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 A WordPress Post

There are times when you may need to duplicate 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 an e-commerce store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many e-commerce themes let you easily copy store product pages …

Many WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily copy store product pages

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

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

This tutorial explains how to easily duplicate a page or post on your WordPress site.

How To Easily Duplicate A Page On Your WordPress Site

If you lack code editing skills, the easiest way to clone WordPress pages and posts is to use a cloning plugin.

WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free versions 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 posts and pages. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a product page), create web page templates for other users, and even clone your entire website or blog.

For this tutorial, we’ll take a look at one of several available page/post cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WP Plugin

(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)

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

The plugin copies not only the post/page content, it also copies the page or post settings and fields.

For more details, go here}:

Installing The Plugin

You can install Duplicate Post directly from your dashboard.

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

Go to the Dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New …

WP Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings up the Plugins area …

Plugins panel

(WordPress Plugins section)

Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone posts“, etc.) …

WordPress Plugins area - Search for plugins

(Add Plugins panel – Search feature)

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

Plugin installation

(Plugins area – Plugin ‘Install Now’ button)

Activate your plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Plugins screen: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins section: Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area - plugin settings

(Duplicate Post Options panel – plugin settings)

For more details, go here}:

Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to duplicate your post/page …

Posts - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Post Editor – Cloning links)

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

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Tip

Normally, when you clone posts or pages, a “2” is added to the end of the slug …

Cloning affects the URL of your page/post

(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)

Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider modifying 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 clone a post or page in WordPress.

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

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 in WordPress:

Cloning Pages And Posts In WordPress

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