Plugin Of The Week 11/4/2013 – Simple Page Ordering

Managing Your Website Menus With Simple Page Ordering

If you have ever created a WordPress site, then you understand how tedious managing menus and page order can be. Anytime you create a new page it is automatically assigned a number. WordPress defaults to ordering those by that number, making it a pain to create menus and have them show in the order you want. Well, that is a thing of the past. Check out this fantastic yet simple plugin.

Simple Page Ordering

WordPress Compatability: 3.4 – 3.6.1

Last Updated: 5-30-2013

Authors: Jake Goldman10upthinkoomph

Average 5-Star Rating: 4.8

 

Order your pages and other hierarchical post types with simple drag and drop right from the standard page list.

 

You would think this is enough to tell you about this plugin, but it just doesn’t do it justice. This plugin provides the means for admins (and users who are capable of editing backend sections, like posts or menus), to move and rearrange the given order of those sections.

 

When looking at a page menu, you now have the option to grab the listing and rearrange them in any specific order you wish.

 

Where we truly love this functionality is on custom menus.

 

Creating a menu, like the main one you see here above this post, would normally have been a pain to add several sections and sub-sections. Without this plugin we would have had to layout and create the categories, all pages, and sections for the taxonomy in the order we wanted it.

 

This meant making sure everything was created with a specific numbering sequence. This however was also no guarantee of successfully making the menu appear properly. Even if you got it right, heaven forbid if you needed to change something or add additional sections.

 

Using Simple Page Ordering allows you to just not care about that aspect anymore. Just create the sections your site needs. Then, once you are ready simply add those sections to a custom menu and rearrange until you have it just the way you want it. Simply by dragging and dropping the items as needed.

 

The drag and drop interface allows for up / down movement as well as sub-sectioning the menu item. This means making a menu like this:

 

item1   item2  item3  item4

 

Can easily become a menu like this:

 

MenuItem1

Sub-menu1

Sub-menu2

MenuItem2

Sub-menu3

Sub-sub-menu1

 

And so on. Just drag your items where you want them to show, save the menu and check your website with a refresh. Super simple.

 

This is one of those plugins that we feel should be a main staple of WordPress itself, or at the minimum should be installed by any admin that has to manage any menus. (in other words, just about everyone should be using it).

 

Grab the plugin from the WordPress.Org Repository here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-page-ordering/