What should I call the archive file for a post format? Ex archive-gallery.php? (doesn't work)

I would like to create a list of all the gallery formats with a preview and some custom taxonomies thrown in.

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Well.... for querying, formats are a taxonomy parameter...so that should work.... http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Taxonomy_Parameters

Lemme loook...

And yep, here's how that works http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy#Custom_Taxonomies_display


  • Thanks @Rev. Voodoo ... that should be listed in the Post Format Codex somewhere. :)
    – MTT
    Jun 10, 2011 at 19:58
  • Probably a good idea. I guess there isn't really anything there letting you know that a post format is handled as a taxonomy.... The codex is open for anyone to edit (maybe I'll do it, if my writing skills are decent!) Jun 13, 2011 at 11:18

You don't need to create a custom template for the archive index for Post Format types. Your existing template files (taxonomy.php, archive.php, or index.php) will display them just fine.

Just use the following URL structure: www.example.com/type/{format}/, which for galleries, would be www.example.com/type/gallery/.

See here for a thorough explanation.

  • archive-postformat does not work so I assume it should be archive-post-format.php. I'll have to try that. Thanks!
    – MTT
    Jun 10, 2011 at 19:59
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    If you want to create a custom template file, the name would be taxonomy_post_format-post-format-{type}.php, which, for Galleries, would be taxonomy_post_format-post-format-gallery.php. But, again: I think using such custom template files is overkill. Jun 10, 2011 at 20:49
  • Ahh I was had a - where I needed a _ :)
    – MTT
    Jun 10, 2011 at 21:52

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