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I am trying to order the output of one of my menus to be based off of the way they are setup in the Appearance->Menus pane, however it seems to only want to do it alphabetically.

For example I have setup in the Menus pane the following hierarchy:

Weekly Outlook
- Webinars
- Calendar

However it displays like so:

Weekly Outlook
- Calendar
- Webinars

I the menu is generated by the following code. Note, the content is dependant on the page visited.

 <div id="dep-menu">
 <?php global $post;
 if (!is_front_page() && !is_404()) {
     if($post->post_parent) {
         $children = wp_list_pages("title_li=&include=".$post->post_parent."&echo=0&sort_column=menu_order'");
         $children.= wp_list_pages("title_li=&child_of=".$post->post_parent."&echo=0&sort_column=menu_order'");
     } else {
         $children = wp_list_pages("title_li=&include=".$post->ID."&echo=0&sort_column=menu_order'");
         $children.= wp_list_pages("title_li=&child_of=".$post->ID."&echo=0&sort_column=menu_order'");
     if ($children) { ?>
             <?php echo $children; ?>
     <?php }


Here it is in action: http://dailywealthreport.com.au/

The menu I am referring to is the one that comes up when you click on an item in the main menu.

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Shouldn't you be using the wp_nav_menu function? – Rutwick Gangurde Mar 28 '12 at 3:42
possibly, I don't want it to be a "page menu" it's essentially a glorified breadcrumbs only it point's "forward" – Joshua Mar 28 '12 at 3:55
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For 'menu_order' to work, you need to set the page order from the page edit screen. Are you setting orders for your pages?

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I edited the post to link to the page in question. The "main menu" is done with wp_nav_menu and it includes the child pages. I want to echo those child pages in accordance with the order set out in the menu order. – Joshua Mar 28 '12 at 4:06
I got your point, but as you're using wp_list_pages, there doesn't seem to be a straight way to do it. I guess using wp_nav_menu itself by excluding the parent will do your job. – Rutwick Gangurde Mar 28 '12 at 4:09

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