What are WordPress Post Formats

What are WordPress Post Formats


Welcome to WordPress Post Formats:

WordPress post formats have been around now since v3.1, though what are WordPress post formats? In this quick article I will explain in simple terms what WordPress posts formats are give a few examples along the way.
Post Formats Available:
  • Standard – The default post format
  • Aside – A note like post, usually styled without title.
  • Gallery – A gallery of images.
  • Link – A link to another site.
  • Image – An image or photograph
  • Quote – A quotation.
  • Video – A post containing video











Standard Post Format

Standard is the default post format in WordPress. It can be an article, a blog post, or anything the user want it to be. A standard post can also be any of the other post formats as well. For example, a standard post can have a gallery or a video. The user can decide whether they want to use their theme’s built in support for the formatting and display of a particular post format or they would rather use the standard post format.


Aside is an extra bit of information that a blogger may want to provide to their readers without writing a standard post about it. It could be an external link, reference to a discussion carried out elsewhere on the web, or an interesting piece of information that does not fit in the regular scope of the blog’s posts.

Aside in WordPress is one of the supported post formats. Theme developers can choose to provide support for a post format to define its visual representation.


Gallery feature allows you to add multiple images in a WordPress post or page. You can add multiple galleries in a single post. Gallery is also one of the supported post formats so theme developers can add support for it and define the gallery presentation in their theme. An image gallery in WordPress can be inserted using the Add Media button and then clicking on “Create Gallery” tab. A gallery is inserted in the post using a shortcode, like this:

The ids are the ids of images in WordPress media, allowing users to easily include images to the gallery.


A link post format contains a link to a web location. Ideally it is used when a user just want to share a link instead of writing a post. They can just add a title of the link and the URL or optionally add their own commentary for the link.


An image post format in WordPress is used to display a single image or photograph.

Quote Post Format

Quote is one of the post formats supported by WordPress. It is used for quotations, specially when a user wants to just share a quote which is not within a standard post or article. A user may decide to add or to wrap a quote around <blockquote> HTML tag.

Status Post Format

Status is one of the post formats supported by WordPress. A status is usually a short, twitter-like, status update. However, it is not necessary for an status to be short or twitter-like. A user may choose to write longer status updates.

Video Post Format

Video is one of the post formats supported by WordPress post formats system. A post in video post format usually contains a video either embedded from a third party video hosting service like YouTube or uploaded and played directly from WordPress. Since WordPress version 3.6 there is support for native video upload and playback.


Simple and to the Point:

Hope you found this quick article helpful. Check back here later as I will be posting a link to my next article about how to use WordPress post formats and the benefits of them.