There may be several reasons for wanting to clone 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 probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, great WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily copy store product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes let you easily copy store product pages)
By default, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page)
In this post, we will show you how to copy WordPress posts and pages.
Copying Posts And Pages On Your WordPress Site
The easiest way to clone a post or page in WordPress without code editing skills is to use a plugin.
WordPress makes available various plugins you can use to copy posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with premium upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also clone custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for others, and even clone your entire web site.
For this tutorial, we’ll use one of many great available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)
This plugin lets you clone posts or pages, or edit posts/pages as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate your page/post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your post or page and also open it in the editor for you.
The Duplicate Post plugin not only copies 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 this plugin directly from your dashboard.
To install a post/page cloning plugin from your dashboard, do the following:
Go to the admin area and click on Plugins > Add New …
(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins screen …
(Add Plugins area)
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 page – Search plugins)
Find the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate plugin)
Once your plugin is activated, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin name …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the WP admin section and and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Configure your settings, then click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings area)
For more details, go here}:
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to clone your page/post …
(Duplicate Post plugin for WordPress – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
When you click ’Clone’, the 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 post/page and open it in the Post/Page editor …
Typically, when you duplicate posts or pages, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds the number “2” to the end of the page/post slug …
(Cloning affects the URL of your page/post)
Unless you plan to use a similar URL, you should consider modifying the title of your post and your post URL.
If you need help editing pages/posts and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Tutorials And Articles 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 tutorials and articles below:
- WordPress Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
- The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress
- Improve Your WordPress SEO With Permalinks
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