Generate: Groups

Haven’t set up any Keywords yet?  You’ll need to do this first – read how to manage Keywords.

Group contains the settings and content that you want to use when generating Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types.

Click on the Page Generator Pro menu entry in the WordPress Administration, and then click Generate.
Page Generator Pro: Generate: Menu

Add a Group

  • Click the Add New button below the Title:
    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Add New Group Button

Edit a Group

  • Click on the Edit text below the Group you want to edit:
    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Group Actions

Duplicate a Group

  • Click on the Duplicate text below the Group you want to make a copy of:
    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Group Actions
  • The Group will then be displayed with Copy added to the end of the Title.

Delete a Group

Either:

  • Use the checkboxes to the left of the Group(s) you wish to delete, and then choose Move to Trash from the Bulk Actions dropdown
    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Delete Bulk Action
  • Hover the mouse cursor over the Group, and then click Trash:
    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Group Actions

Using Keywords in Groups

Your defined Keywords can be used in most areas of a Group.  Depending on the field you’re editing, you can use the Insert Keyword dropdown option:
Page Generator Pro: Generate: Keyword Dropdown

Alternatively, you can manually insert keywords by using the curly braces option.  For example, to add a defined Keyword called city, you’d use {city}
Page Generator Pro: Generate: Keyword Curly Braces

You can insert Keywords manually into any content-based text field, even if the Insert Keyword dropdown isn’t present.  For example:

  • Title
  • Permalink
  • Content
  • Excerpt
  • Custom Fields
    • Meta Key
    • Meta Value
  • Taxonomies (where non-hierarchal e.g. tag based)

Transforming Keywords

The output of keyword terms can be transformed, by using a flag after the keyword.  For example, if you have a {city} keyword with the term Birmingham, West Midlands:

Transformation Syntax Output
Uppercase: {city:uppercase_all} BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Lowercase: {city:lowercase_all} birmingham, west midlands
Capitalise first letter: {city:uppercase_first_character} Birmingham, west midlands
Capitalise first letter of each word: {city:uppercase_first_character_words} Birmingham, West Midlands
Convert to Permalink style slug: {city:url} birmingham-west-midlands

Content

  • Title: The Title for each generated Page, Post or Custom Post Type. Supports keywords, which can be inserted manually or by clicking on the relevant keywords below.  A different keyword data item is then chosen for each generated Post.
  • Content: The content for each Page, Post or Custom Post Type. Also supports keywords, which can be inserted manually or by clicking on the keyword button within the Visual Editor.
Refer to the Shortcode Documentation to cover how to use Shortcodes within the Content.
Using a Page Builder?  Refer to the Page Builders Documentation for Page Builder specific steps you may need to follow.

Permalink

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Permalink

Automatically generated, but again can be manually specified with keywords.   A different keyword data item is then chosen for each generated Post.

We don’t recommend using Spintax here, as it may result in multiple Pages having the same Permalink, causing confusion when you expect more content to have been generated than the actual result.  This is by design, as each Page must have its own unique Permalink.

Excerpt

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Excerpt

Don’t see an Excerpt option?  It’s only displayed if the Post Type you’re generating supports Excerpts (such as Posts).

Allows you to specify the excerpt for each Post that is generated.  Keywords can be used here by clicking the Insert Keyword dropdown, and clicking the keyword tag to use.


Custom Fields

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Custom Fields

You can add, edit or delete custom fields (Post Meta fields) to each generated Page:

  • To add a Custom Field, click the Add Custom Field button, and then define the Meta Key and Meta Value.
  • To edit an existing Custom Field, change the Meta Key and/or Meta Value to suit.
  • To delete an existing Custom Field, click the delete link below the Meta Key field.
You’ll use Custom Fields to define the required metadata for your SEO Plugin.  Read this documentation for further instructions.

Author

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Author

You can specify the Author of the generated content, or have Page Generator Pro randomly choose a WordPress User at random for each Page/Post generated.

  • Author: Specify the Author of the generated content.  Ignored if the Rotate option below is checked.
  • Rotate: If checked, this option will choose a different Author for each Post that is generated.  If not checked, an additional option will appear, allowing you choose which Author should be assigned to the Post.

Discussion

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Discussion

Don’t see any Discussion Options?  They are only displayed if the Post Type you’re generating supports Comments (such as Posts).
  • Allow comments: Choose to allow comments to be added to each generated Post.
  • Allow trackbacks and pingbacks: Choose to allow trackbacks and pingbacks to be added to each generated Post.

Publish

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Publish

  • Post Type: Choose the Post Type to generate.  This might be Pages, Posts or any registered Custom Post Types provided by your themes or plugins.
  • Status: Choose the status of each generated Page
    • Draft: Saves each generated Page as a draft.  You’ll then need to go to each Page and manually publish them if you want visitors to see them.
    • Scheduled: Schedules publication of each Page.  The first Page will be published immediately on Page Generation, with additional Pages being scheduled based on the Schedule Increment setting
    • Private: Saves each generated Page as private.
    • Published: Publishes each generated Page.
  • Schedule Increment: When Status = Scheduled, this option appears, allowing you to define the scheduled publication date and time relative to the last generated Page.

Generate

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Generation

We’ve written a separate detailed guide on how each Generation Method works.

In conjunction with the Method option, there are other generation settings which work in conjunction:

  • Overwrite: Enable this option to overwrite existing generated Pages.  This will happen if all of the following conditions are met:
    • The Permalink of the generated Page matches an existing Permalink for a generated Page, and
    • The existing generated Page was generated by this Plugin’s Group.
  • No. Posts: Choose the number of Posts to generate.  If zero or blank, Page Generator Pro will attempt to produce all possible combinations based on the above generation method.
    If the Number of Posts settings exceeds the possible maximum number of unique Posts that could be generated, Page Generator Pro will honor the possible maximum number of unique Posts instead.  This is to ensure that no duplicate content is generated.

    For the Random method, a number must be specified.  If no number is specified, 10 Posts will be generated.
  • Resume Index: By default, Page Generator Pro starts at a zero based index for keyword terms.  You can choose to start at a different index (if, for example, Page Generation did not fully complete), by setting Resume Index to restart on the nth iteration.
    The Resume Index option does not apply when using the Random method.

Page Attributes

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Attributes

Don’t see any Page Attributes?  They are only displayed if the Post Type you’re generating supports Page Attributes (such as Pages).
  • Parent: The Parent Page to assign the Generated Pages to.
    For performance, this is an ID field, not a dropdown selection tool.  To find the ID of the Page you want as the parent, edit the Parent Page in WordPress, making a note of it’s ID

    Page Generator Pro: Generate: Page ID
  • Template: The Page Template to use

Taxonomies

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Taxonomies

Don’t see any Taxonomies?  They are only displayed if the Post Type you’re generating supports Taxonomies.

For each Taxonomy for the Post Type, you can choose which Term(s) to assign to the generated Posts.

  • Hierarchical (e..g Categories)
    • Use the checkboxes to select the existing Terms to assign to the generated content.
    • Use the Enter new taxonomy terms field to enter a comma separated list of new Terms to assign to the generated content.
      • Keywords can be used here
      • Any tags added that do not exist will be created
  • Non-Hierarchical (e.g. Tags)
    • Enter a comma separated list of Terms to assign to the generated content.
    • Keywords can be used here
    • Any tags added that do not exist will be created

Featured Image

You can optionally assign a Featured Image to the Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types you’ll be generating.  Choose an option from the Image Source dropdown

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Featured Image

Media Library Image

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Featured Image: Media Library

  • Value: The Media Library Image ID.

Image URL

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Featured Image: Image URL

  • Value: URL to an image.
    • This can be a remote image, such as http://placehold.it/400×400.
    • If the image is remote, the generation process will import the image into the WordPress Media Library and use it as the Featured Image.
  • Alt Tag: The alt tag to assign to the image.
    • This can be a keyword.

500px

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Featured Image: 500px

  • Value: Term(s) to use to find matching images on 500px
    • This can be a keyword.
    • If no image is found, no Featured Image will be set
    • If an image is found,the generation process will import the image into the WordPress Media Library and use it as the Featured Image.
  • Alt Tag: The alt tag to assign to the image.
    • This can be a keyword.
  • Location: Optionally specify a location where the image should have been photographed.
    • This will be used in conjunction with the Value above when searching 500px
    • This can be a keyword.

Actions

Page Generator Pro: Generate: Actions

Once you have completed all fields, you have three options:

  1. Save: This saves the settings on the Generate screen.
  2. Test: This saves the settings on the Generate screen, and creates one test Post in draft mode.
  3. Generate: This saves the settings on the Generate screen, and generates the required number of posts.

If you have previously generated Page(s) from this Group, you will see a fourth option:

  • Delete Generated Content: This allows you to delete all existing Page(s) that were generated by this Group.  This is useful if you made an error, and need to replace your existing Pages with revised content.
Before testing or generating content, we recommend reading the rest of the Documentation covering Methods, Shortcodes, Spintax and SEO Integration.  These are all useful to help configure truly valuable, unique content before generating Pages, Posts and Custom Post Types.