There are times when you may want to duplicate a page or post in WordPress.
- You may like the layout of a page that you have spent time creating and would like to use this on other pages.
- Cloning 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 e-commerce themes let you easily copy your store’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate store product pages)
By default, however, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a page or post)
In this post, we explain how to clone a page or post in WordPress.
Duplicating A Post Or Page In WordPress
If you lack code editing skills, the easiest way to duplicate a WordPress page or post is to use a cloning plugin.
There are various plugins available in WordPress for cloning pages and posts posts and pages. Many of these 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 posts and pages. You can also clone custom post types (e.g. a portfolio page), create web page templates for others, and even copy your entire WordPress site.
For this tutorial, we’ll use one of several available cloning plugins.
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate your posts or pages without opening these. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your pages and posts and also open these in the 'Page/Post Edit’ screen for you.
The plugin not only copies the page or post content, it also copies the page or post settings and fields.
Go here for more details about this WordPress plugin:
Installing The Plugin
You can install the plugin manually, or directly from your dashboard.
To install a plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
Go to your Dashboard and select Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins screen …
(Add Plugins panel)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone page“, etc.) …
(Add Plugins panel – Search for plugins)
Locate the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugin installation button)
Activate your plugin …
(Install and activate the plugin)
Once you have activated your plugin, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins area by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the title of the plugin …
(Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress admin section, then going to the admin navigation menu and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Configure your settings and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options panel)
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to clone your post/page …
(Posts – Cloning links)
If you click ’Clone’, the page/post 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 …
Normally, when you clone pages and posts, the number “2” is added to the end of the post/page URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the post’s title and your post URL.
If you need help editing posts/pages and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Articles And Tutorials section below.
Congratulations, now you know how to duplicate WordPress posts and pages.
Related Tutorials And Articles
The articles and tutorials 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 Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A New WordPress Post
- How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress
- How To Use The Inline Editor In WordPress
- How To Change WordPress Permalinks
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