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Nacin Explains WP Core Team’s Post Formats Concept

WordPress Post Formats have been the rage among designers and developers since first announced and with WP 3.1 reaching its release a set of standardised, non-extensible, post formats have found their way in the WordPress core. As so often, a decision made by the Core team has lead to questions, sometimes even disapproval.

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Core developer Andrew Nacin explains in an extensive post the idea behind the standardised set of post formats, and why it is better if developers do not add extra post formats. Money quote:

With term names and such, we went through great lengths to ensure formats were as portable as possible. The idea behind the feature is this standardization and portability for a segment of bloggers. Many designers of themes used for microblogging wanted this ability to offer structured, well-defined content, beyond what could be done with categories and tags. It’s designed so when you switch to a different theme — a specific kind of theme, at that — your content doesn’t lose its most fundamental context.

Read the Nacin’s complete entry here and Thord D. Hedengren’s post which sparked Nacin’s reply.

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  1. Andrew Nacin ) says: 1/29/2011

    You’re conflating two completely different things. Post formats is a taxonomy new in 3.1. Custom post types were mostly new in 3.0 (technically introduced in limited form in 2.9). I linked to Mark Jaquith’s post on the difference in my post, and spent a paragraph discussing the difference.


  2. Franky Branckaute ) says: 1/29/2011

    Great, I have been out of WordPress since pretty much last April, but still kept a little glance on it, and now I am going into it more again… that is how much I understand of everything. But thanks for the correction, updated.


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