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  1. Ted Clayton

    Search “post formats” for 210 themes, on the official WordPress site.

    Sarah pointed out:

    With all the discussion lately about why more people don’t make use of post formats, it’s refreshing to see themes showcase this feature in a beautiful way.

    I was quizzical about that earlier post Sarah mentions, when it first came out. It said:

    No, Post Formats haven’t gone anywhere but theme support and their use appear to be waning.

    Several months ago, I decided to lay in a small stack of themes on my test-site, especially selected to educate myself about “post formats”, the difference with custom formats, and related topics. I had no problem ‘swamping’ myself with a widely-diversified inventory of themes promising to showcase different ways to approach & utilize the post format feature. In fact, I had to ‘discipline’ myself, not to go full-on ‘kid in a candy store’.

    So I returned just now to the WordPress.org Themes download page, and performed the search linked at the top of this comment. There are 26 pages of search-results, each with 8 themes matching the search-criteria, and 1 additional page with 2 more. Glancing through the pages and making note of the submission-dates for these themes, they are generally quite recent.

    I tallied the year-dates for these 210 “post formats” enabled themes:

    2008 – 1
    2009 – 11
    2010 – 11
    2011 – 20
    2012 – 61
    2013 – 90
    2014 – 16

    Regrettably, I did not keep an eye on the 2014 month-day dates, since if they were all in January, that means we are tracking on 192 new Post Formats themes, for this coming year.

    That late-breaking trend-indication could be further-checked, by looking at the month-tallies for the end of 2013.

    In round numbers, it looks we’re probably in the midst of an explosion of Post Formats-supporting theme-development.

    Now … if I can only figure out what post formats are! ;)

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    1. Post Formats are, at their very essence, a taxonomy. (A taxonomy is just “a way to classify similar things”.) As a taxonomy, post formats are analogous to categories and post tags. Unlike categories and post tags, which classify posts according to the content or topic of a post, post formats classify posts according to the type of information/data in the post: an image, a video, an audio file, etc. – regardless of the content or topic of the post.

      But post formats are more than just a taxonomy. They have some extra fanciness built in to make them easier to use in creative ways by Theme developers, and easier to expose in the Theme. The main problems with post formats are two-fold, but related:

      1) No consistent way to store meta data associated with a given post format
      2) No consistent user interface for the user to enter meta data associated with a given post format

      The changes to core originally slated for WordPress 3.6, but ripped out at the very last minute (during beta), were aimed at resolving those two issues. Until they are resolved, I don’t think we’ll see widespread user adoption of post formats, even as more and more Themes incorporate them into their design.

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      1. Ted Clayton

        Thank you, Chip! This is the kind of discussion of Post Formats, or other tech-’mysteries’, that I like to see.

        I’m not on my dev-platform right now, but can get a start on my response to Mr. Bennett’s reply. I’d like to point to some additional specifics, a little later when I have my test-site up.

        Chip Bennett authors the WordPress theme, Eonology. It is installed on my localhost site (with a few dozen others). Why Eonolgy?

        [Eonology is] intended to serve as a base for child Themes and as an educational reference for Theme development using WordPress functions, action/filter hooks, and template tags. Oenology includes built-in breadcrumb navigation, and supports the Theme Customizer, Contextual Help, Post Formats, Navigation Menus, Post Thumbnails, Custom Backgrounds, Custom Image Headers, and Custom Editor Style. [emph. added]

        Eonolgy is a learning-aid, and it does Post Formats. I had been using the ‘official’ Toolbox theme, as an educational tool … but then it disappeared from the WordPress repository. I picked it for my main work-theme, in hopes that being produced by WordPress, it would be updated & stable.

        While I understand “Post” as a record in a table in the database, I’m unclear what the Post Format innovation does (creates?) that is different. I will be on my dev-system this morning, and will look at the template files for Eonology, and prepare to track how WordPress knows that a given record/Post has been modified (?) to have a Post Format status.

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    1. Ted Clayton

      A Post Format is a theme feature … a piece of meta information…

      Yes, and a Piston is a feature of a heat-engine that converts thermal energy to linear thrust. But from that “information”, it would be impossible to identify a piston laying among objects on a workbench … much less create one or know how to ‘enhance’ an engine with it.

      Before long, I will be able to Seahawks the Post Formats Quiz.

      But spot one in a Police lineup of data-objects? Beautify & enrich a website with one (beyond clicking a radio button)? Um … let me get back to you on that. ;)
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      In all candor, folks, I think I’m pointing to the actual “problem” that Post Formats is experiencing. They are presented & discussed in an abstracted fashion, leaving people to watch each other for cues as they alternately nod & shake their heads.

      They aren’t being adopted & used by end-users, because treatments of the topic lack … accessibility.

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  2. Another great looking theme from Site5. They’ve been doing a great job with their themes lately.

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  3. manishkhatri0172

    Nice responsive theme with good layout, its post icon is very unique… awesome design…

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  4. I’ve been a big fan of Site5′s themes. I’ve used many of these across my blogs over the past few years. This one really looks like one of their best.

    Though, I’m not sure how much of the post format features I’m going to use!

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