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I want to create and admin area that allows you to add, reorder, and remove existing posts to a 'featured' category by selecting from a dropdown menu that has a list of categories and posts in that category, preferably with a drag and drop functionality.

Would this be done with a custom post type? If so, can anyone direct me to an article somewhere that can get me started on doing this?

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While it's not exactly what you're asking for, check out Zoninator. It does everything you're asking except that it doesn't use categories. I'm guessing you just wanted to use categories to target a featured area of the site, and if so, this does that extremely well. It even has a widget for listing the posts, so no code is required.

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Weird. the Wordpress site has been doing this for me all day. I'll wait till the issue is resolved and report back. d.pr/i/Gc0L –  Danny Michel Feb 23 '13 at 22:21
    
That is an amazing plugin, but you're right, it definitely falls short. –  Danny Michel Feb 23 '13 at 23:06
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