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Twenty Eleven

The Twenty Eleven is the default theme for WordPress in 2011. This theme is best used for blogs, photologs, or tumblelogs as it supports all the available post formats: Standard, Aside, Image, Link, Quote, Gallery, and Status. Twenty Eleven also provides you with alternate color schemes (light and dark) and layouts (one or two columns).

Twenty Eleven Theme screenshot

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The maximum content width is 585.
  2. The maximum sidebar width is 188.
  3. The header image is 1000 by 288 (width, height).
  4. The maximum width for images on attachment pages is 848.

This short guide will explain what the available Post Formats are, how to select the post format, and show you how each post format is presented.

Post Formats

What are the available Post Formats?

In addition to the Standard Format (regular blog posts) there are seven additional formats you can choose to publish. To clarify what the other Post Formats are, following is a great explanation from WordPress.com:

The Aside Format is for shorter posts of about 1 paragraph. Because they’re shorter and meant to be digested quickly the title of the Aside post is hidden on Index pages.

The Link Format looks a lot like the Aside post but if you’re using the Twenty Eleven Ephemera Widget to display a list of your recent Aside and Link posts (found in Appearance → Widgets) the title of your Link posts will point to the URL of the first link in your post instead of pointing back to the post on your blog.

The Gallery Format is meant for posts using the Gallery shortcode. Gallery posts will show a thumbnail from your galleries on Index pages.

The Status Format is for short personal updates. Each Status post will show the avatar of the post author alongside the content.

If you have a post that’s almost entirely a quote, the Quote Format will make those quotes stand out.

The Video Format is meant for posting a single video, which will appear with minimal post meta above the post to help your video content shine.

The Image Format is meant for posting one image and one image only. Here the post meta, seen below your post, is presented more like a caption for the post.

How do I create Post Formats?

Twenty Eleven Format.png

Navigate to "Posts > Add New"

Add content according to the post format you want to publish per explanation above.

Go to the "Format" box on the right sidebar and select the post format you want for this particular post.

Publish your new post.

What do those Post Formats look like?

For Twenty Eleven, following are the screenshots of the style/formatting of the different post formats.

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