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  • In the list of posts on my admin page my under the title of my most recent post, and above the options to edit etc, the word “-standard” appears. That does not appear with regard to any of the other 30 or so posts on the blog. I don’t know that it is a problem, but I have no idea where it came from and that troubles me.

    I am using the choco theme and the latest WordPress SEO by Yoast. The post is at

    Thank you,


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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Have you tried:

    – deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    – switching to the Twenty Eleven theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    Well, I am not even sure it is a problem. First, I wonder what “standard” means. Any ideas?

    it’s not normal – so something is inserting it.
    esmi gave good advice

    Hi modemjunkie,

    Did you ever find out what was causing this issue?

    I am seeing the same thing next to just one post title in the dashboard.

    Esmi or Samuel:
    I have tried deactivating the plugins to no avail.

    I would now like to reset the plugins folder and am wondering if I need to deactivate all plugins first.

    Oh, I see in the Codex that this reset procedure effectively deactivates the plugins, so I’ll give it a try.

    Update: resetting the plugins folder did not resolve this issue Neither did switching to the Twenty Eleven theme. The word “Standard” still appears next to that post….

    I found this article about “post formats” in the Codex:

    It says” “Note: When writing or editing a Post, Standard is used to designate that no Post Format is specified. Also if a format is specified that is invalid then standard (no format) will be used.”

    So I wonder if this has something to do with it. I don’t believe my theme (ProSense) supports post formats, since I don’t see any options for selecting a format or “post type” when composing a post.

    I’m hesitant to start fiddling with the code since this “issue” is, as far as I know, not causing any “problems”. But like the OP, I’d like to understand why it’s affecting only one post.

    Any advice here would be much appreciated! i.e. can I just append:

    // add post-formats to post_type ‘page’
    add_post_type_support( ‘page’, ‘post-formats’ );

    // add post-formats to post_type ‘my_custom_post_type’
    add_post_type_support( ‘my_custom_post_type’, ‘post-formats’ );

    to the end of my functions.php file?

    But where do I define my custom post type?

    Standard is used to designate that no Post Format is specified

    Yes, I understand that.

    But why is that designation only (suddenly) showing up on one post, published nearly two months ago, when the dashboard does not provide an option for designating Post Format.

    Precisely. It hasn’t shown up an any of my other posts. I made a test edit on the post in question, but that didn’t change anything. BTW: I use the choco theme if that makes a difference.

    Here’s the solution I found:

    I added Post Formats support for my theme by adding this single line of code in the functions.php file:

    add_theme_support( ‘post-formats’, array( ‘aside’, ‘gallery’,’link’,’image’,’quote’,’status’,’video’,’audio’,’chat’ ) );

    This resulted in the Post Format menu appearing in the post editor (select 2 column view if it doesn’t show up).

    For the rogue post, there were two “standard” format options showing, one at the top of the list, and one at the bottom. The one at the bottom was selected, so I selected the one at the top instead. After that, the one at the bottom disappeared, and now the post is listed normally, without that word appended.

    More about adding Post Format support here:

    I’m seeing “standard”, too, in my post listing. Like the OP found, it’s not a problem, more a curiosity.

    I don’t know how to fix it, but the cause – in my case – appears to be drafting or editing the post in the iPad version of WordPress. Based on what’s been said by the rest of you, I suspect the iPad version removes any non-standard formatting you may use on your PC or Mac.

    @kekepana is correct. I investigated this myself after finding that appended to some posts after editing in the iPad version of WordPress. I ran some tests and immediately after any changes were made in WordPress for iPad that post format notice was appended in the web version.

    I’m not sure what to do about it. This is obviously a bug in WordPress for iPad, which isn’t a great app by any stretch but does a better job than just editing in the browser on the device. But at least we know what’s causing it.

    Unfortunately, editing in a browser does not remove the reference to “Standard”. Once it’s there it will stay unless you employ some kind of workaround like adding Post Formats (a real pain imho).

    In the real world, what difference does it make if “standard” appears. I don’t see any difference between post I make in which it appears and those in which it doesn’t.

    In the real world, what difference does it make if “standard” appears. I don’t see any difference between post I make in which it appears and those in which it doesn’t.

    It doesn’t make any significant difference if you’re a single operator working on your own blog. But when you design sites for teams of authors, most of whom are not in any way technical, and especially when you have a business category or specialty already named “Standard” then they totally freak out because they think their posts are related to that category when they aren’t.

    The bottom line, though, is that this is a bug and any bug is potentially serious. If WordPress for iOS is writing an incorrect post format designation then who knows what other information could potentially be corrupted.

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