There may be a number of reasons why you would need to clone a WordPress post or page.
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 an online store, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar content. For this reason, great WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily duplicate your site’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate your shop’s product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to clone a post or page)
This step-by-step tutorial explains how to easily duplicate a post or page in WordPress.
Duplicating A WordPress Post Or Page
If you have little to no technical skills, the easiest way to clone WordPress pages and posts is to use a page or post cloning plugin.
There are several plugins available in WordPress for cloning posts and pages posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also clone custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even clone your entire website or blog.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available WordPress page/post cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will clone the page or post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the post/page and also open it for you in the editor.
The Duplicate Post plugin not only copies creates a copy of a post or page with the same content as the original, it also copies the post or page settings and fields.
For more details, go here}:
Installing Duplicate Post
You can install Duplicate Post using a manual installation method, or install it directly from your WP dashboard.
To install a plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
In the main menu of your admin area, select Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins panel …
In this area, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone page“, etc.) …
(WordPress Plugins area – Search feature)
Find the plugin on the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins section – Install Plugin)
Activate the plugin …
(Install and activate plugin)
Once you have activated the plugin, the next step is to configure its settings …
(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins section by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the title of the plugin …
(Plugins area: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings from your WP Dashboard menu by choosing Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options panel)
For more details, go here}:
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see a link allowing you to clone your post/page …
(Duplicate Post WP plugin – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If you click ’Clone’, the post/page will be duplicated, 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 …
(Easily clone your pages/posts)
Normally, when you duplicate posts or pages, WordPress adds a “2” to the end of the page/post URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless you intend to use a similar URL, you should consider editing the post’s title and the 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 copy WordPress pages and posts.
Related Tutorials And Articles
The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of the features discussed above, and for learning how to get more benefit from using posts in WordPress:
- WordPress Pages & Posts
- How To Create A WordPress Post
- How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress
- The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress
- How To Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs
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