Child Order

Quickly adjust the order of child pages.

Author:Marcus Downing (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:3.9.34
Plugin version:1.1
Added to WordPress repository:16-05-2014
Last updated:16-05-2014
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Adds an admin panel when editing edit pages, to let you rearrange this page’s child pages and switch their display on/off.

This will only affect parts of your theme that display a list of links to child pages, and only those which respect the menu_order setting. It has no effect on Menus. You need to edit those with the existing menu interface.

Actually displaying the list of child pages is outside the scope of this plugin – there are plenty of themes and plugins that do that.


For developers, there are a lot of hooks exposed by this plugin, which you can use to add fields and behaviours

When displaying the meta box:

  • child_order_before_list – Action called before writing the list of child pages in the admin area
  • child_order_before_item ($post) – Action called at the start of each item
  • child_order_after_item ($post) – Action called at the end of each item
  • child_order_after_list – Action called after writing the whole list
  • child_order_item_title ($title, $post) – Filter to control the title displayed for an item
  • child_order_message ($message) – Filter to control the message displayed after the list

When saving (in AJAX):

  • child_order_children ($array, $parent_id) – Filter to adjust the list of post IDs before saving
  • child_order_before_save ($array, $parent_id) – Action called before saving the order of items
  • child_order_save_item ($id, $menu_order) – Action called on saving each item
  • child_order_after_save ($array, $parent_id) – Action called after saving the order of items

If you wish to remove the “Edit” and “View” buttons from the output, call this on setup:

remove_action('child_order_after_item', 'child_order_after_item_edit_link');

Be aware that the internal workings of the plugin are subject to change,
so the names and details of these hooks may change in future version.