Customize The Order Of Category List In A WordPress Blog Using Plugin

wordpress Many bloggers display their category list on the “Home” page to provide a good navigation to the viewer. If you want to arrange the list in an order per your choice then download the “My Category Order” plugin and show-off the category from your blog in your way.

Simple way to include the list of category is by using the below mentioned piece of code where you can see that the list would be in an order of “Name of Category”.

<?php wp_list_categories('orderby=name&include=3,5,9,16'); ?>

Once you will activate the “My Category Order” plugin in your blog and will replace the above piece of code with the below mentioned one, then you can arrange the list as per your choice.

<?php wp_list_categories('orderby=order&include=3,5,9,16'); ?>

To define the order of category, you will have to enter in the “My Category Order” window from your wordpress dashboard. There you will get the full list of your defined category where you can drag each of them to arrange in your way. To show a particular category at the start position, just place that category at the top and then arrange the rest in similar manner.

You can see the demo on the “Header” part of this blog where the list of category is shown in a customized fashion (Not in an ascending or descending order).

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.
  • Hi,

    This plugin worked excellently up until the 2.8 releases of WordPress, and the developer worked hard to make it work for 2.8.2 and 2.8.3 but it appears to be broken again with the 2.8.4 release. He’s working on a new version of the plugin though.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-category-order/

  • @gotheek ya, exactly. It was working properly till 2.8.3 but now it is facing some problem with ORDER BY code in cat section. I hope the author will come up with a fix very soon.

  • This is a great plugin but there’s a really simple way to do this without worrying whether it’ll work in future versions of WordPress. All you need to do is write a really basic function and put it into your code.

    I wrote a function (and an explanation of why it works) here:

    http://www.invisibleinkwebdesigns.com/weblog/php/customising-your-category-link-order-in-wordpress/

    Hope that helps guys, let me know if you have any questions.

  • I’m using arthemia and the categories do not get re ordered 🙁