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How to Reorder Articles in Joomla Content Management System

By Seamus Bellamy, Steve Holzner

Altering the order of articles is a two step process in the Joomla content management system (CMS). You will reorder first in Joomla’s Article Manager and then in the Menu Manager. If Article Manager displays too many articles to work with conveniently, you can filter the articles by category.

If you choose a subcategory, Article Manager displays only the articles assigned to that subcategory.


Reorder in Joomla’s Article Manager

When you’ve filtered Article Manager to display just the articles you want to work with, you’re ready to change their order. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the title of the Ordering column to edit the article order.

    The page refreshes, and the up and down arrows next to each article’s page-order number become clickable.

  2. Click the up and down arrows to position articles where you want them, or enter ordinal numbers in the text boxes.

    For this exercise, enter 1 for Chocolate Ice Cream, 2 for Vanilla Ice Cream, and 3 for Sardine Ice Cream.

  3. Click the floppy-disk icon at the top of the Ordering column.

    Joomla displays the articles in the new order.


There — all finished, right? Not yet: If you look at the category page, you see that the article order is unchanged.

Reorder in Joomla’s Menu Manager

To change the order in which articles appear in the category page, you need to use Menu Manager. To reorder articles in the category page, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Menu Manager icon in the control panel or choose Menus→Menu Manager in any back-end page.

    Menu Manager opens.

  2. Click the Menu Item tab at the top of the page.

    Menu Item Manager opens.

  3. Select a menu item.

    For this exercise, scroll through the Menu Item page until you locate Ice Cream Flavors. After you find it, select it by clicking its name.

  4. Click the Blog Layout Options bar to expand that section.

    This section is where you set the order of articles as they appear in the category page.


  5. From the Article Order drop-down menu, choose an option to specify the order in which you want orders to appear.

    For this exercise, choose Article Manager Order.

  6. Click the Save & Close button in the top-right corner of the page.

  7. View the front page in a web browser.

  8. Click the link of the pertinent category page to view the new article order.