How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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

How To Easily Duplicate WordPress Pages And Posts

There may be a number of reasons for wanting to duplicate a page or post in WordPress.

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 shop, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily clone store product pages …

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

(Many e-commerce themes let you easily duplicate your shop’s 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

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to duplicate a WordPress page or post.

Copying WordPress Pages And Posts

If you don’t have technical skills, the easiest way to copy a post or page on your WordPress blog is to use a page or post cloning plugin.

WordPress makes available various plugins you can use to duplicate pages and posts. Many of these 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 posts and pages. You can also clone custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even copy your entire web site.

In this tutorial, we’ll use one of many great WordPress cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post Plugin

(Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post copies not only creates a duplicate of a page or post with the same content as the original, it also copies the page/post settings and fields.

For more details, go here}:

Installing Duplicate Post

You can install the plugin directly from your dashboard.

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

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

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings up the WordPress Plugins screen …

WordPress Plugins page

(Add Plugins panel)

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

Add Plugins page - Search plugins feature

(WordPress Plugins panel – Search feature)

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

Plugin installation button

(Plugins screen – Install Plugin)

Activate your plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Plugins area - Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins section – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into the WordPress administration area and and selecting Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings Menu > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

Configure your plugin settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …

Duplicate Post Options - plugin settings screen

(Duplicate Post Options screen – plugin settings)

For more details, go here}:

Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to duplicate your page/post …

Posts - 'Clone'/'New Draft' links

(Posts – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)

When you click the ‘Clone’ link, 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 …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Useful Tip

Normally, when a post or page is duplicated, the number “2” is added to the end of the permalink …

Cloning affects the slug of your post/page

(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)

Unless you intend to use a similar slug, 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 easily clone a page or post in WordPress.

Related Articles And Tutorials

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

How To Clone WordPress Posts

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