There are times when you may want to duplicate a WordPress post or page.
- You may want to clone a page with a specific layout for use in new pages.
- Duplicating posts or pages containing similar content.
- A combination of the above (i.e. you may need to duplicate both the layout and the content of a page).
If you run a web-based store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many great e-commerce themes are designed to 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 duplicate a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a page or post)
In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to clone a WordPress page or post.
How To Easily Copy A Post Or Page On Your WordPress Site
If you don’t have coding skills, the easiest way to duplicate WordPress posts and pages is to use a cloning plugin.
WordPress makes available various plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with premium upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
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 duplicate your entire site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of several available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post Plugin)
This plugin lets you clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones your page or post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the page or post and also open it in the editor for you.
Duplicate Post copies not only the content, it also copies the post/page fields and settings.
To learn more about this WordPress plugin, visit this website: Duplicate Post Plugin
How To Install Duplicate Post
You can install this WordPress plugin using a manual installation method, or install it directly from your dashboard.
To install a plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
In the main menu of your administration area, click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins section …
(Add Plugins page)
In this section, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins area – Search plugins)
Find the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins section – Install Plugin)
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once you have activated your plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the plugin title …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress dashboard, then going to the admin navigation menu and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Configure your plugin settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)
For more information, go here: Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see a link allowing you to clone your post/page …
(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
When you click the ‘Clone’ link, the 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 clone your post/page and open it in the Page/Post editor …
(Easily clone your pages and posts)
Typically, when a page or post is cloned, a “2” is added to the end of the post/page URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page)
Unless you intend to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the post’s title and your URL.
If you need help editing posts/pages and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Tutorials And Articles section below.
Congratulations! Now you know how to clone a WordPress page or post.
Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials
The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to use posts in WordPress:
- WordPress Pages Vs Posts
- How To Create A WordPress Post
- How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts
- The WordPress Quick Edit Feature
- Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs
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