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 Copy A WordPress Page

There are times when you may need to clone WordPress posts and pages.

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 probably have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, many great e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily clone your shop’s product pages …

Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your product pages

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

By default, however, WordPress 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 copy a post or page)

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to easily duplicate WordPress posts and pages.

Copying Pages In WordPress

If you don’t have coding skills, the easiest way to copy a WordPress post or page is to use plugins.

In WordPress, there are a number of plugins you can use to copy posts and pages pages and posts. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with premium upgrades, giving you access to additional features.

Important

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 other users, and even copy your entire website or blog.

For this tutorial, we’ll use one of many great available WordPress plugins.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WP Plugin

(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)

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

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

For more information, go here:

Installing The Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install Duplicate Post directly from your dashboard.

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

Log into your WordPress site, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …

Plugins - Add New

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

This brings up the WordPress Plugins page …

WordPress Plugins screen

(Add Plugins page)

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

Add Plugins page - Search feature

(Plugins screen – Search plugins)

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

Plugin installation button

(Plugin installation button)

Activate your plugin …

Install and activate plugin

(Plugin installation screen)

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

Duplicate Post plugin activated

(Plugins area – Duplicate Post plugin activated)

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

Plugins section: Duplicate Post - Settings

(Plugins section: Duplicate Post – Settings)

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

Settings > Duplicate Post

(Settings > Duplicate Post)

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

Duplicate Post Options - plugin settings screen

(Duplicate Post Options screen – plugin settings)

More info:

Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see enabling you to duplicate your post/page …

Duplicate Post plugin for WordPress - Cloning links

(Post Editor – Cloning links)

When 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 clone your post/page and open it in the Post/Page editor …

Cloned post

(Cloned post)

Practical Tip

Typically, when you clone pages or posts, a “2” is added to the end of the permalink …

Cloning affects the permalink of your post/page

(Cloning affects the slug of your post/page)

Unless your plan is to split the content into parts, you should consider changing the title of your page and your URL.

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

Congratulations, now you know how to easily copy WordPress pages and posts.

Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials

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 posts:

Cloning A Post Or Page On Your WordPress Blog

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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