I have a custom type posts and I need to make it ordering by something different way. not by date, id, names.

Is there any way to put ordering numbers and listing by the numbers?

Because we have a several new posts should be placed 2nd, 3rd,...etc but I don't it's easy to do.

So I was thinking if there is any place to put ordering numbers and order by the numbers would be the best.

Is there anyway or plugin for it?


1 Answer 1


Use a custom field named 'order' in each post. Remove the field from posts you do not want to display. Then call the WP_Query object to sort the order field numerically (meta_value_num) skipping any values less or equal to 0 (like in the meta_query below).

$posts = new WP_Query( array(
    'orderby'    => 'meta_value_num',
    'meta_key'   => 'order',
    'order'      => 'ASC',
    'meta_query' => array(
            'key'     => 'order',
            'value'   => 0,
            'compare' => '>',
) );

if ( $posts->have_posts() ) {
    echo '<ul>';
    while ( $posts->have_posts() ) {
        printf( '<li><a href="%s">%s (%s)</a></li>', get_permalink(), get_the_title(), get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'order', true ) );
    echo '</ul>';


In this example, the number in parenthesis in each link is the value in the 'order' custom field.

  • this is what I have been looking for. I am using the plugin, but I will work on it very soon :)
    – pulla
    Oct 14, 2013 at 3:16

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