Dummy Content Filler Resources for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla Developers

Having to repeatedly create content to flesh every new web project is not only time consuming, it is also very, very frustrating. You have to create new posts, pages, menu items, categories, tags, users… and … and on. The sad thing is you have to do this, your web design has to be thoroughly sanity checked, there is no other way to do it. Or is there?

Thankfully, there are helpful resources that can take the mundanity out of adding content to your fresh designs. In this article we take a look at some simple, yet very useful, resources that will help populate your WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal designs with content, all with a couple clicks.

Not only will you find WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal dummy content filler resources, we have also listed some universal generators and tools (only the really cool ones) for dummy text and images.

Dummy Content Resources for WordPress

Lorem Ipsum Test Post Pack from Think Design
This lorem ipsum .xml test pack from Think Design includes categories, sub-categories, pages, sub-pages, 30 test posts, tags, thumbnails via custom fields, and a "Testing the Elements" post so that you can test html elements, such as <h2>, <blockquote>, etc.

WordPress Dummy Data – Test That Theme! from ChurchCrunch
This dummy data contains everything that a theme might express in a blog post, with a bunch of tags, categories, child-cats, child-pages, comments, gravatar-support, etc…

WP .XML Test Data Import from Design Woop
This XML file, from Design Woop, will import the following: 5 Pages, with full content; 10 Posts, with content, including Tags, Categories and Excerpt; 21 Unique Tags; 11 Unique Categories; 10 Unique Comments, including several from the ‘Tester’ user (Administrator); 7 Default Links; 1 Post (under category ‘Bullet List’) contains a Bullet List; 1 Post (under category ‘Numbered List’) contains a Numbered List.

Easier Theme Development with Sample WordPress Content from WPCandy
WPCandy have put together a useful collection of posts, tags, categories, and pages into an XML file, here are some of the things this included: Multiple posts with different elements in each; 12 Posts to force pagination; Blockquotes, lists – ordered and unordered – and floating images; Comments on a few of the posts; Parent, child, and grandchild categories and pages; Tags; Multiple months for the archives.

WP Dummy Content (Plugin)
WP Dummy Content (Plugin)
WP-Dummy-Content is a WordPress plugin that will generate a bunch of pages, sub-pages and posts which you specify. Titles and content are automatically generated for you as well, and you have a few choices as to the type and length of content. You also have the very useful option of generating content for an entire site with one click, and with another click you can delete all content created by the plugin.
WP Dummy Content →

Demo Data Creator (Plugin)
Demo Data Creator (Plugin)
Demo Data Creator is a WordPress, WPMU/MultiSite and BuddyPress plugin that allows you to create demo users, blogs, posts and comments.
The plugin gives you a new admin screen where you can enter some parameters, click a button and (after a short wait) random demo data will be created. The parameter options include:

* Number of users to create
* Number of blogs per user (for WPMU/MultiSite)
* Whether users must have a blog
* Number of categories in each blog
* Number of posts in each blog
* Number of paragraphs in each blog post
* Number of pages in each blog
* Number of top-level pages
* Number of levels to nest pages
* Number of comments per post for each blog
* Number of links in blogroll for each blog

Demo Data Creator (Plugin) →

Theme Unit Test from the WordPress Codex
You could also try the basic dummy content from the WordPress Codex.

Dummy Content Resources for Drupal

Devel Module
Devel is a suite of modules that generates dummy users, nodes, and taxonomy terms.
It also includes helper functions for Drupal developers and inquisitive admins. The module can print a summary of all database queries for each page request at the bottom of each page. The summary includes how many times each query was executed on a page (shouldn't run same query multiple times), and how long each query took (short is good – use cache for complex queries).

Designreview Module
Drupal module which helps make it easier to get an overview of a themes design by gathering important html elements into one page allowing you to compare them all at once.

Static Module
Static is another useful module that offers example content to aid Drupal theme developers during development.

North Drop – Sample Database for Drupal
North Drop is an install profile which uses devel_generate (dumy content generation module) to make fake content depending on settings provided during the install.

Dummy Images Module
Dummy images is a module to generate dummy images for Drupal. It allows you to see a live preview of the new imageas you type and allows for a maximum image size of 2560×1600.

Dummy Content Resources for Joomla

Mass Content Component for Joomla! 1.5 & 1.0
Mass Content Component for Joomla! 1.5 & 1.0
The Mass Content Component has been created to improve efficiency to test designs and create content for customers. With only a couple of clicks this extension will allow you to: Create multiple pages(static and non static) with only titles; Add these pages to a section and a category; Link the created pages to a menu; Add some intro text; Edit some parameters (published, access level..); Create multiple sections and categories with a similar way; Delete content, categories and sections.
Mass Content Component →

Quickcontent for Joomla! 1.5
Quickcontent for Joomla! 1.5
The Quickcontent Ajax Joomla! component speeds up the process of creating content and menus. It adds new articles, sections and categories , creates corresponding menu items and fills articles with "lorem ipsum" text for easier layout testing.
Quickcontent →

Dummy Image for Joomla! 1.5
This Dummy Image Plugin replaces a tag within Joomla content (or a Joomla Custom HTML-module) with an image, without having to create, upload and apply any image in your Joomla site. It allows you to develop, prototype, design and/or test the usage of images in your web site quickly.

Dummy Text for Joomla! 1.5
This Dummy Text Plugin replaces a tag within Joomla articles (or a Joomla Custom HTML-module) with Dummy Text, Ordered or Unordered Dummy Lists and/or Dummy Words.

General Dummy Content Generators

Fillerati – Faux Latin is a Dead Language
Fillerati - Faux Latin is a Dead Language
Fillerati, built using HTML5 & CSS3, is cool new dummy text generator for everyone that is fed up with boring 'Lorem Ipsum' text.

Fillerati – Faux Latin is a Dead Language →

adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator
adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator
adhesiontext is a dynamic text tool that generates a dummy text paragraph with the set of characters submitted by the user.
adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator →

Blind Text Generator
Blind Text Generator
This handy tool helps you create dummy text for all your layout needs.
Blind Text Generator →

Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience
Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience
Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience →

General Dummy Image Generators

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator – DummyImage.com
Dynamic Dummy Image Generator - DummyImage.com
DummyImage.com not only allows you to choose the image dimensions,it also allows you to choose the background and foreground colors of the dummy image, you can add your own text, select industry standard ad sizes and you can select your prefered format (JPG, PNG or GIF). Very cool app :)
Dynamic Dummy Image Generator – DummyImage.com →

Ipsum Image – Placeholder Image Generator
Kinda like Lorem Ipsum text, but for images. Dynamically generates placeholder images of any size up to 4000×4000, useful for doing initial layouts of web designs before actual images are available. Inspired by DummyImage.com.

The Random Image Generator
The Random Image Generator
The random image generator is a free tool that will generate placeholder or dummy images in your specific dimensions. The images are randomly generated abstracts.
The Random Image Generator →

Placehold.it – Quick and simple image placeholders
Placehold.it - Quick and simple image placeholders
Placehold.it – Quick and simple image placeholders →

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