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 copy an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!
If you run an online shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily copy your product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes let you easily clone your shop’s product pages)
By default, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page)
In this tutorial, we explain how to easily copy a post or page in WordPress.
Copying A Page On Your WordPress Blog
The easiest way to duplicate WordPress posts and pages without editing code is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available many plugins you can use to copy pages and posts. Many of these plugins are free and some offer free versions with options to upgrade to paid versions, which give you access to additional features.
In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for other users, and even duplicate your entire WordPress site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of several available WordPress page/post cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
This plugin lets you clone posts and pages, or edit pages/posts as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones your pages or posts without opening them. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your pages and posts and also open these in the editor for you.
The plugin not only copies creates a copy of a post or page with the same content as the original, it also copies the post/page fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
How To Install The Duplicate Post Plugin
You can install this WordPress plugin manually, or directly from your dashboard.
To install a cloning plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
In the Dashboard, choose Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings up the WordPress Plugins page …
(Add Plugins screen)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(WordPress Plugins section – Search plugins feature)
Find the plugin in the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins area – Plugin installation)
Activate the plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once the plugin is activated, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the settings from the Plugins area by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link below the title of the plugin …
(Plugins screen: 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 clicking on Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options area – plugin settings)
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 post/page …
(Duplicate Post – WordPress plugin – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If you click ’Clone’, your page/post will be duplicated, 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 …
Typically, when you clone a post or page, the number “2” is added to the end of the page/post URL …
(Cloning affects the slug of your page/post)
Unless you intend to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the page’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 copy a post or page in WordPress.
Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles
The tutorials and articles below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to use posts:
- WordPress Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post
- How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Feature To Edit Your Pages And Posts
- Changing Your WordPress Permalinks
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