How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

Learn how to easily clone WordPress posts and pages using free WordPress post/page duplication plugins …

How To Duplicate A WordPress Post

There may be a number of reasons for wanting to copy WordPress posts and pages.

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 probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, great WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy store product pages …

Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily copy your store's product pages

(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your shop’s 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

(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page)

This tutorial explains how to easily copy WordPress posts and pages.

Duplicating A WordPress Post

If you lack technical skills, the easiest way to clone a post or page in WordPress is to use a cloning plugin.

WordPress makes available several plugins you can use to copy posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.

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With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also duplicate custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even copy your entire web site.

Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post

(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)

Duplicate Post gives you the option to clone posts or pages, or edit these as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ duplicates your page/post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your pages/posts and also open these for you in the 'Post/Page Edit’ screen.

Duplicate Post not only copies the content, it also copies the page or 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 WP dashboard.

To install a page/post cloning plugin from your dashboard, do the following:

Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and choose Plugins > Add New …

Plugins - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings up the WordPress Plugins area …

WordPress Plugins screen

(Plugins panel)

In this panel, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …

Add Plugins screen - Search feature

(Add Plugins panel – Search plugins feature)

Find the plugin in the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …

Plugins area - Plugin 'Install Now' button

(Plugin installation button)

Next, activate your plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Install and activate the plugin)

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …

Plugins screen - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins section by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin name …

Plugins screen: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress dashboard, then going to the main navigation menu and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

Configure your plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …

Duplicate Post Options - plugin settings area

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)

For more details, go here}:

Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to duplicate your page/post …

Post Editor - Cloning links

(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

When you click the ‘Clone’ link, 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 post/page and open it in the Post/Page editor …

Easily clone your pages or posts

(Easily clone your pages or posts)

Useful Tip

Normally, when posts or pages are cloned, WordPress adds a “2” to the end of the URL …

Cloning affects the URL of your page/post

(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)

Unless you intend to split the content into parts, 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 copy a post or page in WordPress.

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

For a better understanding of using posts in WordPress, see the articles and tutorials below:

How To Duplicate WordPress Posts And Pages

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