Dummy Content Filler for Theme Developers

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Having to create repeatedly content to flesh every new web project is not only time consuming, but 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 post, 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 just a couple of clicks.

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

Dummy Content Resources for WordPress

Lorem Ipsum Test Post Pack

Lorem Ipsum Test Post Pack: This lorem ipsum XML test pack 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

WordPress Dummy Data – Test That Theme!: 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

WP .XML Test Data Import: 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.

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.

Demo Data Creator

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. It 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.

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 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 the same query multiple times), and how long each query took (short is good – use cache for complex queries).

Designreview Module

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.

North Drop – Sample Database for Drupal

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 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

Dummy Image

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

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, built using HTML5 & CSS3, is cool new dummy text generator for everyone that is fed up with boring 'Lorem Ipsum' text.


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.

Blind Text Generator

Blind Text Generator

Blind Text Generator is a handy tool that helps you create dummy text for all your layout needs.

Lorem 2

Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience

Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience →

General Dummy Image Generators

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator

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).

Ipsum Image

Ipsum Image – Placeholder Image Generator: Kind of 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.


Placehold.it – Quick and simple image placeholders.