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WordPress is by far the most popular content management system on the planet. It has some truly remarkable features that make its management a breeze for everyone. However, there are certain functions that are “hidden” from the eyes of ordinary users and require some digging around to leverage them to the maximum. One of these is duplicating pages. In this post, we discuss several simple and more sophisticated methods to perform this task in WordPress.
PSD2HTML has been active in the web development, WordPress development and design market for over a decade and a half. We’ve successfully built thousands of online stores and sites based on a range of content management systems. The largest share among these belongs to the world’s most popular platform for creating and modifying content — WordPress.
There’s nothing we don’t know about this tool — something that the community and our clients can attest to. With every major release, WordPress gets new features (the multisite function, the Gutenberg editor, etc.) that make it more convenient and modern.
In addition to the core functionality, there are a huge number of supplementary tools to handle every task that users might need to perform. These include helpful plugins, ready-to-apply themes, page builders, and developer solutions. In short, you have every reason to keep the “Proudly powered by WordPress” credit in the footer of your site (although you can always remove it).
With all these improvements and enhancements, WordPress still has some secrets to reveal to its users. One of the functions that the developers have preferred to obscure for some reason is duplicating WordPress pages. This process is not as straightforward as many beginners might think.
They might believe that to duplicate WordPress pages or posts, you only need to Ctrl+A and Ctrl+C (or Command-A and Command-C for MacOS users) the content of the original page, create a new one, and Ctrl+V (Command-V) the copied text into the fresh document.
However, they suddenly discover that this doesn’t do the trick. The resulting page or post turns out to be just plain text without any original formatting. Why so?
Well, the fact is that you need to follow a different path to duplicate WordPress pages. Moreover, this path has several ramifications that lead to the same destination. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of them. That is, we’ll show you how to duplicate a page in WordPress by using 1 advanced and 2 simple techniques.
First, though, let’s take a look at the main reasons why you may want to duplicate WordPress pages.
There are multiple scenarios when you may wish to have an identical copy of a page or post. Here are the most typical:
If you’ve come across one of these use cases, we’ve prepared a review of some effective methods to duplicate WordPress pages.
This method is straightforward and requires no technical knowledge. Here’s what you should do:
However simple this method may seem, it has one serious drawback: it’s time-consuming. If you need to copy several posts to create a series, for example, there is a more efficient way to accomplish this: plugins.
Installing a plugin to duplicate a WordPress page is the easiest way to achieve your goal. The official plugin repository has no shortage of these. We’ve picked two of the most popular for our brief review: Duplicate Post and Post Duplicator. Let’s take a look at each.
This “grab all” tool allows you to create an exact replica of your post/page. That means you cannot only have a new post with the same content but also with the rest of the post elements, such as a slug and comments.
Additionally, you can prefix or postfix your post titles. This feature lets you know exactly which of the posts or pages is a copy and which is the original. For instance, you can set “_copy” as the postfix for a duplicate. Then, a post with the original name “How to duplicate a page in WordPress” will be copied as “How to duplicate a page in WordPress_copy.” Very convenient!
Here is what you should do after installing the plugin:
This is another plugin worth giving a shot. It’s lightweight and enables you to duplicate WordPress pages and posts in their entirety, including custom elements.
The process of creating copies with Post Duplicator is almost identical to that of Duplicate Post. The only difference is the last step. Here, you will see the link Duplicate Post or Duplicate Page. Select it and start editing the new document.
Plugins are very handy for duplicating pages in WordPress. Remember, though, that they can become a security threat if you don’t update them regularly. Read this post to learn what may happen if you use an outdated version of a plugin.
One last method to duplicate a page in WordPress we’re going to discuss today is a bit more advanced. Once you’ve applied it, though, you can easily copy any posts or pages in just one click.
If you’re familiar with coding and have edited core WordPress files before, you can try modifying the functions.php file in your WordPress theme. This will allow you to forget about plugins and duplicate WordPress pages and posts individually and in bulk easily.
Here’s how you can go about it:
Does this sound complicated? Our WordPress developers are always ready to help you get things right.
These are just some methods to duplicate WordPress pages. Which of them you pick depends on how frequently you need to copy posts or pages in your work. If you do this just occasionally, copying code manually will probably do. More often? Install a plugin. A lot? Add a function to the functions.php file.
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