And there are so many strong reasons why you'd want to duplicate a page in WordPress. Or one of your blog posts:
- you wish to enable your client to make certain changes to the content before it goes live, all while still keeping the original version intact, just to compare the two
- you need to clone the layout of a specific page and to further use it on a different page on your website; all this with no impact on the “source” page, needless to add
- you want to “revamp” one of your WordPress pages, to give it a new design, while still keeping the original version “untouched” for future use
- ... and opting for a “copy/paste and save in a draft” option would only mean losing your SEO optimization, custom images, and page templates etc.
“How do I create a duplicate page or post in WordPress?” you then ask yourself.
Since WordPress doesn't “spoil” us with an out-of-the-box solution for this job. And writing custom WordPress code for triggering clones might not be on everyone's alley...
Luckily, WordPress gives us the convenience of dedicated plugins. Lots and lots of them. And there are quite a few ones perfect for this job: duplicating pages and posts.
Here are the 4 WordPress plugins that turn cloning content into a matter of... a few simple clicks:
But First: 3 Major Benefits to Being Able to Easily Duplicate a WordPress Page
And this is definitely more than “a nice thing to have” on your WordPress website or blog.
Keeping consistency sitewide gets even more challenging when you're cloning page settings or layouts and move them around. Luckily, having a reliable plugin at hand:
… the whole cloning process. It enables you to keep your website's design consistent while making changes.
B. Shorten Development Cycle
“High efficiency” is just another word for modern development. And, as a web developer, being able to create similar websites quick enough gets critical.
Luckily, having a magic tool at hand to help you duplicate your page templates — those to be used as foundations for new websites — just gives your productivity a mega-boost.
Simply clone that initial page's layout and settings and... use it sitewide. Efficiency at its best!
C. Editing Pages/Posts on Live Websites
Now, you can just guess the benefits deriving from this... convenience:
- you can choose a less “active” time of the day/day of the week and make all the needed changes right on the live site
- you get to use your Git repository to make critical changes, then just sync them to your website
- you get to duplicate a page in WordPress (or a custom blog post, let's say), edit it, then just replace the original version with this updated one
1. Use Duplicate Post Plugin to... (Bulk) Duplicate Pages or Posts
Why did this WordPress plugin make it to the top of the list here? Well... let's see:
- not only that it turns cloning into “a child's play”, but it enables you to bulk duplicate posts, as well
- and speaking of convenience: just select “Copy to a new draft”, an option placed underneath your “Publish” settings and... you'll have your clone
- furthermore, it enables you to select the customization options that you'd like to add; you get to restrict “cloning” to a few user roles only and you can add your own prefix/suffix before/after the duplicated post's title
And now, here's how you leverage its functionality:
1. Just install and activate the WordPress plugin.
2. Go to the “Settings” page; for this, either click on the “Settings” tab in your WordPress Admin panel and select “Duplicate Post” from the drop-down menu or click on “Settings” right beneath your plugin's name (in your WordPress plugins list)
3. While there, choose the settings page that you'd like to clone (and further edit/customize). And you have 3 options here:
"What to copy", that lists all sort of web page elements that you may want to add to your cloned page or post.
Note: feel free to customize the duplicate page title so you can set it apart from the original page/post.
"Permissions", where you can grant permissions for cloning specific content types to certain user roles only
"Display", where you can choose the website section(s) where the link of your duplicate page should get displayed.
4. Next, go to Pages>All Pages (or to Posts>All Posts) and track down the page you wish to clone.
5. Once spotted, hove over; you should see 2 new options popping up (in addition to the standard ... ones: “Edit”, “Quick Edit”, “Trash”... ): “Clone” and “New Draft”
6. Choose “Clone” if you just want to create a duplicate of that page or post
Word of caution: if that original page/post is already published, the duplicate one will automatically go live, as well!
7. Or, choose “New Draft” if you want to make a copy and further edit it. Once you're done editing it, you can either publish it or save it and keep it as a draft.
Note: if you need to bulk duplicate posts in WordPress, just select the pages to be cloned, unfold the “Bulk Actions” drop-down menu above the list and select the “Clone” option
Another note: let's say that you've just finished writing a new blog post and you want to duplicate it. Yet, you dread having to navigate all the way to “Posts” and going through all the needed steps. To streamline things a bit, just click on “Copy to a new draft” right under your blog post's Publish settings.
Should I also add that, in order to create a duplicate page in WordPress using this plugin you could also just:
- open a Preview of that post or page to be cloned
- look for “Copy to a new draft” in your admin bar?
And that's it: two easy-peasy steps for creating a duplicate page or post.
2. Use Post Duplicator to Create a Duplicate Post/Page in WordPress
Here's another easy way to clone WordPress pages or blog posts.
This plugin would enable you to:
Create a duplicate of that given post or page; one having the same custom taxonomies and custom fields.
Here's how you use it:
- You install and enable it (obviously!)
- You select the “target” page and just click on “Duplicate Page” (or “Duplicate Post”) to create the duplicate
3. Duplicate Page Plugin: One of the Easiest Ways to Clone a Page/Post
Don't let its name “trick” you: you can duplicate blog posts, as well, using this plugin!
Once installed, you'll find a new option under each post or page called “Duplicate This”. Use it confidently...
4. Use Duplicator Plugin to Duplicate an... Entire WordPress Site
What if your requirements go beyond duplicating a page or blog post? What if you need to clone... an entire website?
Let's say that you want to build a website similar to the one that you've recently delivered to one of your clients. Or to the very same client.
For this, you trigger this plugin's “superpower” and just... accelerate the development process. Since you'll already have a structure to build on.
5. Or Use the Page and Post Clone Plugin
Ready for another handy option for you to duplicate a page in WordPress?
The process is mostly the same:
- once you've activated your plugin
- hove over to the blog entry or page that you need to clone
- choose the new “Clone” option showing up there
… and you'll have your duplicate page created as a draft.
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