There is not much I miss about the classic editor. It was dead to me when the block system became the new normal. However, there might be a feature or two that I miss.

The biggest of those features? The “Add New” button at the top of the post editor.

quickpost-classic-editor QuickPost Plugin Allows Users To Create New or Duplicate Posts from the WordPress Content Editor design tips“Add New” button in the classic editor.

So, when Aurooba Ahmed mentioned that she was building a plugin to address this very problem on Twitter, I took note, eagerly awaiting the day of its release. Losing the button for adding a new post was a user experience regression, and her QuickPost plugin rights one of the wrongs with the block editor that has long gone unfixed.

This is particularly true for fullscreen users. They have no quick access to the Add New links available via the toolbar or admin menu. Neither are shown in fullscreen mode.

The plugin works right out of the box. There are no settings to configure. Just install, activate, and look for the Add New button to appear when editing a post.

quickpost-add-new QuickPost Plugin Allows Users To Create New or Duplicate Posts from the WordPress Content Editor design tipsBlock editor with “Add New” button.

The button also comes with an extra option for duplicating posts. It is available by clicking the vertical ellipsis icon on the side of the button.

Ahmed argues in her announcement post that the duplicate-post feature is a fundamental part of content publishing:

This functionality is core to anything that provides a content creation experience (excluding social media). Can you imagine Microsoft Word without the “Save As..” feature, that essentially serves as a way to duplicate documents? Or the “Open a copy” feature they later introduced?

I agree. It has long been needed as a core feature and the active install numbers from plugins that offer it back it up.

To copy a post, users need to only click the “Duplicate Post” button. The plugin will create the copy and transfer the user over to the editing screen for it:

quickpost-duplicate QuickPost Plugin Allows Users To Create New or Duplicate Posts from the WordPress Content Editor design tipsDuplicated post.

The plugin automatically copies the post data and metadata. It only changes the title of the duplicate post to “Copy of Post Title.” Ahmed noted in the announcement that she might add a feature for customizing this in the future.

She also said she is thinking of other features to improve the plugin. The ideas include batch duplication, a new post keyboard shortcut, and more UI improvements.

For my own workflow where I might be working on multiple pieces of content at once, QuickPost feels like it is mere inches away from perfection. One of the downsides of the plugin’s “Add New” button is that it is literally a