There are times when you may need to copy 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 duplicate 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 content. For this reason, many e-commerce themes let you easily copy your site’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate your product pages)
By default, however, 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)
In this tutorial, we show you how to duplicate a page or post on your WordPress blog.
Cloning A WordPress Page Or Post
If you don’t have code editing skills, the easiest way to copy WordPress posts and pages is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available various plugins you can use to clone pages and posts. 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 clone custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even copy your entire website or blog.
Let’s take a look at one of many great WordPress page/post cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone posts or pages, or edit pages/posts as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate the pages and posts without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the posts/pages and also open these in the editor for you.
Duplicate Post not only copies the content of the post/page, it also copies the post or page fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
How To Install The Plugin
You can install the plugin manually, or directly from your dashboard.
To install a plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings up the WordPress Plugins section …
In this panel, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins page – Search plugins)
Find the plugin in the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Activate the plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins area by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin name …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings from your WordPress Dashboard menu by clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)
For more details, go here}:
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to clone your post/page …
(Posts – Cloning links)
When you click ’Clone’, your page/post will be cloned, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking the ‘New Draft’ link will also duplicate your post/page and open it in the Post/Page editor …
(Easily clone your posts or pages)
Normally, when you clone pages and posts, a “2” is added to the end of the permalink …
(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)
Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the title of your post and your 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 duplicate a WordPress post or page.
Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles
The tutorials and articles below will help you gain a better understanding of the features discussed above, and learn how to use posts:
- WordPress Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress
- The Inline Editor Of WordPress
- Changing WordPress Permalinks
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