There may be a number of reasons for wanting to clone 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 clone an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!
If you run an online shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily duplicate your store’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page)
This tutorial explains how to easily copy WordPress pages and posts.
How To Copy A Post Or Page On Your WordPress Site
If you have little to no technical skills, the easiest way to copy a WordPress post or page is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available many plugins you can use to clone posts and pages. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free editions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also clone custom post types, create web page templates for other users, and even copy your entire web site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available WordPress plugins.
Duplicate Post allows you to clone posts and pages, or edit posts/pages as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones the page/post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the post or page and also open it in the editor for you.
Duplicate Post copies not only the content, it also copies the page or post fields and settings.
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How To Install The Plugin
You can install Duplicate Post directly from your dashboard.
To install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins screen …
(WordPress Plugins panel)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins panel – Search plugins)
Locate the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Activate the plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins area by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the title of the plugin …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your Dashboard and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Configure your settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings screen)
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Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to duplicate your post/page …
(Duplicate Post – ‘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 clone a page or post, a “2” is added to the end of the URL …
(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)
Unless you plan to use the same slug, you should consider modifying the title of your post and the post 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 duplicate a page or post in WordPress.
Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials
The tutorials and articles below are useful for gaining a better understanding of the features discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using posts:
- WordPress Pages And Posts
- How To Create A Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
- The WordPress Inline Editor
- How To Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs
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