WordPress Archives: Here we go again
We've been here before. A WordPress site needs to list a collection of things. Native WordPress archives seem like a good idea. But then they're not.
Beyond the most basic use, WordPress archives tend to fail in a number of ways.
For page-dominant sites, archives are unintuitive, they just appear magically -- or don't. None of the expected authoring tools are available and archive endpoints don't show as a default choice when building menus.
There's no clean way to author content on archive landing pages. Embedding content into template files is too rigid and contrary to the entire point of a CMS. Pulling custom values from a separate ACF options page requires extra documentation (which no one reads), is easily forgettable and is a mess conceptually.