How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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

Duplicating A WordPress Post Or Page

There are a number of reasons for wanting to copy WordPress posts and pages.

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 a web-based store, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many great e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily copy your site’s product pages …

Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your shop's product pages

(Many e-commerce themes let you easily clone your shop’s product pages)

An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page …

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

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

In this post, you will learn how to copy a page or post on your WordPress blog.

Cloning WordPress Posts And Pages

If you don’t have code editing skills, the easiest way to copy a post or page on your WordPress blog is to use plugins.

There are several plugins available in WordPress for duplicating posts and pages pages and posts. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free versions with premium upgrades, giving you access to additional features.

Important Info

With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even duplicate your entire web site.

Let’s take a look at how to use one of several available WordPress plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post - WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)

Duplicate Post gives you the option to clone a post or page or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate the post or page without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the pages/posts and also open these for you in the editor.

The plugin copies not only the page/post content, it also copies the page or post settings and fields.

For more details, go here}:

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 dashboard, then go to the navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …

Plugins - Add New

(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings you to the WordPress Plugins area …

WordPress Plugins panel

(Plugins page)

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

Add Plugins area - Search plugins

(WordPress Plugins panel – Search plugins feature)

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

Plugin installation button

(Plugins screen – Plugin installation)

Next, activate the plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Plugins section - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

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 main navigation menu and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area

(Duplicate Post Options area)

For more details, go here}:

Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to clone your page/post …

Post Editor - Cloning links

(Post Editor – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

If you click ’Clone’, the page/post will be duplicated, 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 …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Tip

Typically, when pages or posts are duplicated, WordPress adds a “2” to the end of the URL …

Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page

(Cloning affects the URL of your page/post)

Unless you plan to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the title of your post and your post URL.

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

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

Related Articles And Tutorials

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 posts in WordPress:

Duplicating Posts And Pages In WordPress

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