The Value (and Use) of Post Formats in WordPress Themes

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Blog Post formats in Standard 3.

One of the best changes that have come out in recent times with WordPress is the introduction of Post Formats. Even though it was introduced over a year ago it’s only become more adopted for developers en masse this year as more and more demand for them has increased.

What are post formats? Very simply it’s a way of stylizing the presentation of a blog post in a unique way. You can easily do this by just clicking one of the radio buttons in the right column in your blog post drafting area, as you can see in the above screenshot.

What’s nice is that these are pre-formatted or pre-designed styles so you don’t have to do any design work yourself! You can, of course, edit or create your own designs or even customize the existing ones in any WordPress Theme.

In Standard 3 we’ve taken our blog post formats seriously and provided some incredibly stylish and attractive ways or presenting your content very quickly and effectively. You have 6 options to choose from:

  1. Standard format
  2. Status
  3. Image
  4. Link
  5. Quote
  6. Video

Each design and presentation/layout was crafted by hand by Jared, our UI/UX specialist – he even hand-crafted our icons from scratch! There’s really no better way to showcase how easy it is to use Post Formats than in real-time, so I’ve made a short video to show you how it’s done.

Check it out:

http://vimeo.com/47592559

All the posts are live right here:

  1. Standard format
  2. Status
  3. Image
  4. Link
  5. Quote
  6. Video

Love to hear your thoughts about post formats and whether you’re using them or not!

[Learn more about Standard 3 via my Series here or go there directly!]

  • Donnie Lawson

    I see Michael Hyatt uses the quote post format all the time on his blog and I always wondered how. Now I know! Thanks for the quick tip.

    • http://www.undistractedchristian.com undistractedtyler

      That is what I thought of when I first saw that option and it made me think I should come up with a way to use it well…how does it fit with SEO though? I mean, I don’t want to be using 300+ words for every quote haha

  • Dale

    It looks very similar to Tumblr post styles

  • http://ManDurance.com James Dibben

    I have been using the quote format on the men’s ministry site I created for our church.

    After the Sunday and Wednesday services I post my favorite quote from the service.

    Keeping track of quotes helps me stay engaged and hopefully helps the blog readers feel like their are either missing out or at least it helps them stay connected.

    I’m not sure I like the “status” format. Finding how to enter the post and actually leave a comment is not very intuitive.

    • http://dustn.tv Dustin W. Stout

      Great idea on the use of quote format James!

      As for the Status format, I generally use it for quick updates to my readers. Things that don’t necessarily ellicit a response, but are just there to keep them informed about something going on (ie. “I’ll be on vacation this week…” or “I’ll be making some updates to the blog this week. Please don’t mind the bugs, or general funkiness if things start looking a bit off.”)

      • http://ManDurance.com James Dibben

        Thanks, Dustin!

        Thanks for the idea on the status format.

  • http://dustn.tv Dustin W. Stout

    This was one of my favorite things about ST3! Love the post formats! The team did an excellent job at this!

  • http://www.daddym.ac Noel Coleman

    I used the status format today and the gravatar that shows up is the mystery man. I went to my user account profile and there is nowhere to load an image. Can someone tell me where I need to go to load up my image?

  • http://twitter.com/bradonomics Brad West (@bradonomics)

    Are there any plans to add an audio post format for podcasters?

  • http://calumhenderson.com/ Calum Henderson

    I just made a whole bunch of changes to my site solely for the purpose of upgrading to Standard 3 so I could use post formats. Thanks for the video! It’s not always obvious where to put the content for different formats.