How to Copy Posts and Pages in WordPress

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Need to copy a page or post in your WordPress site?

No problem!

WordPress doesn’t have a built-in tool for duplicating posts. However, there is a free plugin you can install and it makes copying posts and pages easy.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to copy both posts and pages in your WordPress dashboard

Update: this new video tutorial will also walk you through the steps:

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How to copy a post (or page)

The plugin we’ll use to add post duplication to WordPress is called Duplicate Post.

Duplicate Post Plugin

You can install and activate it from the Plugins menu in your WP admin dashboard.

Once activated, navigate to the Posts or Pages menu. Hover over any post and you’ll see two new links.

screenshot of Clone and New Draft options

If you click the Clone link, you’ll stay in the Post menu and a copy of the selected post will be made. If you click New Draft, a copy will be created and you will be redirected to the post editor for the new post.

In other words, both links do virtually the same thing. And that’s all you really need to know about duplication

Customize the copy settings

Basic duplication might work fine for you, but this useful plugin includes a variety of additional settings.

You can select exactly what content from posts you want to duplicate which is awesome.

Duplicate Post Options

The Duplicate Post Options menu is available under the main Settings menu (Settings > Duplicate Post).

Bulk clone posts too

If you have a bunch of posts to duplicate you’ll love this feature.

Duplicate Post is fully-integrated with the bulk-editing tools in WordPress. While in the Posts menu, you can select as many posts as you want using the checkboxes and switch the action drop-down selector to Clone, like this:

Bulk Clone Posts

Click the Apply button and every selected post will be duplicated.

Easy post duplication

While WordPress doesn’t come with this feature included, it’s easily added with the Duplicate Post plugin.

The duplication settings and bulk editing tools are a nice addition too. You can get precise control over how you copy posts with this plugin.

If you have any questions about how to duplicate posts in WordPress, post a comment below.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley
This article was written by Ben Sibley. He is a WordPress theme designer & developer, and founder of Compete Themes.