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 Pages On Your WordPress Blog

There are several reasons why you may want to duplicate a post or page 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 clone 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 most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, great WordPress e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily duplicate your store’s product pages …

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

(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your store’s product pages)

An “out of the box” WordPress installation 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

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to easily clone a page or post in WordPress.

Cloning Posts And Pages On Your WordPress Blog

If you don’t have technical skills, the easiest way to duplicate WordPress posts and pages is to use a cloning plugin.

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

Important Info

In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types, create web page templates for other users, and even duplicate your entire WordPress site.

In this tutorial, we’ll use one of several available WordPress post/page cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post - WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post)

This plugin allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate your pages and posts without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your post/page and also open it in the editor for you.

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

For more details, go here}:

How To Install Duplicate Post

You can install this 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 Dashboard menu section, select Plugins > Add New …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings up the WordPress Plugins screen …

WordPress Plugins section

(WordPress Plugins area)

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

WordPress Plugins area - Search plugins

(Add Plugins panel – Search plugins)

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

Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Next, activate your plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

Once you have installed and activated your plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options area - plugin settings

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)

For more details, go here}:

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

Duplicate Post WordPress plugin - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Posts – Cloning links)

If you click the ‘Clone’ link, the page/post will be duplicated, but it will not 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 Page/Post editor …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Practical Tip

Normally, when posts and pages are duplicated, WordPress adds the number “2” to the end of the slug …

Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page

(Cloning affects the URL of your post/page)

Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the post’s title and the 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 a post or page in WordPress.

Related Articles And Tutorials

For a better understanding about using WordPress posts, refer to the articles and tutorials below:

Cloning A Page On Your WordPress Blog

***

"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

Keyword Research ToolsKeyword Research Tools

This video course shows you how to do keyword research using tools like the Google Keyword Planner.

More info: Keyword Research Tools

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

WordPress 101: How To Use WordPressWordPress 101: How To Use WordPress

Learn how to unlock the power of the WordPress content management system (CMS) using the many powerful features inside your WordPress administration area.

More info: WordPress 101: How To Use WordPress

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

WordPress Traffic & User EngagementWordPress Traffic & User Engagement

Learn how to drive more targeted traffic to your website and discover ways to improve user engagement with your business online.

More info: WordPress Traffic & User Engagement

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

Google ToolsGoogle Tools

This video course will help you learn the basics of using Google Tools like Google Analytics and Gmail.

More info: Google Tools

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

Build A WordPress Site ... Fast!Build A WordPress Site ... Fast!

Need a new website or blog in a hurry?

This video course shows you how to quickly install and configure a WordPress website or blog on your own domain name and be up and running in no time!

More info: Build A WordPress Site ... Fast!

Recommended Video Courses For WordPress Users

Why Your Business Needs WordPressWhy Your Business Needs WordPress

Learn about the unique features, benefits, and advantages of using WordPress to start or grow your business online.

More info: Why Your Business Needs WordPress

Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page.