There may be a number of reasons for wanting to copy a post or page in WordPress.
For example, let’s say you post regular announcements on your site about different events or promotions with similar content. Instead of creating a new post for every new event or announcement, writing content, selecting the same categories, etc., you could just duplicate an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!
If you run a web-based store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily duplicate store product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone store product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page)
In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to clone a page or post in WordPress.
Copying WordPress Pages And Posts
If you have little to no technical skills, the easiest way to clone WordPress pages and posts is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available many plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free versions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a product page), create web page templates for other users, and even copy your entire WordPress site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ copies the posts/pages without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the posts/pages and also open these for you in the editor.
Duplicate Post copies not only the content, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.
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How To Install The Plugin
You can install this plugin directly from your WP dashboard.
To install the plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and select Plugins > Add New …
(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins area …
(WordPress Plugins panel)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(Plugins page – Search for plugins)
Find the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins section – Install Plugin)
Activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins screen by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the title of the plugin …
(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the administration section and and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings, then click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options screen – plugin settings)
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Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see enabling you to clone your page/post …
(Post Editor – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
When you click ’Clone’, the page/post will be cloned, but it will not be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …
Typically, when you duplicate a post or page, a “2” is added to the end of the permalink …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless your intention is to use the same slug, you should consider changing the title of your page and your URL.
If you need help editing posts/pages and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Articles And Tutorials section below.
Congratulations! Now you know how to copy WordPress pages and posts.
Related Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding of using WordPress posts, refer to the tutorials and articles below:
- WordPress Posts And Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts
- How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
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