Selecting a Post Format
Regularly published posts are likely the main focus of your site. When sharing and posting content using FavePersonal, there are seven WordPress post formats supported:
- Standard: blog posts with a title, content, and may have a featured image associated with it
- Status: just the content here
- Quote: the content of the quote, the source, and a link to the source if needed
- Image: dedicated to the image with a title and may have content
- Gallery: a collection of photos (attachments) to a post with a title, and may have content
- Video: accepts an oEmbed URL or embed code of a video, plus a title and content
- Link: a title, some content and a URL for the link
As you can imagine, each post format provides unique features and options tailored to the nature of that format.
To specifiy a specific post format other than the default “Standard”, simply select the appropriate tab when you add a new post from the WordPress “Add New Post” or “Edit Post” screens.
The Standard post format is what you’d expect for in a typical WordPress post. The main focus of Standard posts is typically a long-form text essay with the option to include some supporting media, formatting, headings, and so on.
You can also add a Featured Image to Standard posts, which will display in any post listing (home page, search results)…
…as well as in the Featured Post Heading (if selected).
If you have something to say but don’t want to write a novel about it, just draft a Status post.
Since you’re saying less, we’ve eliminated the title from the post and made the text a little more prominent. The intention is you’d keep these posts short and maybe even broadcast them directly to Facebook or Twitter using Social.
Keep in mind, like any post you’re free to add images and media to a Status post, but you can not set a Featured Image. In other words, an image will never appear connected to this format (you couldn’t set one to display as the background for the Featured Posts Header slots). If you set a Status post as a Featured Post, then the beginning of the status is displayed verbatim.
If you happen to find a funny or inspirational or ridiculous quote to share, we’ve got just the post format for you. With a Quote post, much like a status, the focus is on the content (no title or image). The difference here being you can credit the source appropriately and even link to them.
The Quote format is similar to a Status in that the display is much larger (due to generally concise content), but adds the ability to display a source and link to it directly beneath the quotation. You’ll also notice the quotation marks added to the side of the text.
Image posts allow you to easily upload an image, set it as the “Featured Image” and make it main focus point of your post.
The Featured Images of an Image post format will automatically be used as in the Featured Post header position.
By simply uploading a series of photos to a single post you now have a gallery post in the works. When you switch to the “Gallery” tab you’ll see all the attached photos to this post which will automatically be used in the gallery.
When you publish the post the gallery will live at the top of the post and create a grid of thumbnails for your post listing (home, search results) and also in your (RSS, Atom) feeds.
The gallery carousel slides in the photo title and caption as an overlay once the image is switched. And, just like many popular social networking sites, you can browse a gallery simply using your keyboard left and right arrow keys.
Much like an Image post, you’ll find a new field at the top of the post editing area to add a video URL (parsed using oEmbed) or the actual video embed code from the video provide. Either way, they should create the same result if you’re using a supported oEmbed provider.
Videos will automatically be sized appropriately depending on their placement on your site. In a listing view the video will be narrow to fit the column whereas on the single post view, we force the player to take the full width of the content area and drop the sidebars below.
Tip: You can also assign a Featured Image to the post if you want to include it in a Featured Post header position.
The internet is a series of links. So it only makes sense you’ll want to share links and have your visitors go to that source diretly (the “Daring Fireball” approach to sharing).
Just like a Standard post format, you’ll want to enter a title and some content (perhaps providing context or extra commentary about the link). Then enter the URL in the additional field. This field will then be used to replace the permalink of the post with the URL entered. Your (RSS and Atom) feeds will also link directly to the source URL while adding a “#” at the bottom of the feed item in case people want to click through to your post.
As always, feel free to additionally include media and featured images to your post.