There may be several reasons for wanting to duplicate 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 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 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 shop’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily clone your product pages)
By default, WordPress 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)
In this tutorial, we explain how to duplicate a WordPress page or post.
How To Easily Duplicate A Post Or Page In WordPress
If you lack code editing skills, the easiest way to copy a post or page in WordPress is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with premium upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
In 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 duplicate your entire web site.
In this tutorial, we’ll use one of many great available WordPress cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones your pages and posts without opening these. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your pages/posts and also open these in the 'Page/Post Edit’ screen for you.
The plugin copies not only the content of the page/post, it also copies the post/page fields and settings.
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Installing The Plugin
You can install Duplicate Post manually, or directly from your WP dashboard.
To install a post/page cloning plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the main navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …
(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings up the Plugins page …
In this section, 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 section – Search plugins feature)
Locate the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have activated the plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …
(Plugins screen – 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)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to your Dashboard menu and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options screen)
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Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to clone your page/post …
(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
When you click the ‘Clone’ link, your page/post will be duplicated, 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 …
(Easily clone your posts and pages)
Typically, when you clone a post or page, a “2” is added to the end of the slug …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless your intention is to use the same slug, you should consider changing the post’s title and the URL.
If you need help editing posts/pages and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Articles And Tutorials section below.
Congratulations! Now you know how to clone a WordPress post or page.
Related Tutorials And Articles
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 Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A New WP Post
- How To Edit And Delete A WordPress Post
- The WordPress Inline Editor Function
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)