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 Easily Copy Pages And Posts In WordPress

There are times when you may need to duplicate WordPress pages and posts.

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 a web-based shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily copy your shop’s product pages …

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

(Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate 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 duplicate a post or page

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to easily duplicate a WordPress page or post.

Duplicating Pages And Posts On Your WordPress Site

The easiest way to copy WordPress pages and posts without editing code is to use a plugin.

In WordPress, there are many plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts pages and posts. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with premium 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 clone custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for other users, and even copy your entire web site.

Let’s take a look at one of many great WordPress plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post Plugin)

This plugin allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones your post or page without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the posts/pages and also open these for you in the editor.

The plugin not only copies your page or post content, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.

For more details, go here}:

Installing The Plugin

You can install Duplicate Post directly from your dashboard.

To install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:

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

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings you to the Plugins panel …

Plugins area

(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.) …

WordPress Plugins section - Search for plugins

(Add Plugins area – Search for plugins)

Find the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …

Plugin installation button

(Plugin installation button)

Next, activate the plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Install and activate your plugin)

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

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress admin section, then going to the admin navigation menu and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area

(Duplicate Post Options area – plugin settings)

For more details, go here}:

Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to duplicate your page/post …

Post Editor - Cloning links

(Post Editor – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

When you click the ‘Clone’ link, your post/page will be cloned, 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 …

Easily clone your posts/pages

(Easily clone your pages/posts)

Useful Tip

Typically, when pages or posts are cloned, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds a “2” to the end of the permalink …

Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page

(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)

Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the title of your page and the 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 copy a WordPress page or post.

Related Articles And Tutorials

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

How To Easily Copy A Page On Your WordPress Blog

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