A full-screen view of the Pinboard theme in action
A full-screen view of the Pinboard theme in action

Pinboard: An Excellent Personal Blog Theme Making Good Use of Post Formats


I’ve had personal blogs in the past, but they were trying to be something that they weren’t, so I would just get frustrated with them. When I recently decided that I wanted a place to write down my random thoughts, as well as bookmarking important things, or things that I want to remember, I started a new personal blog, and put it on my new personal domain name davidclements.me (some bugger had taken daveclements.me and wasn’t about to give it up!)

My first quandry was what theme to put on it. I had already decided that I really liked the idea of using post formats. Post formats all you to tailor the layout of a post depending on its content. I had recently used it successfully on our “We’re Expecting” website, and really like the way they work.

So I set about searching for recent themes that make good use of Post Formats. And in my search, I came across Pinboard (this should not be confused with the theme on wordpress.org called Pinboard, which is different). Taking inspiration from Pinterest, it makes posting all sorts of different content very simple and uses a multi-column format to do so. I elected for a 3-column format, but you can modify that.

The theme is fully-responsive, has social links built-in and has a fresh and easy-to-read format:


Then, you can make good use of the post formats to best display each post, depending on what it is. Pinboard has different layouts for every post format supported by WordPress, including links, galleries, images, audio, videos, chats and quotes. I’ve posted a few examples from my own site to give you an idea of how good they look out-of-the-box:

I personally love how the gallery format uses the Mosaic effect to take three images from the gallery and display them with the post excerpt. Marvellous!

Anyway, as you can see, it looks great, and I certainly love working with it. It’s a great way for pulling together ideas, no matter whether they’re in the form of an image, video, gallery, or even just a link. Perfect for personal blogs.

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  1. I just love the theme. It is very simple yet very ideal for a personal blog. I might try if I will going to buy a new domain. But I am still struggling on updating my current blogs, so it might take time for me to buy a new one.

  2. Hi, thanks for your article about this theme. I have a problem with Pinboard. It only displays the first few lines of my blogposts and I can’t click on the post to read more, like on your site. Could you explain how this works. I have some experience with wordpress themes, but can’t seem to figure it out. Thanks a lot!

    • I’m not sure how that would even work. The front page will automatically display the excerpt if there is one, else it will create one from the first few sentences of the blog post itself and will always link to the article. Do you have a link to look at?

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