There are times when you may want to copy a WordPress page or post.
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 a web-based shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many great e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily duplicate your store’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate your store’s product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post)
This step-by-step tutorial explains how to copy WordPress posts and pages.
How To Copy A Post In WordPress
The easiest way to duplicate a WordPress post or page without editing code is to use plugins.
In WordPress, there are several plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages posts and pages. Many of these 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 other users, and even clone your entire web site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available post/page cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post WP Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ copies the posts/pages without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the pages or posts and also open these in the editor for you.
The plugin copies not only the post/page content, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
How To Install The Duplicate Post Plugin
You can install the plugin manually, or install it directly from your WordPress dashboard.
To install a plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and select Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings up the Plugins area …
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 page – Search for plugins)
Find the plugin in the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins screen – Install Plugin)
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have installed and activated your plugin, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins screen by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin title …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to your main menu of your Dashboard and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings, then click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options screen – plugin settings)
For more details, go here}:
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see enabling you to clone your page/post …
(Post Editor – Cloning links)
When you click ’Clone’, the 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 duplicate your page/post and open it in the Post/Page editor …
Normally, when you clone pages or posts, WordPress adds a “2” to the end of the page/post slug …
(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)
Unless you intend to keep the same URL, you should consider modifying the title of your page and your page 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 duplicate a post or page in WordPress.
Related Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding about using posts in WordPress, refer to the articles and tutorials listed below:
- WordPress Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post
- How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit Your Pages And Posts
- Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs
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