plugin development – Sample — test — data for large WordPress install

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I’m working on a plugin, Index WP MySQL for Speed. For testing it would be helpful to have a very large WordPress installation containing many thousands of posts, pages, metadata entries, media items, users, options, and so forth. The meaning of the data doesn’t matter — it can be lorem ipsum text — but having a lot of it would be great. For my purposes I don’t care whether the media files in wp-content/uploads are available. I just want to bring my test installation’s MySQL database server to its knees.

It would be great if it were a WooCommerce test site.

(I’m aware of the theme unit test data file at https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/demo/theme-unit-test-data.xml. But it’s not big enough for my specific purpose.)

Is there some such importable dataset available? Is there some sort of tool I can leave running for many hours to generate random data? If it comes to that, how would I create such an automated content production tool?

If I must generate my own load test dataset I’ll definitely GPL it.

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O. Jones 1 month 2021-08-06T05:23:58-05:00 0 Answer 0 views 0

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    2021-08-08T09:01:18-05:00

    Few built-in wp-cli generate commands from the docs:

    # Generate posts with fetched content. 
    # See https://developer.wordpress.org/cli/commands/post/generate/
    $ curl -N http://loripsum.net/api/5 | wp post generate --post_content --count=10
    
    # Add meta to every generated term.
    # See https://developer.wordpress.org/cli/commands/term/generate/
    $ wp term generate category --format=ids --count=3 | xargs -d ' ' -I % wp term meta add % foo bar
    
    # Add meta to every generated comment.
    # See https://developer.wordpress.org/cli/commands/user/generate/
    $ wp comment generate --format=ids --count=3 | xargs -d ' ' -I % wp comment meta add % foo bar
    
    # Add meta to every generated users.
    # See https://developer.wordpress.org/cli/commands/user/generate/
    $ wp user generate --format=ids --count=3 | xargs -d ' ' -I % wp user meta add % foo bar
    

    You can also write your own wp-cli package.

    Then there are custom wp-cli packages like wp-cli-faker (I’m unrelated to it).

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