Persistent Forking (WordPress plugin)


Persistent Forking allows contributors of your site to create
permanent “forks” of existing posts. Every fork is a full-fledged
post in its own right and can be published as such. This
distinguishes Persistent Forking from the Post Forking plugin,
where forks are a collaborative tool in order to arrive at a single
definitive version. The parent-child relationships between posts are
tracked and it is possible to visualise the entire family tree of a


Please report any issue that you find while using the plugin at our
GitHub repository:

The first priority of the Digital Humanities Lab is to service
requests from Humanities researchers at Utrecht University. However,
the plugin is open source with a liberal license, so anyone can
provide a patch if we don’t follow up on your issue.

If you are interested in (Digital) Humanities, please have a look at
our website:


  • Forking controls are added to the top of every post. This is only visible for members of your site who can create posts.
  • When you click the "Fork" control, a new post is created and you are redirected to the editing form. The direct parent and the family are displayed in a metabox (red circle). The title of the parent post is copied with "[fork]" in front. As you can see, post contents are not copied over to the fork.
  • When you click the "Show family" control, all parent-child relations within the family are displayed in a tree diagram. You can click on a node to go to the corresponding post.


Just copy the plugin to your wp-content/plugins directory, then
enable the plugin in your admin panel.

Contributors & Developers

“Persistent Forking (WordPress plugin)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.