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

There may be a number of reasons why you may need to copy a WordPress post or page.

For example:

  • You like a page layout that you have spent time creating and want to use this on new pages.
  • Duplicating posts or pages containing similar content. You can then save time by making small changes, instead of recreating the pages or posts.
  • A combination of the above (i.e. you may want 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 modern e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily clone your store’s product pages …

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

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

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

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)

In this step-by-step tutorial, we explain how to duplicate WordPress posts and pages.

Cloning A Page Or Post On Your WordPress Site

The easiest way to copy WordPress posts and pages without code editing skills is to use plugins.

WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to clone posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with options to upgrade to paid versions, giving you access to additional features.

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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 WordPress site.

Let’s take a look at one of many great WordPress cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post

(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)

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

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

To learn more about this WordPress plugin, visit this website: Duplicate Post WP Plugin

Installing The 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 navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …

WP Plugins Menu - Add New

(WP Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings up the Plugins screen …

WordPress Plugins panel

(Add Plugins screen)

In this section, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search word into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone page“, etc.) …

Add Plugins screen - Search plugins

(Plugins panel – Search plugins)

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

Plugins area - Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Next, activate the plugin …

Install and activate the plugin

(Install and activate plugin)

Once the plugin is activated, the next step is to configure its settings …

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins screen: 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 clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options panel - plugin settings

(Duplicate Post Options area)

Visit this site for more details about this plugin: Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress

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

Duplicate Post WordPress plugin - Cloning links

(Duplicate Post – WordPress plugin – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

When you click ’Clone’, the post/page will be cloned, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Useful Tip

Normally, when a page or post is cloned, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds the number “2” to the end of the post/page URL …

Cloning affects the slug of your page/post

(Cloning affects the URL of your page/post)

Unless your plan is to use a similar URL, you should consider modifying the post’s title and the post URL.

If you need help editing pages/posts and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Articles And Tutorials section below.

Congratulations! Now you know how to clone a page or post on your WordPress website or blog.

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 use posts in WordPress:

How To Easily Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and has authored hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for beginners. WPCompendium.org provides detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress with no coding skills required and at minimal cost!

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