How to Duplicate content in WordPress

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I have been using WordPress for years, and I know that there are a lot of features that make it my favourite platform to use. Yet, not every feature is available in WordPress, and one of the most requested guides is “How to duplicate content” or “How do I clone a page”.

This tutorial will show you how to duplicate pages in WordPress sites with the Yoast Duplicate plugin.

As a blogger, there are times when you wish to make a new post or page with a particular design or keep a specific post format. This may need you to make a duplicate of that given post or page on which you could make these changes.

While creating a replica of the page, you could copy and paste the content of that given post or page to a new draft. But, you would end up leaving out other elements such as the excerpt, featured image, author, among others.

You need to duplicate the same post or page to ensure that you don’t leave some elements out. The process is straightforward and takes only a few minutes! Let’s get into the steps to duplicate content in WordPress.

Video Tutorial

1. CREATE A BACKUP OF YOUR SITE

It is a rule of thumb to always backup your website before making changes, such as adding plugins or making updates.

This enables you to restore your site with a previously working backup version if the changes or updates do not go as planned.

Website backup options in WPEngine.
Backup options in WP Engine.

Depending on your hosting provider, follow the respective steps to create a site backup. At MRK WP, we use WP Engine for hosting, which provides an easy interface for creating a backup and also restoration in case of anything.

2. INSTALL AND ACTIVATE THE YOAST DUPLICATE POST PLUGIN

Open the WordPress Admin Dashboard and go to the Plugins – ‘Add New’ menu item. Next, search for the “Yoast Duplicate plugin“, click ‘Install now’ and activate the plugin.

How to install the Yoast duplicate plugin
Plugin installation process

Or you could download the plugin zip file from the WordPress website have it imported, installed, and activated on your site.

3. CONFIGURE THE YOAST DUPLICATE PLUGIN SETTINGS

After activation, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings. You can access these by going to Settings – Duplicate Post.

Accessing the Yoast Duplicate plugin settings
How to access the plugin settings

The settings have three sections, and these are;

What to copy

Under this tab, you select the post/page elements you would like to copy when creating a duplicate post. These include the post/page title, date, status, slug, and featured image. Then, all you have to do is tick the checkbox of the given element you would like to copy when creating a duplicate post.

What to copy settings in Yoast Duplicate
What to Copy options

You can also;

  • Set the title prefix and suffix of the duplicate post created
  • Name the fields you would not like copied
  • Check the taxonomies that should not be duplicated.

Permissions

Under permissions, you assign the various user roles allowed to duplicate posts. These could be the administrator, editor, author, and contributor.

We also set the different post types we will be copying under this section. These could vary depending on the post types on your website. Thus, ensure to check the option for those different post types you would like to have duplicated.

Setting permissions in Yoast Duplicate
Permissions options

Display

In this section, you can mark the duplicate option links you would like to show and where these should appear. These links are the various functionalities offered by the plugin.

The links include; New draft, Clone and Rewrite & Republish. These can appear in the post list, admin bar, edit screen or bulk options. You also get a chance to determine whether to show the original item and update notice under this settings tab.

Configuration of display yoast duplicate functionality links
Determine which functionality link should be displayed

You should configure the plugin settings based on your preference. Check out the Yoast Duplicate documentation here. You can further understand the settings and functionalities offered by the plugin.

4. DUPLICATE POST

To duplicate a page or post in WordPress, go to the post or page list. Hover over the post row. You will then view the duplicate links that could enable you to copy the page or post.

The links displayed provide the following functionality.

Clone link: Make a copy of that specific post or page that appears as a draft.

Clone option to duplicate content in WordPress
Yoast Duplicate clone button option

New Draft link: Copies that post or page as a new draft in the editor, allowing you to start working on it immediately.

New draft link to duplicate content in WordPress
Link for post duplication by creating a new draft

Rewrite & Republish: Creates a duplicate post on which you can make changes. These changes will not affect the original published post. At the Republish stage, these changes merge into the original post. The plugin will then delete the duplicated post.

Rewrite and publish link Yoast Duplicate
Rewrite and publish duplication method

Note

Our Gravity Forms Styler for Divi does not work well with duplicate pages. If you duplicate a post with a Gravity Form Styler module inside it, you will need to reinsert the form for it to work.

Here is a short video tutorial on using this Rewrite and Republish feature in the Yoast Duplicate plugin.

Reasons for duplicating a post

Here are some reasons you might want to use a duplicating tool in WordPress.

  1. To use a previously used format

For instance, you have created an FAQ page and now want to make another with the same design. The Yoast Duplicate plugin allows you to duplicate this page. It eliminates the hassle of creating a whole new page to replace text and images.

  1. Experiment with content

Do you want to experiment with your content? You can duplicate a post to try new things, such as different headlines, images, or structures. If it doesn’t work out, no problem! You can always revert to the original post without harming or deleting the duplicated item.

Example of duplicate content by the Yoast duplicate plugin in WordPress
Duplicate content example

Important to note:

As you duplicate content in WordPress, ensure that the content inside the particular page or post is different. Avoid having identical or duplicate content on your WordPress site.

Search engines such as Google will not know which post to rank in the top results. As a consequence, the original post might not rank well, or you could be marked as a spam website. This is one of the most common duplicate content issues.

Final Thoughts

The Yoast Duplicate plugin saves time and energy by making it easy to duplicate content in pages or posts in WordPress. It’s an absolute must for any blogger or business owner who wants to be more efficient with their blog writing process. Mainly if you publish many times per week as I do!

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