Installed a plugin that allows the re-ordering of posts from any post type / category / tag using a drag/drop interface.

After some time of using, my post order went haywire and new posts began to appear in a jumbled order. The plugin's native reset button resolved this, but the old posts are still jumbled (only for two particular categories).

Plugin author suggested updating menu_order to 0 only for the post type in question and I have a few questions:

  1. I can't seem to find the appropriate field, which table would I look in?
  2. Post types just cover posts, pages and all custom post types, right? If I'm only having this issue with a category, I still have to reset the menu_order of the entire parent post type?
  3. I see the menu_order filter in the Codex, but I thought this was only for top level menu order, not the order of actual posts?
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    This is a SQL/PHPMyAdmin question, not a WordPress question. (There are on-topic elements of this question; please revise to focus on the WordPress-specific elements of your issue). Commented May 1, 2013 at 15:22
  • The parts about correcting the jumbled menu order and about how the menu_order column in the *_posts table works is on topic, which is most of the question, even if the fix is a quick query via PhpMyAdmin.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 15:44
  • If the answer is "use this SQL query", then the question is off-topic. But, the focus of the question can be changed, such that your on-topic answer applies. I'm hoping the OP will update the question accordingly. Commented May 1, 2013 at 15:47
  • Doesn't the fact that I'm asking about Wordpress-specific database structures make this a Wordpress question? I mean, I'm asking about table structure specific to Wordpress — something someone familiar with Wordpress would be able to best advise on. That being said, should I just adjust the title of this question?
    – Orun
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 16:40
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    Another issue is that you're essentially asking three different questions, as one. Commented May 1, 2013 at 16:59

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This piece of mySQL code should do the trick. Go into PHPmyAdmin, click the SQL tab and paste this code:

UPDATE wp_posts SET menu_order = 0 WHERE post_type = 'my_post_type';

This should set menu_order for all posts of the post type of your choice to 0.


menu_order is one of the columns in the *_posts table. In my dev database it only seems to be used for the nav_menu_item post type, but I haven't looked into it very carefully.

I am not sure about the connection to your categories. When I add a category, it is added to the menu as a nav_menu_item. Presumably that is how things work on your site too, unless someone has done something weird.

I don't think that altering that value will break anything. When I tested the menus just reordered but that is it. Make backups and test it on dummy data first.

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    'menu_order' is used by both the nav_menu_item post type, and the page post type - the latter, when returning wp_page_menu() or wp_list_pages() if the 'sort_column' parameter is set to 'menu_order'. I'm honestly not sure how categories are factoring into the OP's issue. Commented May 1, 2013 at 17:06

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