[wp-hackers] Postformats vs Categories

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sun Oct 30 15:08:53 UTC 2011

Post Formats are nothing more than a custom taxonomy with some fancy
template tags wrapped around it. If that taxonomy benefits your use-case,
then use it; but (especially in a client site) if that taxonomy does not
benefit your use-case, then don't use it.

Everything you can do with the Post Formats taxonomy, you can do with the
Category or Post Tags taxonomy, or with another custom taxonomy. (Consider
that, at least in part, the entire concept was born out of the Matala
Theme, that incorporated custom Loop output for the "gallery" and "aside"

So, there's really no canonical right-or-wrong answer here; use what works
best for your use case, and for your users.


On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM, 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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