WordPress: How to import demo post content

If you’re starting your blog from scratch, it can be helpful to import some demo content so that you can see the main theme options available.

How to automatically import the demo content

If your site contains no blog posts, you can automatically import demo content by going to Appearance > Import Demo Content. If this option is not displayed for you, you can add it by installing the One Click Importer plugin. This will add the option to automatically import the content.

This feature will also import some example widgets too.

How to manually import some demo content

It is also possible to import some demo post content manually via the steps below.

1. Download this file by right-clicking and selecting “Download linked file as…”. The text for this option might be different depending on your browser. Save the file to your desktop.

2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard. Then go to “Tools > Import”:

3. Select “WordPress Import” from the options:

4. Upload the file which you downloaded in step 1. Click “Upload file and import”.

5. Do not change any of the options on the next page. Click “Submit” to continue.

If the import was successful, you should now have 20 blog posts which are displayed on your homepage.

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    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Dylan, this version does not, however if you get in touch via the ‘contact us’ button at the top of this page we can send you the full content import.

  1. Stephanie


    I keep getting an error message from the dashboard when trying to upload.

    Sorry, there has been an error.
    This does not appear to be a WXR file, missing/invalid WXR version number

    Can you please help me?



    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Steph, if you go to Appearance > Import Demo Content you can import the content without needing to follow this guide. It’s a new feature 🙂

      If that isn’t showing, you’re welcome to send login details via the ‘contact us’ button above. I’ll import the content for you.

  2. Alex

    Hi Phil,
    I’ve tried importing my Blogger blog to WordPress.org via your template but my blog along with my photos and comments haven’t copied over and aren’t showing. I’ve tried disabling all the other plugins and reimporting it but I’m stumped. Any advice?
    Thank you!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Alex, this could be related to a number of factors during the import process. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be possible for us to know without performing the migration itself. If you contact your WordPress host they may be able to assist you. If the migration does not work out, you may be interested in our migration service which we can guarantee will work.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Maisha, you can delete the content any time by going to the “Posts” section of your dashboard.

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