Post formats give you the ability to specify what type of post you’re creating, such as a quote or an image gallery. Certain themes include special styling for post formats, enhancing the appearance of your content. Learn some of the pitfalls of using post formats and why Carrie recommends avoiding them.
- [Voiceover] Post Formats give you the ability to specify what type of Post you're creating. The purpose of the Post Format is to give Theme creators a way to uniquely style content based on what type of content it is. Post Formats were born some years back as part of an effort to make Word Press more modular. Unfortunately, while the intent was good, the reality of Post Formats is that they tend to be more confusing than helpful. Some Themes support all available Post Formats. Others support a few Post Formats and others still don't support Post Formats at all.
This inconsistency can make it difficult if you ever change to a new Theme. Truthfully, I don't recommend using them. But now that I've bad mouthed this feature, let me show you how to use it. While you can put any kind of content you'd normally publish in a Post in any of the Post Formats. They were designed with particular kinds of content in mind. The available Post Formats are Standard, and this is the default Post Format, just a standard Blog Post. You could add video, images, galleries, and whatever else you normally would to a regular Blog Post.
Next, we have the Photo Post Format and that's intended for Single Image Posts. We've got Videos. We've got Quotes, which highlights block quoted text in a bolder way than a typical post would. We've got Links for when you just want to share a Link and don't necessarily feel like writing an article to go with it. Asides are for brief snippets of text that aren't quite whole Blog Posts. Gallery is for Image Galleries. Status is for a quick update about what you're doing right now. Imagine this like a status you might put on one of your social networks.
Audio is for sharing songs or podcasts. And Chat is a way to present a conversation that you've had. Let's take a look at how you would actually use a Post Format. If I go back to my site and click Blog Posts to view all my Posts and select a Post to edit, I'll see Post Formats in the side bar. Note that this is available in the Post Editor whether you're adding a new Post or editing an existing Post. Lets go ahead and expand this. Note that the Post Format options you'll see here are the ones supported by your Theme.
If your Theme doesn't support them you won't see them. To assign a particular Post Format simply select it out of this list and of course be sure to update or save your Post. By the way, your selection here doesn't change anything about your Post Editor, it only changes the way this content displays in your Theme. Let's go ahead and take a look by clicking this View Post button. If we go compare this to what the Standard Posts look like, we can see that there's not really any difference. And that's because the 2015 Theme that I'm using, even though it supports Post Formats it doesn't have any special display options associated with it.
By the way, it's possible to change the Post Format of a Post at any time by selecting a different Post Format and updating your Post again. If you're interested in using Post Format here's a full list of Themes that support them.
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