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How to Create Dummy Content in WordPress

How to Create Dummy Content in WordPress

When installing a new theme on a fresh website, there is nothing shown on the template. No matter how premium the theme is, it would look bleak in that case. If you need to test the theme but cannot edit all content within a short time, you should give a thought to dummy content. That allows you to fill the website with demo content and then test if there is something inappropriate.

We introduce two methods in this guide to create WordPress dummy content for your fresh website. One method is theme unit test data and the other one is WordPress plugin. Both help you import dummy content easily.

Method 1: Create Dummy Content Using Theme Unit Test Data

WordPress theme unit test data is an XML file including a great deal of dummy content. That is used to create quick content so as to test if the theme is ready for all elements on your website, like comments, widgets, formatting, and so on. Before everything, access to the theme unit test data and then save all data as an XML file on your computer.

Theme Unit Test Data

Having the theme unit test data file downloaded on the computer, it’s time to import the data to your WordPress website. Log into your WP admin and go to Tools > Import. Select WordPress from the list of systems. A window pops up and asks you to install WordPress Importer plugin. Install this plugin as required and that will help you import the test data with ease.

Install WordPress Importer Plugin

Upon activation, you are redirected to the Import WordPress page. Click “Choose File” button and select the test data file you’ve downloaded just now. And then, upload this file and import it to your website.

Upload File and Import

Customize the author information or leave the default settings. That depends. Check the option “Download and import file attachments” option and click “Submit” button to confirm all settings. And then, click the link “All done. Have fun!” and access to Dashboard Home page.

Assign Authors Import Attachments

Check if there are a large number of demo posts and pages included in your website. If so, you have successfully imported the theme unit test data in your website. Preview your website and make sure that all content is displayed properly. Since everything is ready, you should get started to set up your fresh website. Here, we would like to show you a demo posts list as below.

Demo Posts

Method 2: Create Dummy Content Using WordPress Plugin

The method 2 is great for webmasters who prefer to solve problems using plugin. The selected plugin is FakerPress. This plugin enables a simple way to generate dummy content to a WordPress website. Once being installed on your website, the plugin can generate random featured image, HTML, meta information, users file or other fake date. That helps you test whether a theme or plugin can work well.

Also, you are allowed to add or remove the dummy content in anytime as needed. And now, install and activate this plugin via your WordPress dashboard.

Install FakerPress Plugin

An option “FakerPress” is shown on the sidebar since you have completed the installation. A list of items is shown under FakerPress, which is designed for generating random users, posts, comments and terms.

Generate Users: This is where to generate some fake users on the free WordPress installation. Set the minimum number and maximum number of users that will be generated. Check the option “Use HTML on your randomized user description” if needed. The “HTML tags” field is where to select the tags to be printed on user description.

And then, make a decision on how many sampling roles will be used. There is a list of user roles available here, like subscriber, administrator, student, support agent, and so on. The Meta Field Rules is where to configure field rules for generated users. Select a field type and name it properly. Finally, click “Generate” button to confirm all settings.

Generate Users

Generate Posts: This is where to create fake posts on your website. Set the quantity of fake posts and then select the range for posts date according to personal needs. Choose the sampling post types, posts parents and comment status. Determine whether to use HTML on the fake posts.

Select as many HTML tags as needed and those will be printed on the post content. The rest settings allow you to decide taxonomies, featured image rate, image providers and authors. Click “Generate” button to save all changes.

Generate Posts

Generate Comments: This is where to generate some random comments. Set the number of comments to be generated. And then, check the option “Use HTML” and select as many tags as needed. The option “Date” allows you to choose the range of posts dates. Finally, save all changes.

Generate Comments

Generate Terms: This is where to generate dummy terms. Make a decision on how many terms will be generated. Set the minimum number and maximum number as needed. And then, determine which taxonomies the terms will be created within. Having all settings done, generate the terms.

Generate Terms

Settings: The Settings page is where to erase faked date. Since you have tested the theme and find everything go well, you can go to FakerPress > Settings and delete all dummy content with one click. By the way, it is optional to set up 500px API connections.

FakerPress Settings


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