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Learn how to make gallery, video, audio, and other post types pop on your blog page with post formats. 

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If you’re looking to change the template of a page, instead of a post, check out this help document.

Post formats allows you to add variety to the page that lists your blog entries.

For example, in the Baskerville 2 theme, your blog page would look like this with different post formats:

Post Formats Example

Not all themes support post formats; to see if yours does, check this list.

Editing Post Format

If you are using a theme that supports post formats, you can apply the format through the Post editor.

  1. Go to My Site(s) Site Posts
  2. Edit a post, or click Add New to create a new post.
  3. Under Document settings on the right, open the Status & Visibility menu.
  4. Select an option from the drop down in Post Format.
  5. Either Publish or Update your post to see the new Post Format applied.
Change Post Format

Some themes will offer all nine formats, and others have fewer. Pick a format, add content to the post the way you normally so, and publish! Depending on your theme, you’ll see some stylistic differences between this post and your posts with the default Standard format.

If you start a new post containing a gallery, video, audio track, or quote, your theme may automatically apply the related post format. You can always choose “Standard” if you’d prefer the default layout.

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What do Post Formats Look Like?

The appearance of post formats varies based on your theme. Here’s how an Image post appears in a number of themes (click to enlarge):

There’s quite a bit of variety in the way themes employ post formats. If you want to preview how a certain theme will handle formats before switching to it, you can check out the theme’s Live Demo from the Theme Showcase.

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Understanding Post Formats

You can put any kind of content you’d normally publish in a post in any of the post formats, but they were designed with particular kinds of content in mind:

  • Standard is the default post format, your everyday blog post. You can also add video, images, galleries, and whatever else you would like to a regular Text post.
  • Photo is intended for single image posts — a quick snap of lunch or your cat.
  • Video is for, well, videos.
  • Quote highlights your blockquote text in a bolder way than standard posts typically do.
  • Link is for those days when you just want to share a link to a fantastic article you read.
  • Aside for brief snippets of text that aren’t quite whole blog posts, such as quick thoughts and anecdotes.
  • Gallery for (you guessed it) galleries.
  • Status for a quick update about what you are doing right now.
  • Audio for your favorite tunes or podcasts.
  • Chat to highlight memorable conversations you have with friends, both on- and offline.

What if you love the look of your theme’s Video post format, but you want to use it to highlight a gallery? Go for it! There are no rules here, only guidelines.

If you don’t see the Post Format module, then you are likely using a theme that does not use post formats.

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Themes Supporting Post Formats

Several of the themes at WordPress.com allow blog authors to decide what format each of their posts should be displayed as. The use of this option is completely free, and you do not need to purchase the Custom CSS Upgrade in order to change post formats.

View all themes that support post formats or visit the showcase and click Feature → Post Formats.

Post Format - Theme Gallery

Here is the current listing of themes that support particular post formats. To learn more about each format, visit the Post Formats support page.

Theme NameSupported Formats
AcademicaAside, Gallery
AdaptionAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
AdelleAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video
AlbeoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
AlbumVideo, Image, Audio
AltoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
AmpersandAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
AnemoneAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
ApostropheAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video
ArcadeAside, Audio, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video
AtlasAudio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
AtriumGallery, Image, Video
AxonAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
AvidGallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
AwesomeGallery, Image, Aside, Quote, Video
BaskervilleAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Baskerville 2Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
BeachAside, Gallery, Quote, Status
Big BrotherAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
BloccoVideo
BloglyAudio, Aside, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Video, Quote, Status
BlogumAside, Gallery, Image
BoardwalkAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Chat, Gallery
Bon VivantAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
Book LiteAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
BoscoAside, Audio, Image, Link, Quote, Video
BouquetAside, Gallery, Image
BridgerAudio, Gallery, Image, Video
BuenoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
ButtonAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
CaldwellAside, Quote, Link
CameraGallery
CanardImage, Link, Gallery
CandelaAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
CapoversoAside, Image, Video, Link, Quote
CelsiusAside, Image, Video, Link, Quote, Gallery
ChalkAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Link, Quote, Status, Video
ChalkboardAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
ChateauAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
ChocoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
ChunkAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio, Chat
CircaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Audio
Clear NewsAudio, Gallery, Image, Video
CocoaAside, Link, Quote, Status, Video, Image
CoherentAside
CollectionsAside, Image, Gallery, Link, Quote, Audio, Video
ColsAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio
ConnectGallery, Link, Image, Audio, Status, Quote, Video
CoralineAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
CorporateAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
CraftyAside, Image, Link, Quote, Video
CreativeStatus, Image, Video, Quote, Chat, Audio
Creative PortfolioAside, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video, Audio
CrispImage, Link, Quote, Video, Audio, Aside, Gallery, Status
CubicAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Chat, Gallery
CuratorAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
DebutAudio, Gallery, Image, Video
DemandImage, Video
DicotAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
DuetImage, Gallery, Video
Dusk to DawnAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Chat, Audio
DusterAside, Gallery, Link
DyadImage
EctoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
EddaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
EdinAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Status
EditorAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
EightiesAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
EleminAside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Audio, Status, Video, Chat
EspiedAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
EspressoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
Ever AfterGallery, Image, Status, Quote
EverydayAside, Gallery, Image, Status, Quote
Fanwood LightAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Chat
FictiveAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
FioreAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Chat
Flora & FaunaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
FlounderAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
FontfolioAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
ForefrontAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
ForeverGallery, Image, Status, Quote
FranklinAside, Image, Link, Quote, Video
Fruit ShakeAside, Gallery, Image, Quote, Link, Status
FurtherAside, Gallery, Image, Quote, Link, Video
GalleryAside, Audio, Video, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Gallery
GazetteImage, Video, Link, Gallery
GigawattVideo, Image
GoranAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Status
GreyzedAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
GridspaceAudio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
HarmonicAudio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
Hemingway RewrittenAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
HewAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
HexaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Audio
HighwindAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
HuesosLink, Quote
HumAside, Gallery, Image, Link, Status, Quote
HunttImage, Video, Quote, Gallery, Link
Hustle ExpressAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Chat
HyaliteAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
IllustratrAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Independent PublisherAside, Image, Link, Quote, Video
Inspiration LaboratoryAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery
IntergalacticAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
IscaAside, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
IsolaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
iTheme2Aside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
JasonAside, Image, Video, Link, Quote
Just DessertsGallery, Image
KellyAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
Kiore MoanaAside, Chat, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
KoiAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
LibrettoAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video
LingonberryAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
LiquoriceAside, Gallery, Image, Quote
Little StoryAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
LovebirdsGallery, Image, Status, Quote
LovecraftAside
LyretailAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
Magnate ExpressAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Chat
MaishaAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
ManifestAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
MatalaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
McKinleyAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
Mina OlenAside, Audio, Chat, Image, Gallery, Status, Video, Quote, Link
MinimalizineAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
MinnowAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
MixfolioGallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
Modularity LiteAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
MokaGallery, Image, Link, Quote
MonetAside, Audio, Video, Link, Quote
MonsterAside
MotifAside, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
MotionAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
MuseumAside, Image, Video, Audio, Quote, Link
My LifeAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
MystiqueAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
Next SaturdayAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
NowellAside, Audio, Image, Link, Quote, Video
NucleareAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery
On a WhimAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
On DemandVideo
OutspokenVideo, Gallery, Image, Audio
PachydermAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Chat
PanelAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
PatchAside, Gallery, Image, Audio, Video, Quote, Link
PenscratchAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
PhotoliaAudio, Gallery, Status, Chat, Aside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
PictoricoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio
PilcrowAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
PinboardAside
Pink Touch 2Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
PiqueAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video
PlaneAside, Image, Link, Quote, Video
PolyAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
PublishAside, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
PublisherImage, Quote
PurposeGallery, Link, Image, Audio, Status, Quote, Video
QuaVideo
QuadraAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Audio
QuintusAside, Link, Quote
RadcliffeAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
ReactGallery
ReddleAside, Image
Runo LiteGallery, Image, Quote
RevelarGallery, Image, Video, Quote, Link
RowlingGallery
Rusty GrungeAside, Gallery, Quote, Status
RyuAside, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
SagaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
San KloudAside, Gallery, Image, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio, Video, Status
SaporAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
SatelliteAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
ScratchpadAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
ScrawlAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
Scrollider ExpressAside, Image, Quote, Video, Link
SelaAside, Gallery, Image, Quote, Video
SelectaAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Quote, Video
SequentialAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Status
ShelfImage, Link, Quote, Video, Audio
Shine OnAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
ShrakeAside, Quote, Link
SidekickAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
SidespiedAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
SilesiaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
SinglAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
SkepticalAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
SketchAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio
SkylarkGallery, Image, Video
SnapsAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
SobeAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
SolarAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Something FishyAside, Status
SorbetAside, Audio, Image, Video, Link, Quote, Gallery, Status
SoundcheckAudio, Gallery, Image, Video
SpectrumAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
SpiritAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Status
SpunAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status
StandardImage, Link, Quote, Status, Video
StructureAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
SuitsAudio, Aside, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
SundanceVideo
SuperheroAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
Sweet LifeAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Status
SyntaxAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
The Morning AfterAside
TapestryAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
TdeditorAside
The ParisianAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
TitanAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
TogetherAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Gallery, Status
ToolboxAside, Gallery
TonalAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
ToujoursAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Truly MinimalAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
TrvlAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Tuned BalloonAside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Audio
Twenty ElevenAside, Image, Video, Link, Quote, Gallery, Status
Twenty FifteenAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Audio, Chat
Twenty FourteenAside, Audio, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
Twenty SeventeenAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio
Twenty SixteenAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Status, Audio, Chat
Twenty TenAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
Twenty TwelveAside, Image, Link, Quote
Twenty ThirteenAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
TypoAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Audio, Chat, Status
VagabondAside, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video
VeevaAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
VentureGallery, Video
VertigoAside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status, Video
Vintage CameraAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio, Status, Chat
Vintage KitchenAside
VisionImage
VisualAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
WidelyAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery
WilsonAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
WritrAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link, Gallery, Audio, Status, Chat
Wu WeiAside, Image, Video, Quote, Link
YokoAside, Gallery, Link, Video, Image, Quote
YumblogVideo, Aside, Link, Gallery, Status, Quote, Image
ZorenAside, Audio, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Video

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