As you can see, within the image below, WordPress offers us to numerically arrange our Pages via a feature entitled 'Order'. I have been using this as a means to help organise my Pages, for my own personal benefit. enter image description here

Does this feature have any impact on areas such as; Sitemaps, overall site architecture/hierarchy or even does it play an factor in search engine algorithms, when it comes to assigning 'Submission Priorities' etc or is this feature solely for the benefit for those who work on the website, as a means to help with organisation?

Simply put, does this feature have any impact on the site, regardless of if/how/when it is used?


Short answer: No, it does not have any impact at all.

Longer answer:

The 'Order' field is a remnant from the early days of WordPress. Its only purpose is to order the pages in the admin for easier content management. Plus, people can use it to display a list of pages in their preferred order, for example in the main navigation. Nowadays custom nav menus are being used everywhere though, so it's not really useful there. This means nothing in the front end of your website changes when you manipulate the order field.

None of the SEO plugins I know use the order field in any way. Why should they? The order in which URLs are listed in XML sitemaps (which you can submit to search engines) is a) not determined by the order field (none of the SEO plugins I checked use that field anywhere) and b) has no effect on their priority. XML sitemaps have a separate priority field for that, which would be determined by the importance of a page, the frequency of changes to it, and things like that — the menu order has nothing to do with that. And even if it would, Google is not even using the priority field for its ranking.

The only thing the order field really is good for is ordering your pages in the admin to make lives easier. Nothing more.

  • I thought as much @swissspidy. Thank you for your clarification. – Craig Jan 21 '18 at 19:10
  • I use the order field to affect the order of things on the front end a lot – Cai Jan 21 '18 at 19:28
  • This is making a sweeping generalization that isn't necessarily true. It might be true in core, and whatever SEO plugins you've tried, but plenty of plugins could use the order attribute. It's not reasonable to say nothing uses it. For example, plugins for creating an HTML sitemap or page list probably use it. – Jacob Peattie Jan 22 '18 at 4:26

Yes, it will change the sitemap order and navigation of your site.
I hope this will help
How to change the Navigation and Sitemap order in WordPress

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