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Drupal CMS: Clone content

Learn about cloning content in Drupal.

This guide is aimed at

  • Staff
  • PG Students

Before you start 

You need to be a Senior Editor, Editor or Author
When editing use Chrome, Firefox or Safari but NOT Internet Explorer


You may want to use an existing page as a template for other pages.
A simple way of doing this is to click on 'clone content' when in editing mode and changing the title.
That way, you have a copy of the original page and can start making the necessary changes without having to retype everything again.

When you clone, this is what happens:

  1. the authorship is set to the current user
  2. the menu and url aliases are reset and
  3. the words "Clone of" are inserted into the title to remind you that you are not editing the original content
  4. Take note!!! - because the 'cloned page' was already published, the minute you save the newly cloned page will be published when you save it!

  1. Make sure you are in editing mode
  2. At the top of the page in question, where you normally click on 'edit draft' or 'new draft', click on 'Clone content'
  3. Change the title 'Copy of ....' to the new title
  4. Make the necessary changes
  5. Depending on your role:
    if you are a Senior Editor: click on 'Publishing options - Draft (Current)' in the left-hand menu, choose 'published' from the drop-down menu
    if you are an Editor: click on 'Revision information' in the left-hand menu, choose 'published' from the drop-down menu
    if you are an Author: click on 'Revision information' in the left-hand menu, choose 'needs review' from the drop-down menu
  6. Save

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