I want to change the order of my posts, pages and media. How do I do that?
That’s a question that lands in my inbox on a regular basis. Here is my list of plugins and resources to help you do just that!
How to Organize the WordPress Media Library
- Enhanced Media Library: If you have tons of media files you can use this plugin to organize them into categories and then how they display with filter-based shortcodes.
- Media Library Assistant: Enhances your WordPress Media Library; powerful shortcodes [mla_gallery] [mla_tag_cloud] [mla_term_list], taxonomy support, IPTC/EXIF/XMP/PDF processing, bulk/quick edit.
- WordPress Media Library Folders: Add and build new folders and sub folders to label and organize as you wish instead of just month/date. Move, copy, rename via a drag-n-drop interface. Also regenerates thumbnails, SEO image ALT and TITLE tags too.
How to Organize WordPress Posts
The Post Types Order plugin allows you to order posts and post type objects using a drag-n-drop sortable interface. The order can be customized within the default WordPress post type archive list page or a separate reorder interface which will display all objects. You can reorder the posts for any custom post types you define.
How to Order WordPress Posts Chronologically
When you add a new post to WordPress, by default, the most recent post will be displayed first. If you just have one post you want to move, you can accomplish that by changing the date accordingly so that is appears in the order you would like. If you want a more expansive change, the Chronological Posts plugin reverses the default post order throughout your site to be chronological instead of reverse-chronological.
How to Organize WordPress Pages
You can change the order that your pages are displayed by using the Order field of the Page Attributes module.
Let’s say you have three pages: About, Contact, Services
If you wanted Services to appear first, you’d need to do the following:
- Go to Pages in your dashboard.
- Find the page Services and click the title.
- Locate the Page Attributes module to the right of the editor.
- Put the number 1 in the box for Order. This tells WordPress to display this page first on your site.
- Click the Update button.
Repeat the process for your other pages, but use higher numbers for the Order field: 2, 3, etc. This tells WordPress to display these pages second and third. If you’re using the Pages Widget, be sure to set the “Sort by” option to Page Order after setting a custom order for your pages. Then click Save & Publish.
Check out the WordPress.com guide on Page Attributes.
How to Organize WordPress Categories
The best way to organize your categories is to map them out from the start. Too many categories can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on site visitor’s user experience. Putting pen to paper to list your categories, and subcategories gives you a visual of how your data will be organized.
When you have lots of categories it can be difficult to manage them within the WordPress windows. If you find yourself frustrated and need an interface to accomodate your growing category list, WordPress Real Category Management, which is a Premium Plugin for $18 USD, helps you take your WordPress categories to the next level with ultra fast organization mode. Manage categories in an explorer-like tree view and create a custom category order.
How to Organize Tags
Tags can get out of control fast! Once you read my article on Categories and Tags and get yours setup properly, the Tag Groups plugin helps you organize tags in groups. It also works with categories or other custom taxonomies, like product tags. The plugin comes with a configurable tag cloud where tags are displayed in tabs or in an accordion. Filters and bulk actions make your work with tags much easier, and you can even filter the list of posts in your backend by the group that their tags belong to.
How to Order Your WordPress Portfolio
Just like your images, pages and posts, portfolio items are also displayed in chronological order. With the last added showing first. The Post Types Order mentioned above will work via a handy drag and drop interface for your portfolios too.
Now you have the resources to reorder, order and organize WordPress pages, posts and media any way you desire! Just imagine the time that you will free up by getting everything organized in a way that literally increases your efficiency — while eliminating frustration and time searching for files and content.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.
~ Benjamin Franklin
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