How To Clone A WordPress Post Or Page

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

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There may be several reasons why you may need to clone a WordPress page or post.

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 copy 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 modern WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily clone your store’s product pages …

Many e-commerce themes let you easily clone your store's product pages

(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your 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 clone a post or page)

This post explains how to easily clone a post or page on your WordPress site.

How To Clone A Post Or Page On Your WordPress Site

If you lack code editing skills, the easiest way to copy WordPress posts and pages is to use a plugin.

There are many plugins available in WordPress for cloning pages and posts posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.

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

For this tutorial, we’ll take a look at one of several WordPress page/post cloning plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin

(Duplicate Post Plugin)

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

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

For more details, go here}:

How To Install Duplicate Post

You can install the plugin manually, or install it directly from your dashboard.

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

In the Dashboard menu, select Plugins > Add New …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins – Add New)

This brings up the WordPress Plugins area …

Plugins page

(Plugins section)

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

Add Plugins screen - Search feature

(Add Plugins area – Search plugins feature)

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

Plugins area - Plugin installation

(Plugin installation)

Next, activate the plugin …

Plugin installation screen

(Plugin installation screen)

Once you have activated the 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 title of the plugin …

Duplicate Post - Settings

(Duplicate Post – Settings)

You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the WordPress Dashboard menu and clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post

Settings > Duplicate Post

(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options panel

(Duplicate Post Options – plugin settings panel)

For more details, go here}:

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

Duplicate Post plugin - Cloning links

(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 the ‘New Draft’ link will also clone your post/page and open it in the Page/Post editor …

Easily clone your posts and pages

(Easily clone your posts/pages)

Useful Tip

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

Cloning affects the slug of your page/post

(Cloning affects the URL of your post/page)

Unless your plan is to use a similar URL, you should consider changing the title of your post and your post URL.

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

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

Related Tutorials And Articles

The tutorials and articles below will help you gain a better understanding of the features discussed above, and learn how to get more benefit from using WordPress posts:

Cloning Posts And Pages In WordPress

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