How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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

Duplicating WordPress Posts And Pages

There are several reasons why you may want to copy a page or post in WordPress.

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 shop, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many WordPress e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily copy your site’s product pages …

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

(Many e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate your site’s product pages)

By default, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page …

WordPress doesn't provide a simple way to clone a page or post

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

In this tutorial, we show you how to duplicate a WordPress post or page.

Cloning Pages And Posts On Your WordPress Site

The easiest way to duplicate a WordPress page or post without technical skills is to use a post or page cloning plugin.

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

Important

In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also clone custom post types (e.g. a product page), create web page templates for others, and even clone your entire web site.

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

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress

(Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post not only copies creates a duplicate of a page or post with the same content as the original, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.

For more details, go here}:

How To Install Duplicate Post

You can install this plugin directly from your dashboard.

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

In the WordPress Dashboard menu, select Plugins > Add New …

WP Plugins Menu - Add New

(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings you to the WordPress Plugins page …

Plugins area

(Plugins page)

In this section, 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 section - Search plugins

(Plugins section – Search for plugins)

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

Plugins section - Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Activate your plugin …

Install and 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

(Plugins area – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Plugins section: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

Go through these options and configure your plugin settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your settings …

Duplicate Post Options panel

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings screen)

For more details, go here}:

Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see enabling you to duplicate your post/page …

Duplicate Post plugin for WordPress - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Duplicate Post plugin – Cloning links)

If you click ’Clone’, your 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 clone your page/post and open it in the Page/Post editor …

Cloned post

(Easily clone your posts/pages)

Tip

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

Cloning affects the URL of your post/page

(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)

Unless your intention is to use the same slug, you should consider editing the title of your post and your 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 copy a WordPress post or page.

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

The tutorials and articles below will help you gain a better understanding of topics discussed above, and learn how to get more benefit from using posts:

How To Easily Clone A Post On Your WordPress Blog

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