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How do "Format" options work?

  1. How do the "Format" choices change the appearance of my blog? I check the different boxes --Standard, Aside, Image, Video, Quote, Link & Gallery, but nothing changes.

    The blog I need help with is homewoodatlarge.wordpress.com.

  2. Hello Homewoodatlarge,

    The effect(s)/affect(s) of Post Formats varies depending on the Theme, and for more information about this read:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-formats/

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/post-formats/

    Good luck,
    -John Jr

  3. I've read both articles and tried the formats out, as you suggested, in a draft, using the preview function. I see absolutely no difference. I also double-checked the Coraline theme, which it says uses different formats. Also, the two articles suggested don't show side-by-side comparisons of the different formats. Also, after reading the articles, don't see the how the "quote format" works, or how "block quote" function works, or how they work together.

    It may be that I still don't know what I'm doing.

  4. Post formats are options provided for those folks who "blog on the go". They carry tend to be mobile or tablet users and post a little this and a little that to their blogs by using post formats. The post format selection is found in the far right hand column after you click to create a new post at the bottom in the Format module. I am a conventional blogger using a desk top. My readers expect full posts and not just little post format type posts so despite the fact my theme offers post formats I don't use any except the Standard one and it's unlikely I ever will.

  5. "carry" was not meant to appear above - sorry :(

  6. @Homewoodatlarge

    The Coraline theme is an older theme, I suggest doing/trying an experiment, try the Twenty Thirteen theme (http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentythirteen/); and see if you notice a difference between Post Formats then, and if you notice a difference then you will know that maybe you should try another theme instead of the Coraline theme if Post Formats are important to you.

    Good luck,
    -John Jr

  7. @Timethief

    Yeah, I only use the Standard Format as well, and I only use a desktop/laptop.

    -John Jr

  8. Somehow just hearing that you all are "traditional" bloggers that use a desktop makes me feel much better.

    I WILL look into new themes, John Jr., as frightening as it is to contemplate making a change.

    Thank you!

  9. Somehow just hearing that you all are "traditional" bloggers that use a desktop makes me feel much better.

    I WILL look into new themes, John Jr., as frightening as it is to contemplate making a change.

    Thank you!

  10. @Homewoodatlarge

    Welcome to the club. ;)

    Good luck experimenting with new themes, remember you can always Preview themes without Activating them, and you can try a theme for a few minutes and switch back to your original theme if you want to. ;)

    You are welcome and have a good day Homewoodatlarge. :)

    -John Jr

  11. @homewoodatlarge
    Changing themes is not formidable at all. You can quickly and easily change themes to another one found here http://wordpress.com/themes/ and no data will be lost or negatively affected by the change. The only time you may have to do some work is if you are changing to a dramatically different theme and have done any CSS editing.

    Provided you are logged in as Admin under the same username account that registered the blog go to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and browse themes until you find one you like and click "activate" or type in the name of the theme you want to use and
    click the "activate" link when it appears.

    After you change your theme all you need to do is go here Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Inactive Widgets and re-install them where you want them to appear. The widget contents and settings will be the same as they were prior to changing themes.

    Best wishes with your blog.

  12. Not to belabor this topic, except for one more follow-up, but if I choose a theme with a customizable header, as I have now with Coraline, and supposing the header dimensions are similar, will my header photo automatically go in place, or will I have to fiddle with it? That's what's really holding me back, since it took literally weeks for me to figure it all out the first time.

  13. Changing header size is usually easy. You select the existing header here > Appearance > Header and the software prompts you to crop it.

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