Why doesn't this work?! <?php echo get_post_format_link('standard');?>

:( Any hints? All the other formats work.

  • wproots.com/using-wordpress-post-formats-to-their-fullest Down the bottom there's a snippet about archives.
    – user8782
    Sep 20, 2011 at 5:25
  • "Standard" is not a post format - it's the absence of a post format. Therefore, when no post format is set (ie: standard post), the post-format-* taxonomy is not set, and the call get_term_link() used in this function will fail.
    – shea
    Dec 7, 2012 at 21:54

3 Answers 3


Put this in your function.php

function akv3_query_format_standard($query) {
    if (isset($query->query_vars['post_format']) &&
        $query->query_vars['post_format'] == 'post-format-standard') {
        if (($post_formats = get_theme_support('post-formats')) &&
            is_array($post_formats[0]) && count($post_formats[0])) {
            $terms = array();
            foreach ($post_formats[0] as $format) {
                $terms[] = 'post-format-'.$format;
            $query->is_tax = null;
            $query->set('tax_query', array(
                'relation' => 'AND',
                    'taxonomy' => 'post_format',
                    'terms' => $terms,
                    'field' => 'slug',
                    'operator' => 'NOT IN'
add_action('pre_get_posts', 'akv3_query_format_standard');
More information here.

$args = array(
'showposts' => 9,
'tax_query' => array(
        array( 'taxonomy' => 'post_format',
              'field' => 'slug',
              'terms' => array('post-format-video','post-format-quote'),
              'operator' => 'NOT IN'
query_posts( $args );
while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

    <?php the_title(); ?>

<?php endwhile; wp_reset_query(); ?>



  • ...yeah that's great for displaying them, which isn't my problem. I just want to link to them on their "archive" page if that makes sense. I guess I could create a custom archive page to display only the standard post formats and then link to it, but that's kind of a pain in the ass, don't you think? Is there an easier way? Jul 12, 2011 at 3:22
  • Unfortunately I believe this is the only way to currently do this. As miqronaut explains below, there is no identifiable record added to the db linking a post as a 'standard' format. Only solution seems to be excluding all other formats for now. I ended up having to create a custom archive page with a custom loop similar to the one above to accomplish the same thing you are asking.
    – shawn
    Jul 12, 2011 at 6:10
  • It's a tricky thing to do, I thought they would have sorted it out by now to be honest! Jul 12, 2011 at 19:12

When you assign a non-Standard post format to a post, a record gets added to the wp_term_relationships table. This record contains your post number and the term_taxonomy_id, which joins via wp_term_relationships to the post format in wp_terms. When you assign a Standard post format to a post, no record for post format is added to wp_term_relationships. If it was previously assigned another post format and changed to Standard, the record is removed from wp_term_relationships. Unfortunately, get_post_format_link relies on having that record in wp_term_relationships, so won't work with Standard post format.

For example, when I changed a post's post format to image, a record was added to wp_term_relationships, which eventually pointed to wp_terms >> post-format-image. When I changed the post's post format to Standard, this record disappeared. In WP's codebase, get_post_format_link uses get_term_by('slug', 'post-format-' . $format, 'post_format' ), and with the missing related post format record for Standard, we all lose. :-D

This might answer your original question of why it doesn't work. I wish that I could offer a slick solution, especially given your immensely helpful WordPress posts!

  • miqronaut - Thanks for your explanation. I suspected something like this was the case. Seems like so much work to have to exclude all other formats in order to show the most normal kind of post ;) I'd say this is a borderline bug but I'm sure it probably affects very few people. I was just hoping there was an easier way that I was somehow missing. Jul 12, 2011 at 6:24

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