How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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

Copying WordPress Posts And Pages

There may be a number of reasons why you may want 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 copy an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!

If you run an e-commerce store, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, great e-commerce themes let you easily copy your store’s product pages …

Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate your product pages

(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate your site’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 clone a post or page

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

In this tutorial, we explain how to copy a post or page on your WordPress site.

How To Duplicate A WordPress Page Or Post

The easiest way to clone a WordPress post or page without editing code is to use plugins.

There are various plugins available in WordPress for copying 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.

Important

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.

For this tutorial, we’ll take a look at one of several available cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WP Plugin

(Duplicate Post)

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

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

For more details, go here}:

How To Install The Plugin

You can install this WordPress plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard.

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

In the WP Dashboard, select Plugins > Add New …

Plugins - Add New

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings you to the WordPress Plugins page …

WordPress Plugins section

(Add Plugins screen)

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

Plugins page - Search for plugins

(Add Plugins section – Search plugins)

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

Plugins screen - Plugin 'Install Now' button

(Plugin installation button)

Activate your plugin …

Install and activate your plugin

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins area by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the title of the plugin …

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins section: Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to your Dashboard and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options panel - plugin settings

(Duplicate Post Options screen – plugin settings)

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 post/page …

Posts - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

When you click ’Clone’, your post/page will be duplicated, but it will not be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking the ‘New Draft’ link will also duplicate your page/post and open it in the Post/Page editor …

Easily clone your posts and pages

(Cloned post)

Tip

Normally, when you duplicate a post or page, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds the number “2” to the end of the permalink …

Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post

(Cloning affects the URL of your post/page)

Unless your plan is to keep a similar slug, you should consider changing the title of your post and the 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 clone a WordPress post or page.

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

For a better understanding about using posts in WordPress, refer to the tutorials and articles below:

How To Easily Clone A Post In WordPress

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