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Simple Page Ordering: How to Organize WordPress Pages with Drag & Drop

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Simple Page Ordering: How to Organize WordPress Pages with Drag & Drop

In the past, we have shown you how to arrange WordPress posts and other custom post types using drag & drop. While pages would certainly qualify as custom post types, that plugin doesn’t cover pages. In this article, we will show you how to re-order and organize WordPress pages with drag and drop using simple page ordering.

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin called Simple Page Ordering. Once activated there are no settings for this plugin. Simply go to your Pages menu, and start ordering your pages by dragging and dropping them.

Simple Page Ordering Screenshot

Why is this plugin so useful?

This plugin is extremely handy, and we are using it on WPBeginner. You can see it listed in our Behind the Scenes section of our blueprint. We actually used this plugin to create our Blueprint page.

By default WordPress lets you order pages under the page attributes section.

Change Page Order

Back when WordPress did not have the awesome menus, developers utilized this page ordering function to order their menus. However, it was a big pain. Let’s say you ordered your pages 1-10 respectively. Now if you wanted to change the order, you have to modify other page orders as well. Simple Page Ordering plugin makes that job very easy.

The main use for this plugin that we can see now is organizing your sub pages list. For example our Blueprint page is a parent page. All the plugins listed there are sub pages of the Blueprint page.

This plugin is NOT for ordering pages to use in your menus. WordPress menus are quite capable of doing that on their own.

We hope that you find this article useful, and you will use Simple Page Ordering plugin.

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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  1. Trevor says:

    Perfect and thanks.

  2. M. Ramirez says:

    Regarding the answer that says “you cannot put posts in a menu. However, you can put posts in categories and then put each category as a menu item in your navigation menu”… can I use a post as a menu entry within a menu item?

  3. M. Ramirez says:

    If I change the order of a page, does the url of the page change? Do I need to work on redirecting my pages so that they can be found on search engines?

  4. Robin says:

    Hi could someone on staff direct me to an article (if one exists) that will help me find a plugin to organize my posts better. I don’t even know what to search for in my plugin search box, but basically I want to have several items on my menu such as
    cuisine, travel, crafts, etc.
    Then when I create a blog post relevant to that menu topic, I want to post it under that menu title. I was wondering is it possible to not only do this, but also put the post on a main feed on the front page as well? So the post would show up under the menu area and also the main feed.
    I’ve seen other blogs that do this on their sites to some degree, however I’m on the “shoe-string” budget plan right now and need to figure out a way to NOT hire a developer to do this for me.
    Any help would be fantastic…
    Thanks so much!

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You cannot put posts in a menu. However, you can put posts in categories and then put each category as a menu item in your navigation menu. For example, you can see how added categories in the menu under blog. Simply go to Appearance » Menus and then click on categories tab in the left hand column to expand it. Select a category you want to add to the menu and save your menu. Now create a new post and file it under that category. Hope this helps.

  5. tinalear says:

    This video is completely useless to me because it jumps right in saying “we’ll go to the “plugins” and bla bla bla” HOW DO YOU GET TO THE PLUGINS ? My wordpress site doesn’t have it. Totally frustrating.

  6. dlockguitarstudio says:

    I updated to the new WP version, and installed simple page ordering. I’ve also logged out/back in. There’s no handle to drag/drop in pages, and I can’t reorder in page attributes either. What to do?

  7. John says:

    Another great plugin is WorderbyPress

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