[wp-hackers] Postformats vs Categories

Charles Frees-Melvin charles.freesmelvin at me.com
Sun Oct 30 14:42:18 UTC 2011

There is nothing wrong with using categories, but if you want to outside the box you can create your own system of Post Formats easily with Custom Fields/Post Meta like people have been doing for years, to use categories like you mention, or you could use a custom taxonomy as the format. There are endless ways to do what post formats accomplish.

In it's current format, post formats are aimed to the entry blogger that frequently changes their theme. Like Custom post types are for not those users. And if you are not those users you can easily find enough code examples to work around it. 

Charles E. Frees-Melvin

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On 2011-10-30, at 11:28, Haluk Karamete <halukkaramete at gmail.com> wrote:

> I know that the *main reason* post formats were added into the core
> was the inter-operatibility between themes and providing some
> standards across themes.  this way, one does not need to create a
> "video" category - just to be able to display video posts differently
> and tap into the post format video to achieve the same effect plus,
> the ability to use other postformat aware templates without any
> issues. i get that.
> however,
> if you do not care about the templates, ( that is you are managing a
> highly complicated web site where no ready-to-go template is going to
> help you and you are therefore using your own super-duper custom made
> template ), then the question why care about the post-formats? I want
> to make sure that if I refer to cats, wouldn't I  be better off using
> categories as opposed to using post formats?
> the reason I ask this is this...
> post formats are limited to what comes with wp. I think they are
> aside, status, .... and all together less than 10. And if you need
> more post formats types for your specific case, you are out of luck.
> but by using categories, you got no limitation. am I right?
> the bottom line question is when template standartization is not an
> issue., is there any harm using categories to address the post
> formatting matters!
> thanks
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