There may be a number of reasons why you would need 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 clone 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 content. For this reason, great WordPress e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily duplicate store product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate store 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 copy a page or post)
This tutorial explains how to duplicate a page or post in WordPress.
Cloning WordPress Posts And Pages
If you lack code editing skills, the easiest way to clone a post or page on your WordPress site is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to copy posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with options to upgrade to paid versions, which give you access to additional features.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even copy your entire website or blog.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
This plugin allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate the pages or posts without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the pages/posts and also open these in the 'Page/Post Edit’ screen for you.
The plugin not only copies the post/page content, it also copies the post or page fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
How To Install Duplicate Post
You can install this WordPress plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard.
To install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
In the Dashboard menu, select Plugins > Add New …
(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins screen …
(WordPress Plugins panel)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone pages“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins panel – Search feature)
Locate the plugin in the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Next, activate the plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once you have installed and activated your plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin name …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the Dashboard and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Configure your settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options screen)
For more details, go here}:
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see enabling you to duplicate your post/page …
(Post Editor – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If you click ’Clone’, your post/page will be duplicated, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Page/Post editor …
(Easily clone your pages and posts)
Normally, when you duplicate pages and posts, the number “2” is added to the end of the slug …
(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)
Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the page’s title 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 WordPress pages and posts.
Related Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding of using posts, refer to the articles and tutorials below:
- WordPress Posts And Pages
- How To Create A WordPress Post
- Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
- The WordPress Inline Editor
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
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