Best Alternatives To Using Lorem Ipsum

If you are a professional web designer or even one who merely dabbles in web design from time to time, chances are good that you are familiar with Lorem Ipsum. In simple terms, Lorem Ipsum is basically a nonsensical Latin based textual place holder designed to keep potential consumers focused on the design of a web site example rather than it’s content. While Lorem Ipsum does have fans, a growing number of designers are revolting against its use, complaining that it downplays the importance of content and favors style over substance. Well, what is designer to do? Here are some alternatives to using Lorem Ipsum that designers can use to better communicate their visions to consumers.

For budgets that allow, hiring a writer to create example content is the absolute best thing you can do. Writers can take the subject matter of a website and create content that is applicable, makes sense, and shows off your web design to the fullest degree. If pricing is a concern, you should be aware you can hire quality freelance writers for less than $4 per 100 words which may be fine for the draft stage. It is recommended you or your clients employ a higher quality copywriter ($10+ per 100 words) for the final website content.

OK, OK, your budget doesn’t allow a writer and it will slow down the early stages of design anyway – I get it. If this is the case, why not simply use the first paragraph from something in Wikipedia? At least the content will be readable, making the work feel more realistic and applicable. If this still doesn’t float your boat you should check out some of these alternative auto content generators that don’t have a Lorem Ipsum in sight.

Best Auto Generated Content For Web Designers

If you really like the ease of using randomly generated content, you can still mix it up and put Lorem Ipsum to bed. There are a lot of fun and humorous takes on Lorem Ipsum, ranging from cute to silly to downright unprofessional. While most are a vast improvement over Lorem Ipsum, some can be offensive or even contain hidden advertisements, so be careful and have consideration for what your potential or current client may think of you after seeing it. Here are a few random generators that get the job done without being inappropriate.

Not Lorem Ipsum

Not Lorem Ipsum

This site knows that content is (or should be) the most important thing about your website, so it uses industry specific text as filler. This not only acknowledges the importance of the text, but it also gives designers and consumers the chance to see what text, symbols, and bullet points look like on the page.

Fillerati

Fillerati

Fillerati uses English content from classic novels (think Alice in Wonderland et al.) to complete text areas, giving your web design a dignified, if not nerdy, feel. All in all, a very nice update to the idea of Lorem Ipsum.

Corporate Ipsum

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Corporate Ipsum uses business lingo and creates a mishmash of text that sort of sounds like it was written by someone who knows a little about the business sector.

Journo Ipsum

Journo Ipsum

I like this one, because the content feels up to date. Taking words and phrases floating around in the news, Journo Ipsum puts them together into less obnoxious nonsense.

Fillerama

Fillerama

Taking fun quotes from popular shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, and even Star Wars, Fillerama does a good job of making some sense and making you smile all at the same time.

BlindTextGenerator

Dummy Text Generator

This filler creator can give you both traditional Lorem Ipsum and other nonsense text from Cicero, Werther, Kafka and more.

Dummy Text Generator

Neither cutesy or gimmicky, this text generator will give you dummy text in either English or Lorem Ipsum.

Of course, the best thing to do is to get the true content in time to complete your design in order to get the most complete look at the finished product, but if this is not possible, the above alternatives will give you some dummy text that improves upon Lorem Ipsum. Remember that Lorem Ipsum has a lot of a drawbacks, including the fact that it overly uses certain letters and has odd capitalization patterns which are very different from what you would see if standard English was used in its place. Lorem Ipsum has had its day, and it is now time to move on to fresher, more professional, or even more fun alternatives.

A word of caution: while Zombie Ipsum, Beer Lorem Ipsum, and Gangster Ipsum may be amusing, not all clients will share your sense of humor, and these dummy generators have the potential to be a big turnoff and reflect poorly on your professionalism. For this reason, they are probably best avoided unless you know your client well and are certain that he or she will be amused.