In WordPress, the term “Archives” refers to blog posts. Administrators can use a widget to group their archives by by month, category, or author, and link to them in the sidebar.

Over time, the number of blog posts may exceed the available sidebar space. To avoid this problem, administrators can create a custom archives page that serves as an index to the blog content, rather than using the sidebar.

A custom archives page is based on a page template. However, most WordPress themes don’t come with a page template specifically for archives. To add an archives page, site administrators must usually create a custom archives page template that matches the design of the overall site.