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Sort WordPress posts & change the order in the blog

As the owner of a blog, sooner or later you will reach the point where you are dissatisfied with the order of your blog posts. By default, WordPress displays blog posts in reverse chronological order. The newest post is at the top – the oldest post at the bottom. This poses various problems. You can find out what these are and how you can change the order of your blog posts in WordPress in this blog post by HostPress.

Table of Contents

  1. Why change the order at all?
  2. First solution: via publication date
  3. Second solution: via plugin
  4. Conclusion

Why change the order of blog posts in WordPress?

Before we get into the different ways in which you can change the order of blog posts in WordPress later in the article, we would first like to show you the situations in which it makes sense for you to change the order of your blog posts in WordPress.

Especially for bloggers who have already written and published a large number of different blog posts, it can be useful to change the order of the blog posts afterwards. For people who are just starting out on the blog, however, it doesn’t make as much sense just yet.

Especially when old posts become relevant again due to certain developments or if you want to present particularly relevant/high-quality posts prominently for the visitors of your website, these posts should be at the top of the blog. But how can you change the order of blog posts in WordPress? There are different ways to do this. We would like to explain two of these options to you in more detail below.

First option: change the post date of the blog posts

If you want to change the order of posts on WordPress, you can easily change the post date on WordPress. This is by far the easiest method. The advantage of this method is that you don’t have to install a plugin or have a lot of technical know-how.

The reason for the placement of the post in WordPress is the post date. So if you change the post date, your blog post’s position on your blog will also change. So if you want to put an older blog post prominently at the top of your blog, you need to set the date of the post to the current day. The same applies – of course vice versa – if you want a current blog post to be displayed further down in WordPress.

To change the post date of your blog post on WordPress, simply click on the “Published on“.

You can find this field on the right side of your post in the WordPress backend.

This will bring up a pop-up window in which you can change the creation date of your blog post. Be sure to match the date of your blog post to the dates of the other posts. This allows you to set the exact position where the post should appear on your blog.

Example: If you want to move your post to position two, simply look at the dates on which the first and third posts were published and select a point in time between these dates as the new post date.

Once you’ve changed the date, all you have to do is click “Update” and your blog post will change its position on your WordPress blog. So you see it’s not that difficult.

Second option: Use the “Post Types Order” plugin

If you want to change the order of your blog posts in WordPress without changing the post dates, you can use a plugin. At this point, the “Post Types Order” plugin should be used as a representative of the other plugins to show you how to change the order of your blog posts in WordPress using a plugin.

Step 1: Install and activate the Post Types Order plugin

If you’re having trouble installing this plugin or don’t know what a plugin is, don’t worry. As a HostPress customer, qualified HostPress customer support is always available.

By the way: You should definitely create a backup of your website every time you install a new plugin. This way you are on the safe side if there are problems with the installation. Here is an article on which WordPress backup plugin is the best.

Step 2: Choose New Settings

After installing the plugin, you need to click on “Settings” and then on the “Post Types Order” plugin.

In these settings you can now select exactly for which types of WordPress blog posts the plugin should be activated. You can save the changed settings by clicking on the “Save” field.

Step 3: Change the order of WordPress blog posts

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Now when you go to your posts page in the dashboard, you can change the order of the posts. This works very simply with the help of a drag and drop function. There you can rearrange and rearrange your blog posts as you like. All without changing the post date of your blog post.

Conclusion: Changing the order of blog posts in WordPress is very easy

So you can see that changing the order of your blog posts on WordPress is extremely easy. You don’t need to have any prior technical knowledge. There are a number of ways you can change the order. In this blog post, we introduced you to two of them: either you change the post date or you decide to use the “Post Types Order” plugin.

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