Ever since WordPress 3.1 came out, I had been looking for ways to utilize the new Tumblr-inspired Post Formats. I’m using the Thesis theme framework right now and despite the rock-solid support from DIYThemes, there’s still no word on when Post Formats would be supported by Thesis.
So in the meantime, I’ve been searching and scouring the net for WordPress themes that readily support the new Post Formats and not just the “Asides” and “Gallery” formats that is standard to the most recent version of the 2010 theme. Unfortunately, the theme development community seems to have been slow in creating or updating their themes to support and take advantage of the new Post Formats in WP 3.1.
Why am I looking for a Post Format-ready theme? It’s because I want to post content on my WordPress-powered blogs the way I can with Tumblr but one of the things that keeps me from totally switching sides is the reliability issue of their servers.
In an editorial on WPCandy contributed by Joshua Strebel, co-founder of Page.ly, in which he asked whether or not Tumblr has become the new WordPress, has put forward a valid observation:
Putting aside the flack Tumblr has gotten for their downtime issues of late, they seem to have captured a segment of the market that wants and desires simplicity. WordPress, for all it’s amazing innovation these past few years striving to become the top dawg in the CMS space, may have alienated the users that were happy with a simplified blogging experience.
And this is in line with one of the major goals for the upcoming WordPress 3.2 – cleaning up the Add New Post page which had been constantly invaded by custom functions/features from themes and plugins.
Hopefully, the clean up of the interface would not only give us a ‘distraction-free writing’ environment within WordPress itself, it would also be updated to reflect a more Tumblr-like back end where fields relevant to a chosen “post format” would only be the ones shown.
In addition, I hope the Dashboard would also be updated and given a clean look so that Writing New Posts in any Post Format we choose could be easy to spot and be no more than a one or two mouse-clicks away like in the present layout.
Now that Post Formats have been built into the core of WordPress, the next logical step would be to update the backend UI or Dashboard to reflect these changes and take full advantage of the added features.
WordPress may have become ‘too complex’ for bare-bones bloggers who simply want to write away once they logged in, but it doesn’t diminish the fact that WordPress as a platform, whether you consider it as a blog platform or full-blown CMS, can readily serve both needs and types of users and provide so much more.