There are times when you may want to clone WordPress pages and posts.
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 probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many modern e-commerce themes let you easily copy your site’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate store product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post)
This post explains how to easily duplicate a post or page on your WordPress blog.
Duplicating A WordPress Page
The easiest way to duplicate WordPress posts and pages without technical skills is to use plugins.
In WordPress, there are several plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with options to upgrade to paid versions, which give 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 others, and even copy your entire site.
Let’s take a look at one of many great available page/post cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone posts and pages, or edit pages/posts as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate your page/post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the page/post and also open it for you in the editor.
The Duplicate Post plugin copies not only the page/post content, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
Installing The Plugin
You can install the plugin directly from your dashboard.
To install a cloning plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
Go to your Dashboard and select Plugins > Add New …
(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins page …
(Add Plugins area)
In this panel, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins section – Search plugins feature)
Locate the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugin installation button)
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate the plugin)
Once you have activated your plugin, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins screen by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin title …
(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 selecting Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings screen)
For more details, go here}:
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to clone your post/page …
(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If you click ’Clone’, the page/post will be cloned, but it will not 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 Post/Page editor …
Normally, when you clone pages and posts, the number “2” is added to the end of the URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page)
Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the post’s title and the 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 WordPress posts and pages.
Related Articles And Tutorials
The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using posts:
- WordPress Pages And Posts
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- How To Edit And Delete A Post In WordPress
- How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Feature
- Changing Your WordPress Permalinks
"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)