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


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