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    Thanks Tom, it should show the post of all categories. For SEO purposes I be been told category should have a parent template. How can this be done from rewrite rule ? Thanks :)
    – thebigE
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 19:58
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    I would consider whoever told you that to be talking complete BS. 27% of the web already works this way with no ill SEO effects. Trust me, you are heading down a painful path
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 20:01

Your home page already shows posts from all the categories. The reason that you can't find anything in that path is that /category/ is a base term for categories, the same way /tag/ is for tags. You can check this in the permalink page, if you navigate to Settings > Permalinks.

There is only 1 condition that you can have a page that list every post from every category, and it's when you have a static home page. In that case, if you navigate to http://example.com/blog/ you will see a list of every post on your website. If you wish, you can redirect http://example.com/category/ to http://example.com/blog/.

However, be careful not to redirect any other path such as http://example.com/category/example/, and make sure you have a static page set as home page, or you will get stuck in an infinite loop.

But as @Tom already mentioned, a quarter of the internet runs on WordPress, and they don't have a SEO problem because of this. So, you can just forget about it ;)

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