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How to Duplicate a Page in WordPress the Easy Way

Duplicating pages is a common need for WordPress users. Whether you need to clone a page or a post, the technique is the same.

While WordPress doesn’t include this feature, it’s easily added with a plugin. Duplicate Post is the best plugin for the job.

Activate the Duplicate Post plugin on your site and you’ll find new “Clone” and “New Draft” links added into your Posts and Pages menus. Clicking either one will generate a new copy of the selected post/page.

There’s also a new settings menu added below the main Settings menu item. You can choose exactly which properties of the page you want to copy which allows for a ton of flexibility.

Transcript

Hey, this is Ben from WPAnswered.com. In this video, I'll teach you how to duplicate pages and posts in WordPress. You'll also learn how to clone a single page, how to copy multiple pages at once, and how to choose exactly which properties of the page you want to copy. Let's get started. I've got a basic WordPress site set up running the Mission News WordPress theme, and my goal is to duplicate this sample page that you can see right here. There's a featured image, there are a title and some text and some quotes filled in here. In order to duplicate this page, I'll be using the Duplicate Post plugin. There are a few different plugins that have similar functionality. This one I find is best because it's easiest to use and also has some pretty cool settings which we'll check out at the end of the video.

As you can see, WordPress users are overwhelmingly satisfied with this plugin. To install it, I'll first go to my dashboard, hover over the Plugins menu item and click on Add New. Then in the search box, I'll type in "duplicate post." Once I enter that in, it'll be the first option. It looks like this with the 400 5-star reviews. I'll click Install Now to install it on my site and once it's done I'll click Activate. Once it's activated, I can view my Pages menu and I'll close this box out and you can see that when I hover over a page, I've got two new options. The first one is Clone, the second one is New Draft. Personally, I find these options to be a bit redundant. It's my one very small complaint about this plugin. If you click Clone, it creates a copy and you stay in the Pages menu.

Um, I'll go to the sample page. Now if I click New Draft, it does the exact same thing, but it takes me to the editor. Here you can see I've got the title, all the same texts... Excuse me, the block quotes, the link, and I was looking at this Featured Image over here, which is also included. If I visit the Pages menu, you'll see I have my original sample page and I have my draft. That's another cool feature about the Duplicate Post plugin is that it starts the new page off as a draft. Personally, I would be worried if I was duplicating and it was automatically re-publishing posts and pages to my site, so I appreciate the fact that it creates a draft. The draft is exactly the same in every way except for a few differences like the permalink, so you might want to update that before you publish it, but overall it's the exact same thing.

If you visit the Posts menu, you'll see the same clone and New Draft options are available here as well. And before we go, let me just show you this new Duplicate Post settings menu added by the plugin because there are a few options here as well. You can decide exactly which attributes of the posts you want to copy over, which is really, really cool. Um, depending on what you want to do, you might want to customize these. If you have special needs, you can add a title, prefix, and suffix. If you want a few other options here as well, you can even limit this to certain user roles. Most likely, you'll only want administrators and editors to be able to do this, and you could also choose which posts types you can copy, so it may not be enabled for a custom post type and you can enable it here. Lastly, you can decide exactly where you want the duplication links to show up on your site. I hope you enjoyed this video. The Duplicate Post plugin makes it really easy to copy pages in your WordPress site. If you did enjoy this video, please click the Like button below. If you want more WordPress tutorials, don't forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley

After using WordPress for the last 9 years, I've made dozens of websites, designed and developed 20 themes that have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and personally helped thousands of WP users with their sites.

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