In this short in-depth tutorial, I will show you how to duplicate WordPress pages and WordPress post pages of your blog or website.
As a website owner, you will be creating web pages and blog posts a lot. So, I assume that if you are like me, you will be doing a lot with the “WordPress duplicate a page” feature of WordPress.
Also, I recorded this tutorial in the video, you can access the video version of this guide below here;
Why will you want to duplicate WordPress Pages on Your Blog and website?
For certain website niches, the “WordPress duplicate a page” feature is one of the most used.
There are obvious reasons why you might want to duplicate WordPress pages of your website.
Maybe you have done some really hard work to design a beautiful page. Now, you love to use that exact template for a new page.
Why will you begin an entirely new design when you can easily duplicate that WordPress page and edit it for the new page you are trying to build?
You might have created a page but discovered that you love to make a few changes to that page.
Now, it is reasonable you should have a backup plan just in case something you never expected happens while you are editing your page. This is again where the “WordPress duplicate a page” feature come in handy.
If you make a duplicate, you can always return to the original page that remains intact if something goes wrong with your editing.
Having a backup plan is a crucial reason you always want to duplicate WordPress pages before editing.
There are WordPress themes that do not have global design features.
A global feature is a WordPress design feature that allows you to have a similar design layout for all your desired pages or posts.
For example, ideally, you want all your blog posts to follow a consistent design and pattern.
You might be using a WordPress theme that lacks the global design feature. Or you are looking for an easy way out to achieve consistency. Once again you can call upon the “WordPress duplicate a page” feature.
All you need to do is design a single page and then use the duplicate WordPress pages feature to clone several other pages that will follow the same consistent design and layout. Then, you can simply edit the cloned or duplicated page.
Check out how to design a consistent header in the Divi theme(video)
You might have other reasons why you want to use the duplicate WordPress pages feature to duplicate your WordPress web pages and post pages.
Let’s get right in, and let me show you the easiest ways to do so on your WordPress website.
Steps to duplicating WordPress pages on your WordPress website
The easiest way to use the duplicate WordPress pages feature in your WordPress website is to use a simple plugin.
The two plugins that I find so easy to use for this purpose are the duplicate pages plugin and the Yoast duplicate plugin.
I find the duplicate pages plugin a much easier plugin to use, though Yoast duplicate has an extra feature lacking in the duplicate pages plugin.
Note that every step taken to duplicate your pages here will also apply to WordPress post pages duplicate.
How to use the WordPress duplicate a page plugin to duplicate WordPress pages of your website
- Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard
Then if you have existing published pages, they will show up like this
2. Go to the plugin tab on your WordPress admin dashboard and click on the Add New tab
3. Go to the search bar and search for the plugin called “duplicate page”
4. Once it shows up, click the Install button, and the Activate button
5. Once activated, go back to your Pages tab on your admin dashboard. Refresh, then your pages will display as seen below
Now you see that a new features “Duplicate this” has been added to your pages option. You can always access these features when you place your cursor under the page that you want to duplicate.
6. Navigate to the page you want to duplicate (see below) and click the ‘duplicate this” option underneath. Your page will be duplicated as a draft version of the original page.
7. Go to the new drafted page and edit as you will like. Change the page title and the slug, and then you can go ahead and publish your new page.
How to use the Yoast duplicate plugin to clone web pages
Yoast duplicate plugin work just like the duplicate plugin. But, it has an extra feature than the duplicate plugin.
The process of installing this plugin is exactly like the steps we have taken to install the duplicate page plugin, but now, in your plugin search bar in step 3, you should find “Yoast duplicate”.
Once you have installed Yoast duplicate, the duplicate feature will display as Clone (see image).
The extra function of the Yoast duplicate plugin is the rewrite and republish feature. It is a good feature if you want to rewrite an existing article.
All you have to do is go to the blog article that you want to rewrite and click the Rewrite and republish button. Do your rewriting and then publish once you are satisfied.
The importance of this feature is that every metric that you had in the old article will remain intact in the article that you have just rewritten.
So, if this feature appeals to you in addition to a page duplicate, then install and activate the Yoast duplicate plugin instead of the Duplicate pages plugin.
Conclusion: Easiest Way To Duplicate WordPress Pages In WordPress
Duplicating a page on your website is a necessary process if you want to manage your WordPress pages and post pages without stress.
Besides, duplicating a web page before editing is a crucial backup plan in case you run into a hitch while editing an old page.
The easiest way to duplicate WordPress pages is to use a plugin has I describe in this article.
Always duplicate pages, this will save you precious time or back up your pages before editing so you can keep your original page safe just in case you want to return to the old copy.
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