I use a <span> inside the loop and I would like to get each post format the post is containing as a class in separate spans.


If the post format is video and private: I would like to render:

<span class="format-video"></span>
<span class="status-private"></span>

So far I have tried <span <?php get_post_format_string($class); ?>></span> which did not work for me because this will render all the post formats and status in one span, not in different spans...

  • How did you add the post format 'private'? Commented May 20, 2016 at 7:27

2 Answers 2


Every post has a maximum of one format and one status. To echo the format you need:

if (get_post_format($post->ID))
    echo '<span class="format-' . get_post_format($post->ID); . '"></span>';

To echo the status you need this:

if (get_post_status($post->ID))
    echo '<span class="status-' . get_post_status($post->ID); . '"></span>';

Hopefully this is what you need.

  • Where should I place this code? I need to add the code outside <?php the_content
    – Arete
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:34
  • In the same place where your non working code is...
    – cjbj
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 21:26

You can also try <span class="<?php echo get_post_format($post->ID); ?>"></span> Additional details available here

Edited from here:

Well according to the link I provided, get_post_format() give you the post format post the post_type post.

So if you want to use it in loop, you could try

while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
   echo '<span class="'.get_post_format().'">Your content</span>';   

The above code will output a class in you're span based on the post format. For instance, if you're post is an image format the output will be like

<span class="image">You're content</span>

I hope this make sense

  • Please elaborate...
    – Arete
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 9:27

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