WordPress – Post Formats
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In this video I’m going to talk about Post Formats.
These will show up on the Posts.
On the right sidebar, you’ll see a panel called Format. This is an optional value that WordPress added years ago. During the implementation they realized it was more confusing than helpful, and they discontinued it. I don’t use this feature, and I probably wouldn’t recommend using it. But for the sake of you knowing about it, I will go into a little detail so that you know what it is.
These formats allow theme developers to define visual representation of a post. Not all themes or plugins support these custom post formats. I’ll go through a brief description of each format.
Standard is the default post format in WordPress. It can be an article, a blog post, or anything the user want it to be. This is what I leave all my posts as.
Video usually contains a video either embedded from a third party video hosting service like YouTube or uploaded and played directly from WordPress.
The audio format is for an audio file or playlist. Could be used for Podcasting. It usually contains an audio file embedded from a third party hosting service or uploaded directly through WordPress media uploader.
Quote is used to add a quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
Gallery feature allows you to add multiple images in a WordPress post or page. You can add multiple galleries in a single post.
A link post format contains a link to a web location. Ideally it is used when a user just wants to share a link instead of writing a post.
Here are a few formats that don’t show up for the theme I’m using. Aside format is typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update. The image format in WordPress is used to display a single image or photograph. The Status format is usually a short, twitter-like, status update. And last is the Chat format which is used to display a chat transcript.
In short, with a theme that supports Post Formats, a blogger can change how each post looks by choosing a Post Format from a radio-button list. But a good amount of themes do not support this function and or they have better ways of displaying the same through their themes.
Depending on the theme you’ve activated, you may or may not see the post formats panel at all. Different themes have different post formats support, and what happens when you apply a specific post format will change from theme to theme. For example, if you choose the Image post format, some themes will display the featured image alone on the index page, and the image in the post alone on a single post page. Other themes may display the featured image alone on both pages, while other themes again may display both the featured image and the image in the post.
To show you a quick sample of what one of these formats looks like, I’m going to click on the Update button so you can see the Link Format.
Now if I right click on View Post and open it in a new window, I can see how my current theme displays the Link Format.
Click on the new window to open up the Preview.
You can see it added a big blue box with a link to this post. Below the blue box you can see the content I have for that post. Now if I go back to the backend and change it back to Standard, you can see what a normal post will look like.
I’ll select Standard again.
And click on the Update button again.
And click back on the Preview tab.
Click on the Refresh button.
Now you can see the blue box is gone and now all you see is the content of this post. To sum it up, the Standard is the best option since it won’t distort your post.
That’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next one.
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