An introduction to the Image Post format

Morphology includes the “Image Post Format” in addition to the “Standard” format. When you create a new post, you get the choice from within the editor window, and can be found off to the right of the editor in a meta box titled “Format“.

image post format

By default, it’s always set to “Standard“, so if you are making an Image Post format article, select the “Image” option.

To give you an idea what the Image Post format looks like, check out the screenshot below, which also shows the post title when you mouseover one:

image posts

You have two ways of displaying image posts, where the standard “category” method is best suited for the blog, you also have a special page template that will display a set number of posts (default is 12). I won’t go into the template in depth at this moment, so we will focus on setting up a category for displaying image posts.

Create a Category

  1. Go to Posts >> Categories
  2. Name your category to what you want, but to get started, we can name it Image Posts
  3. Add a description if you wish
  4. Save your category

Creating Image Posts

Creating image posts will be done just like any post. For your post summary, use the “Featured Image” setting to add your photo. Assign your post to the category you made for showing image posts, and when you are finished, click “Publish” or “Update“.

Image Post Page Template

As I mentioned earlier, there is a custom page template that is named “Image Posts” that you can use…although it does have some limitations. The main purpose of this page template is to display your image posts separate from the blog, such as a front page, or a section in another part of your website. This template is coded to load a certain number of posts and display them in the same fashion as the category would.

What you won’t have available is post navigation because this template is set to display a predefined number of posts. However, you have the option to change this from the theme customizer. By default, you will see 12 posts.

Create an Image Post Page

  1. Go to Pages >> Add New
  2. Title your page to what you want, but don’t add any content into the editor as this won’t show up. Basically we are creating a blank page.
  3. From the “Page Attributes” meta box, select the template named “Image Posts
  4. Click “Publish

Now that we’ve created our image post page, we can add it to our menu. If you decide you want this as the front page, you can go to your WordPress Settings >> Reading, and select your front page to use the Image Page you just made.

Change the Number of Posts to Display

As previously mentioned, the default post count for the image post template is twelve (12), but we can change this.

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Blog Options
  2. Find the “Image Post Template Count” setting.
    image post count
  3. Change the default 12 to whatever you want. Remember, this will display that number of posts in the template with no pagination.
  4. Click “Save & Publish”