In some cases, duplicating pages in a WordPress website might be more helpful than creating a new page from scratch. When you duplicate a page or post, you take all information related to that page (author, category, tag, Meta Data and SEO items) and clone them into the new page/post.
To duplicate a page, it’s enough to follow some easy, simple steps:
Go to the WordPress Admin Dashboard for your website:
In the left-hand menu, go to Plugins -> Add New.
Search for the Duplicate Page plugin. This is the plugin that’ll help you duplicate pages/posts with just one click.
Click Install Now to install the plugin for your WordPress site.
After you have installed the plugin, click on Activate, to activate the plugin for your WordPress site.
After having activated the plugin, go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins and check if Duplicate Page has been added to your list of plugins for your WordPress website.
For settings related to the Duplicate Page plugin, go to Settings -> Duplicate Page, in the left-hand menu of the WordPress Admin dashboard:
As second setting, you have the options related to Duplicate Post Status. This refers to how the pages/posts that are duplicated will appear in your website.
The options are:
- Draft (the new page or post will be saved as a draft, until you decide to publish it)
- Publish (the clone page or post will be directly published)
- Private (the clone page or post will be set as private, and accessible only through login)
- Pending (the page or post is scheduled to be published at a later date)
It is recommended that you keep the new page/post with the Draft status, in case you need to re-check it before hitting Publish.
Next, go to the Posts or Pages section in the left-hand menu of the Customizer, and select the page you want to copy.
In this case, we selected the About page to duplicate.
When hovering with your mouse over the selected page, you’ll see as last option: Duplicate This.
Click on Duplicate This and you’ll instantly have a copy of the original page:
As you can see, the new page has been saved as draft, and not published. This is related to the Settings we have adjusted for the Duplicate Page plugin, where we selected Draft as status for the duplicate page.
Once the new page has been checked for publishing, you can change its status (e.g. publish it) as you would do with any other page in your list.
Below is an example of duplicate page:
The new page has the exact same elements as the original one.
That’s it. You know how to duplicate pages in WordPress, for your website. We hope this article will help you easily duplicate pages and posts whenever you need to copy them and work on an already existing content pattern.