Hey, it’s Hoz with a new WordPress tips and tricks episode and in today’s episode, I’m going to demonstrate how I duplicate a page in WordPress.
Here’s the main reason I like to do this: when I have worked on a page and I have the layout just right (you know what I mean) and I need to create a new page that has the same consistency, that’s one of the times when I duplicate a page in WordPress. Rather than recreate everything I did before, it’s far easier (and better for my stress levels) to clone the page I like and use that as the template for the new page.
Here's what we're going to be covering...
My go-to WordPress Duplicate Page Plugin
I want to show you the plugin that I use when I need to create a duplicate page in WordPress. I’ve been using this plugin for a long time and it’s one of my essential plugins.
It’s called Duplicate Posts and it enables you to clone pages on WordPress at the click of a mouse. Literally.
In the video, you can watch me install the plugin (please watch it to make sure you get the right plugin, because there are a few different plugins that do this).
The plugin itself has a very basic and distinctive icon. This particular plugin has over a million active installs.
Can I Only Duplicate a Page in WordPress or Can I Also Clone Posts?
Since pages and posts are basically the same thing, the plugin does, in fact, enable you to clone wp pages as well as posts. Yay!
How Does the Duplicate Posts Plugin Work?
The plugin itself requires zero configuration. Once you activate the plugin, you’re good to go.Some WordPress plugins work like a charm right out of the box. Those are worth hanging on to.Click To Tweet
To use the functionality of the plugin, you simply go to your Pages or Posts section in your WP Admin dashboard and find the page or post you want to duplicate.
As you’ll see in the video, when you hover your cursor over the title of the page or post, when the plugin is active, a new item called Clone appears in the hyperlinks under the title (edit etc).
To clone the page, you simply click the Clone link and you’re done!
Some Good Housekeeping Practices When Duplicating Pages or Posts
Once you click the Clone link, you’ll see the cloned page or post appear as a draft. Naturally, as it’s an exact copy, so it has the same title.
Although it is a draft, and that alone tells you that it’s the duplicated page, you may be working on something over a period of time, or you may want to create iterations, duplicating different versions of the page as you go.
Either way, it’s a good idea to keep things in order so we don’t get confused (and super angry) later on (trust me on this).
The first thing I do when I clone a page is to hit Quick Edit and add the word BAK, followed by the date.
This really comes in handy if there are other people involved. For example, if you’re showcasing different variations to a client or someone else then you want to keep each variation on hand, at least until the final decision is made on the winning variation.
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