WordPress 3.1 Post Formats

One of my favorite updates in WordPress 3.1 was the addition of built-in post formats that will allow you to easily turn your blog into a tumblr like website.

Last year a lot of people were super into creating Tumblr-Like themes using WordPress custom post types and taxonomies, now it’s even easier! No need for custom post types, just include your custom formats into your functions.php and you can choose your post type via your regular post editor.

WordPress currently supports 9 different custom post formats:

  1. aside
  2. chat
  3. gallery
  4. image
  5. link
  6. quote
  7. status
  8. video
  9. audio

And of course you can add support for all or just a few. For me it seems a bit overkill to use all of them in a theme, but for others they may want even more!

Adding WordPress 3.1 Post Format Support In Older Versions of WordPress

Adding support for post formats is super easy. All you have to do is add a quick function into your functions.php file.

//Add Post Format Support
add_theme_support( 'post-formats', array( 'aside', 'chat', 'gallery', 'image', 'link', 'quote', 'status', 'video', 'audio' ) );

Simply remove the post formats you don’t want, save and upload to  your theme files. Once you are done you should see the post formats in your post editor…

Adding WordPress 3.1 Post Format Support In Current Versions of WordPress

WordPress has gotten even easier to use over the years and post formats have become a standard core feature of WordPress and many of the free WordPress themes found at WordPress.org. There’s nothing you need to do to add post formats to your site so long as you check which formats are supported by your theme.

If for some reason your theme doesn’t include all 9 standard WordPress post formats you can either ask the author to add them back or proceed without them. The post formats simply format your content. Even if you theme doesn’t have a Quote format you can still add quotes in the WYSIWYG editor, highlight the quote then select the blockquote format (the quote icon). Video and audio is even easier to add since WordPress included automatic oembed support for multiple sources. Just give it a try!

Using Custom Post Formats

Now imagine all the awesome uses for these new post formats! For now I will leave it up to your imagination and save it for a future post! So look out for my next post showing you how to use the wordpress post formats – and even better yet follow me on twitter as I will be releasing a free theme soon that comes with these formats built in!

AJ Clarke
Post Author: AJ Clarke

Hey. My name is AJ and I am the boss around here. I own and operate WPExplorer. A website dedicated to everything I love about WordPress.

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  1. Tolya Toki says:
    If you are using child theme complete instruction is here http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Formats

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