Managing the order of your WordPress pages can get frustrating without the aid of a page management plugin. Having a tree view of your site structure can help you stay organized and assist you in quickly reordering your pages. This article will show you how to organize, sort, and reorder pages and posts in WordPress.
About CMS Tree Page View
CMS Tree Page View is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to visually see your pages in a CMS-like tree overview. This is an extremely useful feature for page heavy websites with parent and child menu structure.
Download CMS Tree Page View
The plugin is primarily designed to rearrange and reorder pages, posts, and custom post types, but offers several other features, including WMPL support for sites using languages other than English.
Plugin Features: Organize, Sort, and Reorder WordPress Pages and Posts
Although the name of the plugin suggests it is designed to solely function with pages, this plugin will also function with posts and custom post types. You can turn on or off what the CMS Tree Page View plugin has control over in the settings:
Settings > CMS Tree Page View
WordPress does not provide an easy to use interface to reorder pages and posts and limits you to numerical sort order. This plugin gives you a drag and drop interface to change the sort order of the pages, including child position placement under parent pages.
Another useful feature of the plugin is to add multiple pages at once. If you have ever started a new project and already had the pages mapped out, you know that adding each page individually is a tedious process, especially if you are just trying to create the initial main menu. The plugin will let you name each new page and choose a “draft” or “published” status.
The dashboard widget shows the tree view structure of your website, providing quick access to searching or editing the pages. This is also the place where you can drag and drop a regular page into the post tree widget area, permanently changing it into a post or custom post type. This is a time-saving a feature if you need to convert a page to a post or convert a post to a page.
CMS Tree Page View Screencast
The following screencast demonstrates the plugin’s features.
Final Thoughts: How to Organize, Sort, and Reorder Pages and Posts in WordPress
In the past, I used the pagemash plugin as the go-to tool for page management, but the plugin hasn’t been updated in 10+ years. Fortunately, The CMS Tree Page View plugin has proven reliable and is a solid replacement. It is also still supported by the author and is updated fairly often.
You can find out more information about the CMS Tree Page View plugin by visiting the author’s website.
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