There are times when you may need to clone a post or page on your WordPress site.
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 an e-commerce shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, great e-commerce themes let you easily copy your site’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your product pages)
By default, however, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a page or post)
In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to easily duplicate WordPress pages and posts.
Copying WordPress Posts And Pages
The easiest way to clone a post or page in WordPress without editing code is to use a plugin.
There are various plugins available in WordPress for cloning 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 pages and posts. You can also clone custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for other users, and even clone your entire web site.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at one of several available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post WP Plugin)
This plugin gives you the option to clone posts or pages, or edit posts/pages as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones the posts or pages without opening these. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your page or post and also open it in the editor for you.
The Duplicate Post plugin copies not only creates a copy of a page or post with the same content as the original, it also copies the post or page settings and fields.
For more details, go here}:
Installing Duplicate Post
You can install the plugin using a manual installation method, or directly from your dashboard.
To install a post/page cloning plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
In the admin menu section, choose Plugins > Add New …
(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins screen …
(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 page“, etc.) …
(Plugins page – Search for plugins)
Locate the plugin in the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugin installation button)
Next, activate your plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once you have activated the plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …
(Plugins area – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin name …
(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the Dashboard and selecting Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Configure your plugin settings, then click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options area – plugin settings)
For more details, go here}:
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to clone your post/page …
(Duplicate Post – WordPress plugin – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
When you click ’Clone’, the page/post will be cloned, but it will not be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …
Typically, when you clone a page or post, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds a “2” to the end of the URL …
(Cloning affects the URL of your post/page)
Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider modifying the title of your post 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 easily duplicate a post or page on your WordPress site.
Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding of using posts, refer to the tutorials and articles listed below:
- WordPress Pages & Posts
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- How To Edit And Delete A WordPress Post
- A Guide To The WordPress Inline Editor
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
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