How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

Learn how to easily clone WordPress posts and pages using free WordPress post/page duplication plugins …

Cloning A Page In WordPress

There are times when you may need to duplicate a post or page on your WordPress site.

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 a web-based store, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily duplicate store product pages …

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

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

An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy 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 duplicate a post or page)

In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to copy WordPress pages and posts.

Cloning A Page Or Post On Your WordPress Blog

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

WordPress makes available many plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free editions with options to upgrade to paid versions, which give you access to additional features.

Useful Information

With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a product page), create web page templates for others, and even duplicate your entire WordPress site.

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

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress

(Duplicate Post Plugin For WordPress)

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

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

For more details, go here}:

How To Install The Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install this WordPress plugin directly from your WP dashboard.

To install a post/page cloning plugin from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and select Plugins > Add New …

Plugins - Add New

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings you to the WordPress Plugins page …

Plugins area

(Add Plugins panel)

In this screen, 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 area - Search plugins

(Add Plugins area – Search plugins feature)

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

Plugins screen - Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Activate the plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Plugins area: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the main menu section of your WordPress administration area and and choosing Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options - plugin settings screen

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)

For more details, go here}:

Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to clone your page/post …

Duplicate Post WordPress plugin - Cloning links

(Duplicate Post – WordPress plugin – Cloning links)

If you click ’Clone’, your post/page 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 Page/Post editor …

Easily clone your pages and posts

(Easily clone your posts or pages)

Practical Tip

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

Cloning affects the URL of your page/post

(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)

Unless your intention is to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the post’s title and your URL.

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

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

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

For a better understanding of using posts in WordPress, see the articles and tutorials listed below:

How To Easily Copy WordPress Posts

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