There are times when you may need to duplicate a post or page in WordPress.
- Cloning a page with a specific layout for use in new pages.
- You may want to create a number of posts or pages containing similar content.
- A combination of the above (i.e. you may want to duplicate both the layout and the content of a page).
If you run an online shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many e-commerce themes let you easily clone store product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy your store’s product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post)
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to clone WordPress pages and posts.
Cloning Pages On Your WordPress Blog
If you lack technical skills, the easiest way to clone a WordPress post or page is to use a post or page cloning plugin.
In WordPress, there are various plugins you can use to clone posts and pages 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 pages and posts. You can also clone 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 WordPress plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone posts or pages, or edit posts/pages as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate the posts/pages without opening these. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your post/page and also open it for you in the editor.
The Duplicate Post plugin not only copies creates a clone of a page or post with the same content as the original, it also copies the post or page fields and settings.
To learn more about this WordPress plugin, visit the plugin website: Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin
Installing Duplicate Post
You can install this WordPress plugin manually, or directly from your dashboard.
To install a cloning plugin from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and choose Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins panel …
(WordPress Plugins page)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …
(Plugins section – Search plugins feature)
Find the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
Activate the plugin …
(Install and activate the plugin)
Once your plugin has been activated, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins area by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin name …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings from your WordPress Dashboard menu by clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings area)
Go here for more info: Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to clone your post/page …
(Duplicate Post plugin – ‘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 Post/Page editor …
Typically, when you clone posts and pages, WordPress adds a “2” to the end of the page/post URL …
(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)
Unless your plan is to use a similar URL, you should consider changing the page’s title 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 clone a WordPress page or post.
Related Tutorials And Articles
For a better understanding of using posts in WordPress, see the articles and tutorials below:
- WordPress Posts & Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress
- The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress
- Improve Your WordPress SEO With Permalinks
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