As seen on a postcard

I’m not sure how they got the site to generate filler in pen, but it’s a cool trick. ¬†ūüėČ



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Updates to the API

We have some new updates to the Bacon Ipsum API:

New formats: ‘text’ and ‘html’ if you need responses in something other than the default JSON format. ¬†Ex:¬†¬†(Thanks to Shawn Hooper for new formats).

Ranges for paragraphs: Need to generate a random number of paragraphs?  We support that now, just put the range in the paras parameter, ex: paras=3-7

These same updates have been made to the Any Ipsum WordPress plugin.

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Bulk generating WordPress posts with filler content using WP-CLI and the Bacon Ipsum API

I recently attended WordCamp Miami and Shawn Hooper gave an excellent talk on using the WordPress command-line interface (WP-CLI) to manage your WordPress install.  One of the items he covered was bulk generating posts so you have some initial content to use when developing a new theme or other functionality.  Check out all the slides on his site.

Using the “wp post generate” command, you can have WordPress bulk generate a specific number of posts. ¬†By default, these posts are empty, but by including a curl command to the Bacon Ipsum API, you can have the posts automatically filled with Bacon Ipsum filler content.

curl "" | wp post generate --count=50 --post_content

The one drawback to this method is the results of the API call are used for every post, so each post has the same filler content. ¬†However, using a “for” loop in the terminal, we can generate unique filler content for each post. ¬†It takes longer to generate the posts, but you will get unique content. ¬†For example, this will generate five posts with unique content.

for n in {1..5}; do curl "" | wp post generate --count=1 --post_content; done

You’ll get output that looks something like this.


I’m also thinking of adding range values or a ‘random’ parameter to the API so you can get content of varying lengths, such as 1-5 paragraphs instead of always a fixed length.

FYI, Shawn also contributed code to the Any Ipsum plugin¬†at the beginning of WordCamp Miami to allow the API to return text or HTML instead of just JSON so he could use it in his talk. ¬†It’s really great to be able to incorporate a new feature right away and many thanks to Shawn for the new features.


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Now powered by Any Ipsum

Last month, we released the Any Ipsum WordPress plugin for people that were interested in creating their own custom ipsum generator.

Since I firmly believe in dogfooding, the Bacon Ipsum generator is now completely powered by this plugin as of today!

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Any Ipsum

Ever since Bacon Ipsum launched¬†back in June 2011, a huge number of alternative ipsum generators have popped up on the net. ¬†I’m not sure if this site¬†was¬†the catalyst for this or not, but I like to think so. ¬† ūüôā

I often see “Someone should make an X ipsum…” with X being something that doesn’t exist yet. ¬†If you weren’t a developer, making your own ipsum generator could be difficult, but no more.

Today we released Any Ipsum, a WordPress plugin that will let you create your own alternative custom ipsum generator. ¬†As an example, I created a Meme Ipsum generator in just a few minutes, and eventually we’ll be converting Bacon Ipsum over to use this new plugin. ¬†It has all the features our site does: front-end HTML form, JSON API, oEmbed, etc.

So if you have an idea for the next big ipsum, give it a try! ¬†By default, it installs bacon ipsum (hey, I’m rather fond of it), but it’s very¬†easy to customize it to your liking.

Big thanks to Sarah Martin for the new logo:



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Bacon Reader

Google is using some Bacon Ipsum for their design guidelines, down in the Feed Reader sample.


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SSL on Bacon Mockup

SSL has been enabled for images on baconmockup in case you need that sort of thing:

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Fun bacon

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Chromed Bacon

In an effort to give you as many ways as possible to make your filler text even meatier, we whipped up a simple Chrome App for generating bacon ipsum text.  Source is also available on GitHub.


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A speedier baconmockup

I recently moved baconmockup over to an Amazon EC2 micro instance, mostly to improve the performance over the shared hosting it was on.  It also gives me a chance to get reacquainted with the LAMP stack (Ubuntu in this case), EC2 and the whole Amazon Web Services platform.

Enjoy your speedier meaty placeholder images!

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