Simple Page Ordering


Order your pages, hierarchical custom post types, or custom post types with “page-attributes” with simple drag and drop right from the built in page list.

Simply drag and drop the page into the desired position. It’s that simple. No new admin menus pages, no clunky, bolted on user interfaces. Just drag and drop on the page or post-type screen.

The plug-in is “capabilities aware” – only users with the ability to edit others’ pages (editors and administrators) will be able to reorder content.

Integrated help is included: just click the “help” tab at the top right of the screen.

Please note that the plug-in is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 and earlier, due to limitations within those browsers.


We’d love to have you join in on development over on GitHub.


  • Dragging the page to its new position
  • Processing indicator


  1. Install either via the plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Get to work reordering your content!


Why can’t I reorder my posts?

Generic posts are not displayed by menu order – they’re displayed by chronology. You can theoretically add menu ordering to posts in your code (theme functions.php, plug-in) by using:

add_post_type_support( 'post', 'page-attributes' );

Can I make my custom post type take advantage of this plug-in?

Yep. When you register the post type, include the page-attributes feature in the support list. This will add a Sort by Order option to the filter links above the drop downs. Once you sort by order, you can drag and drop the content.

'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'page-attributes' ),

Alternatively, when you register the post type, set hierarchical to true – hierarchical post types natively order by menu order.

You can also take advantage of the simple_page_ordering_is_sortable filter, which passes the result of the default check and the post type name, to override default behavior.

I want my non-hierarchical post type to be sortable. Help!

See the previous two answers – just add page-attributes to the list of supported post type features.

I reordered my posts, but the order didn’t change on the front end of my site!

This plug-in doesn’t change any behavior on the front end, it simply changes the menu order stored in WordPress.

If you want a list of pages or custom post types to display in that defined order, you must change the post query’s orderby parameter to menu_order (if it’s not already).

I reordered my content, it seemed to work, but when I refreshed, it went back to the old order!

This most likely means the AJAX request – the server side code – failed after you dropped the content into the new position. Some shared hosts aggressively time out and limit AJAX requests. Version 2.0 batches these requests so you can try reducing the number of items it updates on each request using a filter in your theme’s functions.php or a custom plug-in:

add_filter( 'simple_page_ordering_limit', function($number) { return 5; } );

Where 5 is the number of items to batch on each request (the default is 50). Note that this example uses PHP 5.3+ callback functions, so if you’re still on PHP 5.2, you’ll need to add a traditional callback.

What happened to the drop down box that let me change the number of items on each page in the admin?

This feature is already built into WordPress natively, but a bit tucked away. If you pull down the “Screen Options” tab up top (on the list of post objects) there’s a field where you can specify the number of items to show per page. I decided it was not a very good practice to duplicate this.

How can I modify sortable post types?

Post types can be included or excluded by using the simple_page_ordering_is_sortable filter.

For example, to exclude the excluded_post_type custom post type, add the following snippet in the theme function file or custom plugin:

add_filter( 'simple_page_ordering_is_sortable', function( $sortable, $post_type ) {
    if ( 'excluded_post_type' === $post_type ) {
        return false;
    return $sortable;
}, 10, 2 );

To include the include_post_type custom post type, add the following snippet in the theme function file or custom plugin:

add_filter( 'simple_page_ordering_is_sortable', function( $sortable, $post_type ) {
    if ( 'include_post_type' === $post_type ) {
        return true;
    return $sortable;
}, 10, 2 );

Can I use REST to order posts?

Yes. The plugin registers the REST endpoint simple-page-ordering/v1/page_ordering.


June 20, 2024 2 replies
Cool plugin in itself. Now if only the page attributes would be updated when reordering…..oh wait! I see that they do! Incredible, so you can output them with a query as intended and give the customer a better experience again. Thank you very much. I registered only for this review. Thank you !
December 13, 2023 1 reply
We’d struggled for a while implementing custom sort functionality for a long complex list for a client selling cameras … until we found this plugin. All the issues we were having with a competitor’s premium plugin were solved by switching to this plugin. The main thing was that we were able to manually sort on a custom post type whilst using custom filters. Works like a dream.
October 11, 2023 2 replies
Super nice to be able to order pages in what is almost a grouping. Also works for Elementor Landing Pages [LP] CPT. Thanks for this free plugin and your time maintaining it. Please consider adding this functionality to Elementor template library and other CPT. And enabling the page order tab to be the default view to save time and not need to click and wait for it to load when I open the LP post type
September 3, 2023 1 reply
This makes life so much easier – just drag pages and put them in the order yo want them. So much easier than editing and trying to remember what number comes next. Thanks so much for this.
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2.7.1 – 2024-06-03

2.7.0 – 2024-04-03

2.6.3 – 2023-11-09

2.6.2 – 2023-11-09

  • Changed: Update the wp-compat-validation-tool composer package to version 0.3.1 which properly removes the .git directory (props @Sidsector9, @dkotter via #180).

2.6.1 – 2023-11-08

2.6.0 – 2023-10-25

2.5.1 – 2023-05-16

2.5.0 – 2023-04-18

Note that this release bumps the minimum required versions of PHP from 5.6 to 7.4 and WordPress from 3.8 to 5.7.

2.4.4 – 2023-01-10

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