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    Hello, I feel really stupid to ask this but how do I archive a post or a page? I looked under the “status” drop down menu where I thought it should show (at least according to articles found through Google) but I don’t have it. Yet, when I search the WordPress documentation, apparently, there is code available for it or something. I am clearly missing something! If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be much appreciated!

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    Nevermind, I figured it out. In case someone else has the same question one day…

    The archive widget is basically a post/page sorter by month. That’s it. It isn’t a true archive-type function. If you want a true archive function, you will need… wait for it… yet another plugin!

    Hope this helps someone.

    — OP answered before my post appeared. I’m leaving my detailed response here for posterity —

    Hello, I feel really stupid to ask this but how do I archive a post or a page?

    I am clearly missing something! If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be much appreciated!

    First, let’s be clear what you mean by “archive”.

    Since you’re looking at post STATUS, by “archive”… do you mean making a previously published page/post invisible to the public?

    If this is what you mean, it’s not a native feature of WordPress. So you’ll need to find a plugin to un-publish and/or delete the post after some criteria is met (eg after 1 week).

    If on the other hand, you’re looking for a way to display previously published content at one place, WordPress already includes a lot of these:

    Eg, all posts under any particular category (eg Health) will be archived at example.com/category/health/

    All posts in a particular year (eg 2018), month (eg November) or day (eg 29th) will be archived respectively at example.com/2018/, example.com/2018/11/ and example.com/2018/11/29/

    If you want to create a custom special page — often called the ARCHIVE(S) PAGE — that lists all previously published content on the site, this is typically either handled by your active theme or a plugin. This is what most of the Google articles you read will be referring to, and a quick search at the WordPress plugins database lists several of these plugins: https://wordpress.org/plugins/search/archive/

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    Thanks, yea after playing around I realised that I misunderstood “archive” in WordPress. I would use a plugin or build one but changing the core functions seems like a bad idea. I’ll try to think of a workaround or something. Thanks again for your reply!

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