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How to Duplicate a WordPress Page or Post with a Single Click

Recently one of our readers asked if it was possible to duplicate a WordPress page with a single click?

Creating a duplicate post or page allows you to work on it without affecting the existing version.

In this article, we will show you how to quickly duplicate a WordPress page or post with all the settings.

Easily duplicate a WordPress post or page

Why Clone or Duplicate a Page / Post in WordPress?

When you are running a blog for a while, you may sometimes need to quickly copy a post or page.

For instance, a sales page that already has a lot of content that you can reuse, or an older article that can be extended as a new article.

Now, you could manually copy and paste the contents of the post or page to a new draft. However, this does not copy your featured image, post settings, SEO settings, and other metadata.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way to automatically duplicate a post or page with all its settings and content?

With this approach, you can just edit a post and start working on it right away.

Let’s see how to easily and properly clone a WordPress post or page with just a click.

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Duplicate a WordPress Post or Page

First, you need to install and activate the Duplicate Post plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Posts » All Posts page. You will notice two new links to clone or to create a new draft below each post title.

Clone post or create a new draft

Clicking on ‘Clone’ will simply create a duplicate post and will not open the duplicate post in the post editor.

The ‘New Draft’ option will duplicate the post and open the duplicate version in the post editor, so you can start working on it right away.

You will also find the same options for pages as well.

The duplicate post plugin works really well. However, if you want to use it mainly for updating old published posts, then there is a better way to do that.

See our guide on how to properly update live published posts in WordPress for more details.

If you want to use it for other scenarios such as website redesign, copying landing pages, etc, then this is where the plugin really shines.

Customizing Duplicate Post Plugin Settings

The duplicate post plugin works out of the box and supports posts and pages by default.

You can also customize the plugin to enable support for custom post types, restrict to user roles, and choose what to copy when creating a duplicate.

Let’s take a look at all these settings.

Head over to Settings » Duplicate Post page to configure plugin settings.

Duplicate post settings

The settings page is divided into three tabs. First tab allows you to choose what to copy when creating a duplicate.

The default options should work for most websites. However, you can check things you want to copy and uncheck items that you don’t want to be copied.

Next, you need to move on to the permissions tab.

Duplicate Post permissions

By default, the plugin allows administrator and editor user roles to create duplicate posts.

It also enables duplicate post feature for posts and pages post types.

If you are using custom post types on your website, then those post types will appear here. You can choose whether you want to enable duplicate post feature for those post types as well.

Finally, click on the Display tab to choose where you want to display the clone post links. By default, the plugin shows them on post list, edit screen, and admin bar.

Duplicate Post display options

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to easily duplicate a WordPress page or post. You may also want to see our ultimate WordPress SEO guide for beginners and our tips on how to speed up your WordPress site.

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  1. How do you copy an entire WordPress website?

    I have an existing website and am wanting to create a another that’ll look like the existing site but have different content.

  2. Hope you can help, is there a way to have the clone/copy page auto update content when changed on the original page? For example, I have removed an image from the original page but it still appears on the copy page but I’d like that to copy page to remain an exact replica. Thanks.

  3. Assuming I use the clone option, will allow me to edit those elements that I left unchecked in the copy section? Specifically I’m interested in being able to edit the extract.

  4. Sounds wonderful. Can I use it to clone a page from my stage site to our live site? I am sure hoping so!

    Thank you for your help,

    Linda

    • For that, you would want to use the export tool under Tools>Export and then you should be able to specify a single post

      Admin

      • Thanks, Support. Appreciate your reply (so quickly, too!) and suggestion. A follow up question: to do the cloning, should I have the plugin installed on both stage and live sites? Hope this isn’t a dumb question!

        • If you are moving the content from a staging site you wouldn’t need to worry about using the plugin from this article. This plugin is for creating a duplicate post/page on the same site.

        • Just to tell support that I now understand how to get my content moved to the live site. Apologies for getting confused about your advice to use ‘export’ not this plugin. Thanks for your help … and your patience!!

  5. Thanks so much for this. It makes my previous podcast episode post a template for the next one.

  6. This post was very helpful and with the great video included, I was able to duplicate the page that I needed to add info to.

    Now, I need to make that duplicate page the main page and do not know how to do that.

    I tried changing the name, but it hyphenated the ending of the URL and the whole page is now gone from the website. I also messaged you on your FB page.

  7. Thank you for this post–It was just what I needed! I went from I wonder how I can….to duplicating a post in a matter of minutes!

  8. Is there a way to copy a post and paste it in Word, for eg, so you can save the wording for use elsewhere?

  9. Great Thanks for your work on this. It helpt me great. I,m a beginner with wordpress and try to figure it al out I,m trying to work whit Elementor also great but this whas missing.

  10. Once the duplicate is edited, how do you then replace the original that is live?
    It seems like it would be a lot of steps.
    – Rename the duplicate to match the original.
    – go into the customize settings
    – go into menu
    – create a new menu item, pointing it to the new edited version.
    – delete the menu item pointing to the original version.
    etc…
    Is that about right?
    Is there a simpler way?

  11. Thanks for the info. What I want to be able to do is rename the Duplicate/Clone page, so it is found in Searches (and at the bottom on my website). Can you give me some guidance please.

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