What, When, How
What are Post Formats?
• Post Formats are a
new(ish) method of
types in posts
When to use Formats?
• The best time to use post formats is
a. your theme supports them
b. you intend to share useful content
in smaller (more manageable?)
chunks, rather than always using
How can you use them?
1.Find a theme that supports Post
Formats well, or modify your theme to
2.Assign formats to your posts.
Step 2 is easy!
Choose the format that
matches your post
(as you would any categories or tags)
Step 1 is slightly harder
• Trial & error
• Test themes to see how they display
different post formats (and if they
display them differently at all)
• OR Build your own child theme to
display post formats how you want to
NB Theme Unit Test is useful either way
Just because a theme says it supports
post formats doesn’t mean it does
anything with them!
The following themes, except
Genesis, are all freely available
from the WordPress theme
Different colours Icons & borders Colours & meta
Icon & formatting Featured image ↑ title Featured image hidden
No page templates!
No gallery title Epic image border Big link title
Bright quote No featured images Not responsive
Format labels 1 gallery image + number Quote typography
Simple link Image display Not all formats labelled
Cute format icons... in a range of colours... for all tested formats!
Cute featured images
(not on single posts)
Attention to detail Clever sidebar
No title for short formats Title links to Link Smooth quotes
Gallery “excerpt” Status avatar Nicely responsive
Gallery with feature Subtle Aside label Duplicate images?!
Link is okay
Status: avatar, but
Quote is nice, but out of ﬂow
•Not much different for post formats ✘
•Asides don’t show title is the only change
•Nice featured image thumbnail display
•Post Format icons hook ✔
•No default featured image display
•No default post format display variations
•No titles for image & quote formats
•Featured image thumbnails, not on singles
•No featured image for image format ✔
•Featured image thumbnails show for image
formats too ✘
•Cool post format icons next to title ✔
•Nothing different for post formats
•but simple enough design to suit formats
•Nice featured images, not on singles
•Nifty audio & video format styles
•Cassette tape & video projector rolling! ✔
•Link formats break PHP ✘