Adding Support for Post Formats in WordPress Twenty Fifteen

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Including the post formats in your WordPress theme allows you to designate a different content display and styling for certain types of designated posts. Unlike custom post types, you can’t create different post formats, because WordPress has already assigned them for you; you decide which post format, if any, to use in your theme. You can, however, use one or all of them, depending on your needs.

This list describes the post formats that are designated in WordPress:

  • Standard: Displays your blog posts in the default manner — as an ordinary blog post without special formats applied to it.

  • Aside: A short post (but not a full post) to share a random thought or idea. Typically, an Aside is shared without a post title or category/tag designations. An Aside is simply a random, one-off thought shared on your blog.

  • Chat: A transcript of an online chat conversation that can be formatted to look just like a chat (or instant messaging) window.

  • Gallery: A gallery of images in which each image can be clicked to access a larger version. Often, these post formats contain no text and display only a gallery (but they may have a title).

  • Image: Used for displaying one image, such as in a photo blog. The image may or may not have text or a caption to go along with the post.

  • Link: Displays a short post that provides a link that you find useful and want to share with your readers. This post format often contains a title and sometimes a short bit of text that describes the link you’re sharing.

  • Quote: Displays a quotation on your blog. Often, users include the quotation along with a byline for its source.

  • Status: Provides a short status update, usually limited to 140 characters or fewer (think Twitter!).

  • Video: Displays a video, usually embedded within a handy video player (à la YouTube) so that your readers can simply click to play the video without leaving your site.

  • Audio: The post format for sharing audio files, or podcasts. Usually, an Audio post has very little text included and instead includes items such as a built-in audio player that visitors can click to listen to audio files.

To see a helpful, real-world example of post formats in practice, see the website below. The site separates the chosen formats to use, in the individual post styling and icons used to designate the different formats. (You see the small post icon used to designate video posts.)

Video post formats in use.

Video post formats in use.

If your site needs a different type of a post format that isn’t available, consider adding it as a custom post type instead.