Developing a WordPress Theme, especially for a client or public release, can be difficult when you use the default installation of WordPress. It only gives you one Post with a comment, and one Page to start with. Not much.

This used to be a problem for me when I start coding a new Theme. As I go, I had to create Posts and Pages, populate the comments, move publish dates around, just to have content fill up the site so I can inspect then code and style the design. I’m sure you know what I mean. So I then decided to take some time and create my own standard content that I could import and reuse, saving much more time in the future and share something with the WordPress community.

I managed to put together into an XML file, a seemingly full content site that you can import right into a new installation of WordPress. You can use it to develop your Theme or have it in a demo site to showcase your Theme’s visual styles. These are the descriptions of what you’ll get.

Posts and Pages
9 Pages including 5 Sub Pages (the “About” page renamed to avoid doubles)
14 Posts to ensure pagination
Short and long Post titles
Posts in single and multiple categories
Posts with and without tags
Password protected Post
HTML elements
Heading 1 to 6
Strong, emphasized, and striked through words
Hyperlinks
Images with captions (floated and inline), emoticons
Ordered and unordered lists two levels deep
Blockquotes
Code and preformatted text
Superscripts and subscripts
Tables and definition lists
Big and small fonts
Comments
Threaded comments for WordPress 2.7
Comments from admin
Pingback and trackback samples
Post with comments closed (with and without comments prior to closing)
Post with ping/trackbacks closed
Post with both comments and ping/trackback closed
Categories and tags
11 categories, including 2 child categories to fill the list
Category descriptions
29 tags with various post counts
Archive
14 months of archives to fill the list
How to use
Download and extract the file to your computer
Log into your Dashboard and go to Tools -> Import (or Manage -> Import for WordPress 2.6 and lower).
Select WordPress at the bottom of the list
Browse and select the XML file then hit the Upload button