There may be several reasons why you would need to copy 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 store, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy your product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy your shop’s product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page)
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to easily duplicate WordPress pages and posts.
How To Easily Clone Posts And Pages On Your WordPress Site
If you have little to no technical skills, the easiest way to duplicate a WordPress page or post is to use a cloning plugin.
In WordPress, there are various plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages pages and posts. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions 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 clone your entire WordPress site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great WordPress cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)
This plugin lets you clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ copies your page/post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your posts and pages and also open these for you in the editor.
Duplicate Post not only copies your page/post content, it also copies the post/page settings and fields.
For more details, go here}:
Installing The Duplicate Post Plugin
You can install Duplicate Post using a manual installation method, or directly from your WP dashboard.
To install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the Plugins screen …
(WordPress Plugins section)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins screen – Search plugins)
Locate the plugin in the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Next, activate your plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once you have activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins area by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin title …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings from the Dashboard menu by selecting Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings area)
For more details, go here}:
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to duplicate your page/post …
(Duplicate Post plugin – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If you click the ‘Clone’ link, your page/post will be duplicated, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking the ‘New Draft’ link will also clone your post/page and open it in the Page/Post editor …
(Easily clone your pages/posts)
Typically, when a page or post is duplicated, WordPress adds the number “2” to the end of the page/post URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page)
Unless you intend to use a similar URL, you should consider changing the title of your page and your page 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 clone a WordPress page or post.
Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles
The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of the features discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using WordPress posts:
- WordPress Pages Vs Posts
- How To Create A Post In WordPress
- How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress
- A Guide To The WordPress Inline Editor
- Setting Up 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)