Necessary Tools provides useful features that should be included in WordPress by default. Current features include post cloning.

Author:Forest Hoffman (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0.2
WordPress version tested:4.7.17
Plugin version:1.1.1
Added to WordPress repository:27-08-2015
Last updated:01-04-2017
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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This plugin contains features that improve the quality-of-life for WordPress users.

  • Cloning Posts: clone any post or page, duplicating everything but it’s title (supports custom post types)
  • Exporting Posts: export posts or pages individually or in bulk (supports custom post types)

Cloning Posts

Re-creating posts with similar structure or content can be time-consuming, but cloning makes the process nearly instantaneous!

The cloning feature adds a small grey button, with the text “Clone”, above the Update/Publish button in the Post/Page edit page. As stated above, all content, meta data, and taxonomies are copied to the clone from the original.

Exporting Posts

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 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.

Compatibility Troubleshooting

If there are any plugin or theme conflicts with Necessary Tools, Necessary Tools features can be enabled/disabled at will via the “Necessary Tools Options” page in the admin menu. This should hopefully make troubleshooting easier.