We can order pages by title.

Also we can sort them by menu_order.

Is it possible, to order pages by menu_order and title at the same time?

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Use 'orderby' => 'title menu_order' or &orderby=title menu_order (depending of the syntax you use for your query parameters).

  • Wow. Does that work? I'll have to try it out... It doesn't look like it should from the source... Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 21:20
  • See line 2139, wp-includes/query.php
    – sorich87
    Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 21:54
  • Yup, its in there. Thanks - I never realized that was possible! Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:52
  • It doesn't seem to be documented anywhere. I actually discovered it while browsing through the code. :)
    – sorich87
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 18:15
  • wow... didn't know. looked in the codex and learned alot: none makes it empty and it really is an array exploded by spaces. already added it to the codex.
    – kaiser
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 5:10

I don't yet have enough rep to comment so I will have to post this tidbit as an answer instead.

Since WP 4.0, you may compound any of the available orderby values by padding them as a space-delimited list.

This is somewhat documented here

orderby will also parse a space-delimited set of columns:

$q = new WP_Query( array( 'orderby' => 'title author' ) );

Prior to 4.0, there was a problem: the value for order would only be applied to the last value that you passed in that space-delimited list, producing an ORDER BY clause like:

ORDER BY post_title, post_author DESC

In answer to your question, you may use 'orderby' => 'menu_order title'

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