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 Pages And Posts On Your WordPress Site

There may be a number of reasons for wanting to duplicate a page or post on your WordPress blog.

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

Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily copy your store's product pages

(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily copy your store’s product pages)

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

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

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

This post explains how to duplicate WordPress pages and posts.

Cloning A WordPress Post

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

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

Important Info

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

Duplicate Post - WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post Plugin)

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Installing The Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install the plugin manually, or directly from your WordPress dashboard.

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

In the main menu of your admin area, click on Plugins > Add New …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings up the Plugins screen …

WordPress Plugins area

(Add Plugins section)

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

Plugins panel - Search for plugins

(Add Plugins screen – Search plugins)

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

Plugins section - Install Plugin

(Plugin installation)

Next, activate the plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Install and activate your plugin)

Once your plugin has been activated, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …

Plugins area - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)

For more details, go here}:

Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see a link allowing you to duplicate your post/page …

Duplicate Post plugin for WordPress - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Duplicate Post WP plugin – Cloning links)

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

Easily clone your posts and pages

(Cloned post)

Practical Tip

Typically, when a page or post is duplicated, a “2” is added to the end of the slug …

Cloning affects the slug of your post/page

(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)

Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the title of your post and the post URL.

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

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

Related Articles And Tutorials

The tutorials and articles below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using posts in WordPress:

How To Duplicate A Page Or Post On Your WordPress Site


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