Quickly duplicate a former blog post
Occasionally you may need to reuse the majority of a past post for a new article. For instance, my real estate clients have me blog about a newly listed property, then want me to blog about it when it’s in escrow, then again when it’s sold. In these posts, I often will use the same pictures and descriptions.
I’m all about blogging via WordPress.org blogs, but honestly this is one thing that WordPress.com does better than the self-hosted WordPress blogs, since there isn’t a “copy a post” option in the .org version. I’m sure you could either add this option to your blog’s theme files if you know how to code, or perhaps there’s a plugin that will do this (if you know how you can implement this option in WordPress.org, please let me know below–I would appreciate it!). Regardless, you’re in luck if this is a feature you’d love to use AND you’re blogging on WordPress.com.
“Copy a post” is one of the “writing helper” tools in WordPress.com. When you pick a previous article to use as the template, WordPress will “copy the title, content, tags and categories.”
When you add a new post, you’ll notice beneath the text box the writing helper’s “copy a post” button. Click and WordPress will give you a list of all your past posts to copy. Search for the specific post you’d like to copy by title instead, if you’d like. If there’s a particular post you might want to copy again, you are able to mark a post to keep it at the top.
As a shortcut, you can also go straight to “copy a post” under the post tab.
Do you find this tool useful? When could you use this feature on your blog?
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