Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Text Post Formats, part of Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen.
2013 comes with 10 post formats that target different content types, and provide different display options. Let's take a look at the ones that target and change your text based posts first. To help demonstrate post formats, I've created a series of different posts that we can apply to different post formats, too. Because, depending on the type of post format you are going to display, you also need to have a specific type of content in those posts. You've already seen the first one, it was this aside post. And when we scroll down, I have a chat post, an image gallery, a single image post, a quote, a status update, a video post, and a link post.
Now we can start applying different post formats to these different types of content, and see what those post formats do to the content. I'll go to my dashboard and go to posts, and then I have to open each of my posts to change the format. So I'm going to go and change this first one back to aside. You've already seen that. Then I'm going to find the next one on buying new shoes, and you can see this is a chat. So I've just written out a chat here. So I'm going to choose Chat as the post format.
And again you see the background changes, and I'll click Update. And now before we go any further, I'm going to go and check what this looks like on my site. So, this is before any post formats. And I'm going to reload the page and you see, here we have our aside. And when I scroll down, here's the chat. So you'll notice that, again, the title has been changed. It's smaller than it was before. The links are changed and moved to the bottom, and it even says chat on August 19th here, instead of just the date from when it was posted.
Moving further down, I have a quote, but the problem is, with a regular display, you see the title is in focus, and the quote is not. So I'm going to change that by applying the quote post format, so I'll go back to posts, find the post. Here you see the quote is here, and the title is up here. So I'm going to change this to quote, background changes, and the text changes. But you see it's still not highlighting properly. So I'm going to highlight this and then check the block quote option, and now you see it really pops out.
So I'm going to update the post. Reload my page again, and now you see that the title's actually gone completely, and in place, I just have that blog quote. So now you can actually see the quote. Directly below the quote, I have a status update. So I'll go back into my editor. Go to August 19th, which is my status. And I'll change this to status. Again, it changes. Click update, and reload my front page.
And now you see directly under the quote, we have a status update that has this line with a dash in it to make it look like a status. And it also says here, status on August 19th. So here, you see, there's a difference between a status update. And a chat, and an aside. So that they are separated because they're separate types of content. Finally all the way at the bottom. So if I scroll down. I have a link post, so this post only contains a link.
It starts with the title of the post itself, and then it has the link directly underneath it. But just like with the quote, this doesn't really work. So I'm going to change this post to a link post. So I go back in, go to all posts. And find my post, it's called Twenty Thirteen in the WordPress theme directory. And here, you see that all this post contains is the title and the link. So I'm going to change this to a link, and click Update. And then reload this page. And you'll see something really cool happen.
Now, the title of the post becomes a link to where this link is pointing. So If I click on the title of the post, I'm actually jumping to the link target, instead of to the post, itself. So this is a great way of displaying actual links in your index, and let people link out of the site without having to first go to the post and then click it. But keep in mind that this is what's happening. So if you put other content in your post, the post will still link out of your site, so it's worth keeping in mind. As you can see, by using the different text-based post formats, you can help separate different types of content in your index pages, and also add custom formatting to specific content, like quotes and statuses.