There are several reasons for wanting to clone a page or post on your WordPress website or blog.
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 probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy your shop’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes let you easily clone your product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a post or page)
This tutorial explains how to easily duplicate WordPress pages and posts.
How To Easily Copy WordPress Pages
If you lack coding skills, the easiest way to clone WordPress posts and pages is to use a cloning plugin.
WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a portfolio page), create web page templates for other users, and even copy your entire site.
Let’s take a look at one of several available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
This plugin allows you to clone a post or page or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ copies your posts or pages without opening these. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your page or post and also open it in the editor for you.
Duplicate Post copies not only the content of the page or post, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.
How To Install The Plugin
You can install this WordPress plugin directly from your WP dashboard.
To install a post/page cloning plugin from your dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and select Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins page …
(Add Plugins section)
In this panel, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone pages“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins panel – Search for plugins)
Find the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugin installation button)
Activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have activated your plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the title of the plugin …
(Plugins section: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings from the WP Dashboard by clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options panel)
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see enabling you to duplicate your page/post …
(Duplicate Post plugin for WordPress – Cloning links)
If you click ’Clone’, the post/page will be cloned, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking the ‘New Draft’ link will also duplicate your post/page and open it in the Post/Page editor …
(Easily clone your pages/posts)
Normally, when posts and pages are cloned, a “2” is added to the end of the post/page slug …
(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)
Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the page’s title 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 easily duplicate WordPress posts and pages.
Related Tutorials And Articles
The tutorials and articles below are useful for gaining a better understanding of the features discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using posts:
- WordPress Pages And Posts
- How To Create A New WordPress Post
- Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress
- How To Use The Inline Editor In WordPress
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
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