The Necessary Tools plugin is a WordPress plugin that builds on the default functionality of WordPress. Its purpose is to provide quality-of-life features to all users. Features include post cloning, and exporting posts individually or in bulk. Of course, custom post types are supported by both features.
Exporting ALL of a WordPress site’s posts in order to import a handful of posts to another site is frustrating. However, selectively exporting posts removes the hassle!
The “Necessary Tools Export” page can be found under the “Tools” admin menu. By default, the table on the page will be populated with any published posts available. The post type and post status dropdowns allow you to change which posts are listed. After selecting a few posts, hitting the export button will prompt you to download the XML file containing the post data.
The XML file can then be imported on any other WordPress installation, via the “Import” page in the “Tools” admin menu.
The cloning feature adds a “Clone” button right above the publishing button in the post edit page. This feature supports posts, pages, and all other custom post types. Any meta-data, excerpts, content, tags, categories, and custom taxonomies will all be copied from the parent post to its child. All it takes is one click and any post can be duplicated.
For example, here’s a post before cloning…
And here’s the clone of the previous post. It has all the same content, except it has a different post-id and I gave it a new name!
I find this feature extremely useful and use it regularly. Recreating posts with similar content is a massive time-suck, and this feature alleviates that pain.
In order to mitigate any potential plugin incompatibilities, features can be toggled on and off via the “Necessary Tools Options” admin menu. I considered this necessary for the Clone Post feature more so than the Export feature. The latter is self-contained in it’s own sub-menu. Whereas, the former appears in an area of the post edit page. The post edit page is free-game for all plugins. This leaves the potential for conflicts with plugins such as Game On. Game On actually contains an old prototype of the cloning feature that is currently provided by Necessary Tools. It’s a weaker implementation, but functional nonetheless! This means that a site with both Game On and Necessary Tools installed can result in two “Clone” buttons. Thankfully, one of them can be disabled, so there’s no confusion.