3 Ways to Add “Dummy” Content When Developing a WordPress Site

One of the tedious parts of developing a brand new WordPress site is making posts and pages to determine if the layout is working properly. This is especially true when it’s a magazine style layout based on categories filling the different sections. Some posts might be image based, some might be videos and others plain text.

Sometimes the client already has the content but frequently the content will come after the design.

Here are three different ways to add “dummy” content to a new WordPress site.

The manual method

Many times I’ve made the posts and pages manually, added images and whatnot and then used the lorem ipsum generator for fake content. It’s tedious but can be done quickly if your focus. And since I’m a morning person it’s one of those tasks I will save for the afternoon when my brain isn’t quite so sharp.

Two mock content plugins

  1. WP Dummy Content – This plugin will auto-generate posts, pages and sub-pages based on your specifications. For example, you can tell it to make 3 posts in the Featured category dated one week apart. I did find, however, that there had to be a post in a category for the category to be available in the selection dropdown. Before doing that the only choice was uncategorized because the default Hello World post is in that category. You can also specifiy the type and length of content. Another great feature is that all dummy content can be deleted by the plugin with just one click. This plugin says it’s compatible up to version 2.8.3 of WordPress but it worked great for me in version 3.0
  2. Demo Data Creator – This plugin creates more data than WP Dummy Content and also works with BuddyPress and WPMU. Data that can be created includes; users, categories, posts, pages and links. The text content is generated from lorem ipsum. I don’t know if this plugin has a delete all like the other one as I have not personally tested it.

How do you add content to a site in development?

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  1. says

    WP Dummy Content. Does it take a post, swap the words about and ten publish it as a new post?

    I’ve never really understood how these types of tools and plugins work, do they make sense whe nthey rearrange the words?
    .-= Dean Saliba´s last blog ..Sunday Ramblings 3 =-.

    • says

      Hi Sarah – When you are developing a new site there is a good chance that you don’t have any content yet. The dummy content is used to make sure the layout and everything is working properly.

  2. says

    Thanks for this! Two great resources I will be trying out. Just to let you know, the Demo Data one has a screenshot at the WP Plugin Directory and right at the bottom it shows a “delete all” button.

  3. says

    I had no idea there was a cheaters way for creating dummy content. In the apst I have simply used a set of posts I have saved on my desktop until I’m happy with a layout. Thanks for this post, I can finally stop looking at the ten articles on tea everytime I put a new blog together.

  4. says

    Hi Kim,
    Sorry, I don’t like fake, I want to write articles and posts I’m can stand for and have controled that everything is correct. Maybe because I’m a real estate agent and we must always control and stand for what we say or write.

    • says

      Hi Marbella – This is for when you are designing a brand new site. Often the template has been created but there isn’t any content for it yet. The fake content is to test what the layout looks like when there is content in it. Once the client has content the “fake” content is removed.

        • says

          Hi Marbella – Oh good – I was afraid the post didn’t make sense.

          I often answer comments way too early in the morning and make really odd mistakes too. :-)

  5. says

    I have always done this manually but the WP Dummy Content Plugin looks really cool. Thanks so much for the suggestion…It will make it so much easier when developing my theme preview pages.
    .-= Aj´s last blog ..Thesis Theme Review =-.

  6. says

    thanks for the article…i just used it and i was successfull in making dummy content on my new blog…thanks alot …!!

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