A better approach to post formats
There have been much buzz about the post format feature that's being added in WordPress 3.1, which I like conceptually. I have not revised the code deeply, but at first sight seems like its like some step backwards regarding the existing API. What is suggested by now is something that perfectly could have been done with an standardized taxonomy term, and the way the format is delivered seems somewhat primitive since the admin post UI remains intact and the theme have to do calculations of how to interpret the content, much like the Posterous approach and making the selection of a "format" somewhat trivial. This don't feel much different from the current "links" feature that look outdated as it uses specific PHP tags, but by now could be converted into an ordinary custom post type. Could have been enough if using radio buttons for taxonomies was in the API by default.
I think that by justifying the adding of new PHP tags for post formats should be something like actually changing the post UI by hiding or showing the relevant fields required for each kind of format, such as showing different metaboxes for quote (one for the actual quote, other for the credit), for status (hiding the title one), for video (one metabox for the raw code and the other for custom text) and the like. It may probably look better as a tab at the top of the post panel.
I agree. That would be a lot better. Gave this one 5 stars.
This has annoyed me too. Post formats are a great idea, but they are implemented in a terrible way for the end user. Picking a link should change the post editing UI to expose an actual link field. Selecting a quote should expose a different field or two to make it obvious how to format the post.
These features should also work in the bookmarklet. I shouldn't be forced to trudge through the full WordPress admin UI just to create a link post, which is supposed to be a fast, frictionless post type to begin with.
Let's be honest: the entire post formats idea was "inspired" by Tumblr, which has a fantastic editing interface for this both at Tumblr.com and in its bookmarklet. If you're having a hard time understanding the interface demands of post types, sign up for an account real quick (you only need to provide three pieces of information) and look.
Amazing Idea. And I also will add the possibility to make you own post formats 'labels'.
I mean, a post format called
'Full image post with footer image description'
I think it's better than
'2 column post'
'Image + content' is better than 'standard'
(It depends on each project)
I think we have to support this idea, and I can't belive you only have 10 votes.
indeed good idea. And maybe also extend to the posibility of specifying what and what not to show whit each post, like date, author, etc...?
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