A new major version of Dummy Content has been released, featuring more content for dummies! No - really, it comes with various improvements and a revamped documentation!

Dummy Content is the Joomla! plugin that helps you automatically place random dummy text into your Articles (or any other content). This can be done with your own specified preferences for the amount of paragraphs, sentences, words and much more. You also have the ability to enter lists, dummy email addresses and even random dummy images with custom dimensions.

The extension is ideal for when you're creating a new Joomla website and want to fill your articles with dummy text.

A new and improved version of Dummy Content - version 7, has been released today, and the documentation has been expanded as well.

How to use it

Dummy Content can place dummy text into your article via two alternative methods: direct content, and dynamic tag.

You can use the dedicated Editor Button to enter any of the two methods.

Dummy Content - Editor Button popup

Dummy Content allows you to choose between these Content Types:

  1. Kitchen Sink
  2. Paragraphs
  3. Sentences
  4. Words
  5. List
  6. Title
  7. Email
  8. Images.

Insert Content

With the first method, a pre-rendered dummy text will be placed directly into your article, based on your Content Type and Options selection.

You can then save the article and that dummy content is actually in the article text.

The editor button will generate the appropriate content based on your specified Content Type and Options in the editor button popup.

Insert Tag

In alternative, you can also choose to place a special dynamic tag into your content: {dummy}. You can place this tag anywhere you can enter content in Joomla.

With this method, Dummy Content will then replace that tag in the frontend with a dynamically generated dummy text.

The editor button will automatically generate the appropriate tag based on your specified Content Type and Options in the editor button popup.

But you are also free to enter the tag manually. Here is a quick rundown on how the tag syntax works:

Default Type

The simple {dummy} tag will place the default content type based on the Dummy Content default settings.

Default Number of a Type

To place a specific content type while keeping its default settings, you can use a {dummy [content_type]} tag.

For example {dummy paragraphs} will place the amount of paragraphs specified in the Dummy Content default settings.

You can also use a short syntax with just the letter initial of a certain type - for example for paragraphs you can use {dummy p}.

Specific Number of a Type

You can overrule any setting inside the tag to make it output exactly what you want: any number of paragraphs, sentences, words, lists, images, etc.

This is done with a attribute="value" syntax - which you might recognise from how html works.

For example, to specify how many number of paragraphs you want to output, you can do so by using {dummy paragraphs="5"}.

The same applies to all other content types. See the Content Types section in the documentation for all the details on each content type and on how the respective tag works.

More Options

Dummy Content offers additional options to customize the generated content, such as Word Lists and Diacritical Marks.

If you want to add extra attributes to the tag, but you want to use the default number of a type, you will need to place the content type in its own attribute too. This is done with a type="..." syntax.

For example, {dummy type="paragraphs" wordlist="greek"}.