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How to Create and Customize WordPress Post Template

How to Create and Customize WordPress Post Template

Do you want to create a post template in WordPress?

Post templates allow you to use different layouts for your blog posts. Many WordPress themes come with a few different page templates, and you can also create your own if needed.

This article will show you how to easily create and customize post templates in WordPress using our very own PostX plugin. We’ll share all the options, including customizations, so you can understand how it works and what options you’re getting.

What are WordPress Post Templates?

A post template is a format that your published content utilizes. For instance, suppose you compose a post, include a title, submit a featured picture, etc. The post template determines where the post title appears, where the featured picture appears, where the main text appears, where the author’s name appears, etc.

You can only modify a single template at a time. Without the ability to store numerous templates, your choices are quite limited. For instance, what if you want to utilize a different template for articles in one category than another?

Here comes the role of custom WordPress post templates. You may customize and apply these premade structures to portions or all of your material.

What are Custom Post Templates?

For those who haven’t heard of the Single Post Template, it decides how your blog posts are planned.

Custom single post templates let you use different layouts for different blog posts, which means you can give each post a different look.

With PostX, you can build the blog post template with great Gutenberg blocks. And to make it easier to design, PostX gives you the chance to change everything about it.

Even after you publish a single template, you can use PostX to make changes to any specific blog post that uses that template.

When Do You Need a Custom Single Post Template?

Occasionally, you may want a distinct appearance and feel for particular WordPress articles. For example, you may utilize a distinct layout for highlighted articles or tales inside a particular category.

Here, a custom WordPress single post template is required.

Defaulting to the single post template based on the WordPress template hierarchy, WordPress utilizes the single post template by default. All themes include a single.php template used for all single posts by default.

Some themes may provide different templates or layout options that may be used.

It is comparable to designing a custom page template. Most WordPress themes have page templates that may be used while modifying a post or page in WordPress.

Benefits of WordPress Post Templates

Speed is the most apparent advantage of utilizing WordPress post templates. There is no need to precisely alter the structure of each new post after you’ve committed the time to create them. Instead, you can just choose the template for this article and begin working on the text.

This allows you to devote more time to other critical duties.

Whether you’re attempting to enhance your website’s search engine optimization (SEO) or your blog’s audience engagement, these templates may help you save time.

Additionally, premade templates might assist unify your content organization. Consistency may be crucial to the design of a clean, professional website. This is particularly true if you have previously implemented templates in other places on your website. For instance, if you’ve made substantial modifications to the structure of your pages, you may need to add articles that correspond.

As you may expect, it is challenging to identify flaws in a technology that alleviates your workload. So while creating the first WordPress post templates may take some time, we strongly advise you to try them, and you may thank yourself later!

WordPress, Gutenberg, and PostX

Looking for the most effective Gutenberg block plugins for your WordPress site?

Gutenberg blocks are the editor blocks used to construct content layouts in the new WordPress block editor, also known as Gutenberg. The Gutenberg editor, introduced in WordPress 5.0, is an entirely block-based editor where each piece of content is a draggable block.

By default, WordPress provides a variety of content blocks, including paragraphs, images, buttons, and lists.

However, a whole suite of plugins is currently devoted to providing bespoke content blocks for Gutenberg. However, not all give a comprehensive solution for creating a news/magazine-based website.

This is where PostX comes into play. PostX offers a comprehensive solution with massive collections of Gutenberg blocks to construct a website from the beginning. In addition, PostX has several design variants, a vast collection of premade design libraries, and beginning bundles.

How to create a WordPress Single Post Template with PostX

As you know, to start using a plugin, you have to install it first. If you want to start with the free version, you can get it in the WordPress directory.  

So, first, you need to install PostX. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that. Then comes the most important part: Creating a custom template. To create a custom template, all you need to do is:

  • PostX → Builder
  • Then click “+ Create Template.”
  • Select your desired template option.
  • You can either choose “start from scratch” or import a premade one.
  • Then you can start editing and customizing your single post template.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can start creating custom templates for single product pages. To make things simple, you can follow the below steps:

How to Customize WordPress Single Post Template

Now that you’re done with the initial procedures let’s see how you can customize WordPress single Post Templates with PostX. As is the new WordPress Gutenberg, you’ll have a block-based system. This means you must select and add blocks to get your desired output. PostX offers 18 different Gutenberg blocks, which you can use to build your single post template.

Here are the basics of what PostX is offering to create a single post template:

Post Title

Post Title
Post Title

The post’s title is just the article’s heading, called the H1 heading. As the H1 tag, it helps Google quickly figure out how your page is organized.

What PostX Offers

As it’s a fundamental thing to have, PostX offers exactly what others offer. However, PostX gives you complete freedom to customize this basic Gutenberg block.

Customizations

In the customization settings, you’ll get the following:

  • You can also change the text color if you want.
  • You’ll have total control over picking text formats, sizes, fonts, weight, height, spacing, decorations, styles, and letter cases.
  • You can adjust your title’s left, right, top, and bottom padding.
  • You choose from H1 to H6, span, and div here.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right; the same default customization for most plugins.

Post Content

Post Content
Post Content

Text, photos, infographics, and videos can all be used to create the post’s content.

What PostX Offers

With PostX, you can create, optimize and customize your content. This means more freedom.

Customizations

  • You can insert the typical drop cap.
  • Get a default width for your content.
  • Customize your content width according to your requirements.
  • You can also change the text color if you want.
  • You’ll have total control over picking text formats, sizes, fonts, weight, height, spacing, decorations, styles, and letter cases.

Post Featured Image

Post Featured Image
Post Featured Image

The featured image of a post or page reflects its topic content, tone, or overall theme. There is room for one featured image on each post and page.

What PostX Offers

PostX brought an exciting approach to this Gutenberg Block. You can insert multiple featured image blocks to satisfy your needs and requirements.

Customizations

  • Customize your image width according to your requirements.
  • Customize your image height according to your requirements.
  • Scale your image to suitably sort your image on a page.
  • Adjust the radius to give the image a classic box-shaped or oval-shaped outlook.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right.

Breadcrumb

Breadcrumbs on WordPress are links that help you find your way around. Users are presented with the higher-level categories that brought them to the current page. They also make it easy to go back to pages you’ve already seen.

What PostX Offers

PostX provides the basic breadcrumb features and makes it interesting by giving the user a complete customization option.

Customizations

  • Option to Enable/disable separator.
  • Modify text color.
  • Modify the link color.
  • Adjust the color when you hover on a link.
  • You’ll have total control over picking text formats, sizes, fonts, weight, height, spacing, decorations, styles, and letter cases.
  • Adjust breadcrumb spacing.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right.
  • Select and modify the separator symbol, color, and size.

Post Tag

A Post tag is one tool with WordPress that you can use to put your posts into groups. 

What PostX Offers

PostX offers extremely customizable post tag blocks.

Customizations

  • Enable/disable post tag label.
  • Enable/disable the post tag icon.
  • You can also change the text color if you want.
  • Choose the background color of post tag blocks.
  • Choose the border color of post tag blocks.
  • Adjust border radius.
  • You’ll have total control over picking text formats, sizes, fonts, weight, height, spacing, decorations, styles, and letter cases.
  • Adjust the space between multiple post tag boxes.
  • You can adjust your Post tag’s left, right, top, and bottom padding.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right.
  • Fully customize tag label.
  • Fully customize the Post tag icon.

Post Category

The most general way to group content on a WordPress site is with categories. A category stands for a subject or a group of subjects that are related in some way.

What PostX Offers

PostX offers extremely customizable post category blocks.

Customizations

As it is very similar to the post tag blocks, we are not mentioning all the available customization options as they have similar ones.

Post Previous and Next

Post Next Previous
Post Next Previous

The Next and Previous links help visitors find their way around your WordPress site. These link tags are some of the most powerful tools to help visitors get around your whole site.

What PostX Offers

PostX provides customizable previous and next Gutenberg blocks. Additionally, you can even showcase images regarding the next and previous posts.

Customizations

  • 3 predefined styles to choose from.
  • Enable/disable heading.
  • Enable/disable image.
  • Enable/disable title.
  • Enable/disable the divider.
  • Enable/disable navigation.
  • Enable/disable date.

Also, you will be able to customize the following option fully:

  • Content & Label
  • Title
  • Date
  • Image
  • Navigation

Post Author Box

Post Author Box
Post Author Box

The author bio box is a small space where you can put information about the person who wrote the post, links to their social media accounts, and other things. 

What PostX Offers

This is not a default option in WordPress. However, PostX brings it for you like a ready dish.

Customizations

  • 4 Predefined stylized layouts.
  • Enable/disable image.
  • Enable/disable written by text.
  • Enable/disable author bio text only.
  • Enable/disable author meta only.
  • Enable/disable the clickable link to show all posts written by the named author.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right.

Post Comment

Post Comments
Post Comments

Visitors to your site can ask questions and queries to you and each other through comments. When you approve a comment, it will show up below your post.

What PostX Offers

It’s a default thing from WordPress, but PostX makes it more manageable by handing out vast customization options.

Customizations

  • You’ll have three premade advanced layouts.

PostX has unique customization options for this block, as you can customize and modify everything in this block according to your requirement.

Post View Count

Post Views Count makes it easy, quick, and reliable to show how many times a post, page, or custom post type has been seen.

What PostX Offers

PostX removes the dependencies on themes and other specific plugins and gives you a customizable post view count Gutenberg block.

Customizations

  • Enable/disable prefix text.
  • Enable/disable the post view icon.
  • You can also change the text color if you want.
  • You’ll have total control over picking text formats, sizes, fonts, weight, height, spacing, decorations, styles, and letter cases.
  • You can change the alignment to left/mid/right; the same default customization for most plugins.
  • You can show any text on the prefix you want.
  • Alter the prefix position.

Also, you can change the following:

  • Icon Style includes color, text, size, and everything in between.

Post Reading Time

Reading time gives you an idea of how long it will take to read the post in seconds or minutes.

What PostX Offers

You don’t have to use any other plugins to get this. PostX brings post reading time blocks while making it; you already know: customizable.

Customizations

As it is very similar to the post view count blocks, we are not mentioning all the customization options.

Post Comment Count

There may be comments on your WordPress blog that need to be approved, spam, trackbacks, and pings. Unfortunately, there is no easy way for your WordPress site to show the exact number of comments.

What PostX Offers

PostX brings this Gutenberg block to showcase comment counts on a page easily.

Customizations

As it is very similar to the post view/comment count blocks, we are not mentioning all the customization options.

Related Posts

The Related Posts feature collects related information from your blog and displays it at the end of each article. It makes a list of relevant posts on your site based on the content, tags, and categories of your posts.

What PostX Offers

PostX makes this Gutenberg block adjustable the way you like on your page.

Customizations

  • Get three premade layouts.

Other primary and advanced customization is also available for this block.

Post Social Share

Post Social Share
Post Social Share

Social Share lets people share the content of your website on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linkedin, Whatsapp, Pinterest, Reddit, and other sites.

What PostX Offers

PostX lets you easily organize your social share options with this block.

Customizations

  • Enable/disable your preferred social media.
  • Change the label as per your need.
  • Make changes to the social icons.

And much more advanced options.

Post-Author Meta

The author meta shows the name of the person who wrote the work. In short, it gets the information about the current post’s author. 

What PostX Offers

While showing a post author, you might also want to have an author meta. Again, PostX leaves no stone unturned to give you complete control in page building with this block.

Customizations

Like the previous blocks by PostX, you can optimize, modify, adjust, and everything in between, like the following.

  • Color
  • Hover Color
  • Text Typography
  • Enable Avatar
  • Enable Icon
  • Enable Label
  • Alignment
  • Avatar
  • Label

Post Date Meta

It provides methods that allow you to output the date and time.

What PostX Offers

Want to show the date and time anywhere on a page? PostX makes your desires come true.

Customizations

Just like other blocks, you can modify the followings:

  • Enable Icon
  • Date/Time Format
  • Prefix Enable
  • Date/Time Format
  • Color
  • Typography
  • Alignment
  • Icon

Advanced Post Meta

Advanced Post Meta
Advanced Post Meta

Advanced post meta combines the metadata for the author’s name, the date the post was published, the number of comments, the number of views, the reading time, the list of categories, and the list of tags.

What PostX Offers

PostX thought of getting everything in one place and reducing customization time with this particular Gutenberg block.

Customizations

As PostX brings a few things to one place with this block, you’ll have all the customization options included similar to the specific ones.

  • Author Name
  • Publish Date
  • Comment Count
  • Number of Views
  • Reading Time
  • Category List
  • Tag List

Conclusion

Thinking that we were done? Not at all. This is just a basic overview of making a WordPress Post Template with PostX. And we also shared a block-specific guide for you. So, what are you waiting for? Bring your imagination into reality with PostX.

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Written byRuhul

Ruhul is a technical and SEO-driven content writer, a tech enthusiast, and a pro gamer. He loves exploring new things and has written over 1000 articles on diverse topics.

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