How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

Learn how to easily clone WordPress posts and pages using free WordPress post/page duplication plugins …

How To Easily Duplicate WordPress Posts

There are times when you may need to duplicate a WordPress post or page.

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 copy an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!

If you run an e-commerce store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many great WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily clone your product pages …

Many e-commerce themes let you easily copy your product pages

(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate your site’s product pages)

By default, however, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page …

WordPress doesn't provide a simple way to clone a page or post

(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a page or post)

In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to easily clone a WordPress page or post.

Cloning WordPress Posts

If you don’t have coding skills, the easiest way to duplicate a page or post in WordPress is to use plugins.

In WordPress, there are several plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.

Useful Info

In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also clone custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for others, and even duplicate your entire site.

For this tutorial, we’ll take a look at one of several WordPress cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post Plugin)

This plugin allows you to clone pages and posts, or edit pages/posts as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ duplicates your post or page without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your posts or pages and also open these for you in the editor.

Duplicate Post copies not only the post or page content, it also copies the page or post settings and fields.

For more details, go here}:

Installing The Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install Duplicate Post manually, or install it directly from your dashboard.

To install the plugin from your dashboard, do the following:

Log into your admin section and click on Plugins > Add New …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings you to the Plugins screen …

WordPress Plugins screen

(Add Plugins area)

In this section, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …

Add Plugins section - Search plugins

(Add Plugins section – Search feature)

Locate the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …

Plugins section - Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Next, activate the plugin …

Install and activate your plugin

(Plugin installation screen)

Once you have activated your plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …

Plugins section - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins area by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the title of the plugin …

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress admin section, then going to the admin navigation menu and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

Go through these options and configure your plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …

Duplicate Post Options panel

(Duplicate Post Options panel)

For more details, go here}:

Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to duplicate your page/post …

Post Editor - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Duplicate Post – Cloning links)

If you click ’Clone’, the post/page will be duplicated, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Useful Tip

Typically, when you duplicate posts or pages, WordPress adds the number “2” to the end of the slug …

Cloning affects the slug of your page/post

(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)

Unless your plan is to keep the same slug, you should consider modifying the post’s title and your URL.

If you need help editing pages/posts and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Tutorials And Articles section below.

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily copy a WordPress post or page.

Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles

The articles and tutorials below will help you gain a better understanding of topics discussed above, and learn how to get more benefit from using WordPress posts:

How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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