WordPress is constantly evolving and releases new versions. The latest one was a great one for theme authors that’s mainly concentrated on post formats. A new post format UI is created to target an end-user. In this article I am going to outline the important issues that any theme author who works with WordPress should know.
According to the latest release, WordPress developers have made significant improvements to the overall admin interface and thought of a new way to manage media files on a site. If you belong to a group of theme authors, you’ve probably already assessed all advantages of the new releases and feel quite comfortable about them. However, the biggest focus of the WordPress last version is post formats. In different circles of WordPress communities post formats have different kind of popularity level.
You can like or dislike the new updates, but in practice, your take on new features don’t change the fact – now it’s important to start thinking about these updates in your theme designs. Being a WordPress theme author, you need to understand the new post formats UI which are potentially presented to the end-users and check out how they match the new concept of post formats.
I expect, this article will help you to understand how to work with the new post formats and use the themes with benefits, before they’ve actually hit the masses and left no room for potential growth in the field.
First thing first, WordPress designers have modified the design of post formats UI. Currently, WordPress 3.6 is still in beta stage and all the post formats UI are on default no matter whether an author adds theme supports or not. And despite some users seem to dislike this idea, it’s not clear yet whether it’s going to be changed in the future or not.
The newly established standardized structured data makes it possible to display certain items that are associated with different post formats. What are those post formats that currently have structured data?
Image. A user can put an image URL in a website URL if they’d like to link that image to somewhere.
Link. Now users have a separate field to use it for a link.
Video. Now WordPress users can embed codes for video files or simply insert the links (WordPress 3.6 supports self-hosted videos).
Audio. WordPress 3.6 also supports self-hosted audi files. One can add an audio file to the site by inserting a link or embedding the code.
Quote is another option available for WordPress users. Now one has got a field for the quote source and website URL to refer to.
The thing is, no matter how many improvements have been done, there’s always a room for debates and new discussions. That’s probably the good thing. That’s exactly what makes WordPress so popular! WordPress communities always improve its features and cater to the needs and demands of the end users. WordPress community will move only forward and hence, we all need to accept it and work with the new standards to achieve better results.
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