An introduction to the Gallery Post Format

When you have seen WordPress themes with post formats, you may notice that they mostly look the same without any special custom style…very boring. So with Aberration, I decided to apply a little portfolio concept in with a gallery concept to display your posts that are assigned to the Gallery Post Format. Because this format has a unique style, I would recommend you separate your gallery post formats from the standard blog home page by using a plugin called “Simply Exclude” to give you a lot more flexibility, but also because of the styling this format offers won’t look that great in a typical blog.

The idea is to give you the ability to create a faux (fake or imitation) portfolio while giving you full blog capabilities when posting, since your posts will go into an actual category. To show you what this gallery format looks like, check out the live demo:

Gallery Post Format

You can setup several categories and create a menu that points to each gallery portfolio. As you mouseover each thumbnail, you get an overlay with a title and category showing….the title is clickable to take you to the full post of that item.

gallery format demo

Thumbnail Sizes

You have a couple options available to you when it’s time to create your featured images.

  1. Manually crop and size your featured images before uploading – Make sure they are all consistent in size to maintain an even layout and style.
  2. Turn on the auto thumbnail feature which creates a 620×380 thumbnail when you upload a featured image for your gallery post.

WARNINGWhen using the auto thumbnail setting…every image you upload in your site gets a 620×380 thumbnail created, even if you don’t use it. This setting is also used if you select the Grid Blog Layout style.

To Enable the Auto Thumbnail Setting

  1. Go to Appearance >> Blog Options
  2. Look for the “Add Grid and Gallery Thumbnails” setting and check the box to enable it.
    grid gallery thumbnail setting
  3. Click Save & Publish

Creating a Gallery Post

  1. Go to Posts >> Add New
  2. Create your post as you normally would
  3. Select “Gallery” from the “Format” box
    select gallery format
  4. Upload your thumbnail from the “Featured Image” box
    gallery featured image
  5. Assign your post to the appropriate category
  6. Publish your post

Choose How Many Posts to Show

By default, your Reading Setting in WordPress gives you the choice of how many posts to show per page. This will also affect the Gallery Post Format when using a separate category and when you exclude these posts from the main blog home page. You will get a post navigation show up below the gallery posts as you exceed the post count for that page. 

NOTE It should be noted that your page will display up to 4 posts side-by-side before it goes to a new row.

To Change your Post Count

  1. Go to Settings >> Reading
  2. Look for the “Blog Pages show at most” setting and make your choice. I would recommend setting it in multiples of 4, 8, 12, etc.
    post count
  3. Click “Save Changes

Change the Overlay Colours

When you mouseover each thumbnail, you get an overlay with text on top of it. You can change the colours…

  1. Go to Appearance >> Colours 
  2. Look for the “Gallery Post Format Overlay” settings and make your changes.
    gallery post colour settings
  3. Click “Save & Publish