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 Duplicate A WordPress Page

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

Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily copy your site's product pages

(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate store 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 page or post

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

In this tutorial, we explain how to easily duplicate a WordPress post or page.

Copying A Page Or Post On Your WordPress Blog

If you don’t have coding skills, the easiest way to clone a WordPress page or post is to use plugins.

In WordPress, there are many plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts posts and pages. 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 portfolio page), create web page templates for others, and even clone your entire WordPress site.

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

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post - WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin)

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

The plugin copies not only creates a clone of a page or post with the same content as the original, it also copies the page/post settings and fields.

For more details, go here}:

How To Install The Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install the plugin directly from your dashboard.

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

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …

WP Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings you to the WordPress Plugins area …

Plugins section

(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.) …

WordPress Plugins page - Search plugins feature

(Add Plugins panel – Search plugins feature)

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

Plugin installation button

(Plugins screen – Plugin ‘Install Now’ button)

Activate your plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Install and activate plugin)

Once your plugin is activated, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …

Plugins area - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Plugins section: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area

(Duplicate Post Options area)

For more details, go here}:

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

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

(Duplicate Post – WordPress plugin – Cloning links)

If you click ’Clone’, the post/page will be cloned, but it will not 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 or pages

(Easily clone your posts and pages)

Practical Tip

Normally, when you duplicate posts or pages, WordPress adds the number “2” to the end of the permalink …

Cloning affects the slug of your post/page

(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)

Unless you plan to use the same slug, you should consider changing the post’s title 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 easily copy a page or post in WordPress.

Related Articles And Tutorials

The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using WordPress posts:

Copying A WordPress Page

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