Is there documentation somewhere on how to change the default data that is entered into the WordPress database when setting up a new database?

I want to change the default category and add a couple others. Change the default post. Set a different theme, activate a couple plugins all by default. All of this to make it easy for setting up multiple sites that are all similar.

  • which default data do you mean - the "Hello world" post and its comment, or something else?
    – anu
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 15:51
  • Sorry, I added more detail.
    – Mike Wills
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 15:54

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See Initialization Script for “Standard” Aspects of a WordPress Website? and my plugin WordPress Basic Settings for details. You may also use a custom install.php but that’s somewhat tricky for multi-site setups.

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