Duplicate a Menu in WordPress the Easy Way
WordPress menus may seem like a basic thing but they are actually quite elaborate navigation systems. Out of the box, they are simply terrific – efficient, powerful and robust. Creating a custom menu is also quite simple and can get you a long way in terms of website functionality. There’s one problem with them, though. They are not exactly portable. This means that if you want to make a change to a menu, or to quickly create a similar one, you basically have to work with it live, without the possibility of reverting to the old menu. Manual replication of menus comes with its own set of risks, which is why we highly recommend using a plugin.
How to Duplicate a Menu Using a Plugin
Duplicate Menu is an excellent plugin that allows you to duplicate a menu. It basically lets you make as many copies of a menu as you want, and use them for whatever you need. It works by creating a clone that maintains all the structural relationships of the original one, which is incredibly important for stability.
Installing the Plugin
The first thing to do, obviously, is to install the plugin.
Log into your Dashboard. Go to Plugins – Add New:
Search for the plugin “Duplicate Menu”. Install it and Activate it.
Once you’ve installed and activated it, you can find it under Appearance in your menu.
Using the Duplicate Menu Plugin
Clicking on the Duplicate Menu will allow you to choose which menu you want to duplicate, and what you want to name it.
Once you have duplicated the desired menu, search for it in your Menus:
Now that you saw how easy it is to create duplicate menus using this neat little plugin, you can create your own menu copies and use them whenever necessary. They might come in handy when you have a great menu you want to save and use in the new theme you’re using. Quickly create a duplicate and make your changes there, without touching the original one. Or, you might need one when you need conditional tags that allow you to show different content to different users. There are more situations in which a duplicate menu might come in handy, so we highly recommend you give this plugin a shot.