There are a number of reasons why you would want to clone WordPress pages and posts.
- You may like a page layout that you have spent time creating and would like to use this on other pages.
- You may need to create posts or pages containing similar content.
- A combination of the above (i.e. you may need to duplicate both the content and the layout of a page).
If you run a web-based store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many great e-commerce themes are designed to let you easily clone your shop’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily clone your shop’s product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to duplicate a post or page)
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily clone a page or post in WordPress.
Cloning A Page Or Post On Your WordPress Site
The easiest way to duplicate a WordPress post or page without code editing skills is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available several 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.
With WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a gallery page), create web page templates for others, and even duplicate your entire site.
In this tutorial, we’ll use one of many great available WordPress plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ clones the post or page without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your pages or posts and also open these for you in the ‘Page/Post Edit’ screen.
Duplicate Post copies not only the page/post content, it also copies the page or post settings and fields.
To learn more about this WordPress plugin, visit this site: Duplicate Post
How To Install The Duplicate Post Plugin
You can install Duplicate Post manually, or directly from your WP dashboard.
To install the plugin directly from your dashboard, do the following:
In the admin section, click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings you to the 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 panel – Search for plugins)
Locate the plugin on the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins screen – Plugin installation)
Activate your plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once your plugin has been activated, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins area by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the title of the plugin …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the WP Dashboard 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 screen – plugin settings)
For more details, go here: Duplicate Post
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see the option to duplicate your page/post …
(Post Editor – ‘Clone’/’New Draft’ links)
If 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 duplicate your post/page and open it in the Page/Post editor …
(Easily clone your pages or posts)
Normally, when you duplicate a page or post, WordPress copies the page/post title and adds the number “2” to the end of the post/page URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless you plan to use a similar slug, you should consider modifying the page’s title and the 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 copy a WordPress page or post.
Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles
For a better understanding about using posts, see the articles and tutorials below:
- WordPress Posts & Pages
- How To Create A WordPress Post
- How To Edit And Delete Posts In WordPress
- Using The Inline Editor Feature In WordPress
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO