Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order


Order Categories and all custom taxonomies terms (hierarchically) using a Drag and Drop Sortable javascript capability. No Theme/plugins update is required the code apply the customised sorting to the front queries on the fly.
If multiple taxonomies are created for a custom post type, a menu will allow to chose the one need to be sorted. If child categories (terms) are defined, those can be ordered too using the same interface.

Also you can have the admin terms interface sorted per your new sort.

This plugin is developed by Nsp-Code

See the Advanced Taxonomy Terms Order for advanced features.


Available in English, Dutch, French, Deutch, Slovak, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Czech and Romanian
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  • Category Order Interface.
  • Multiple Taxonomies Interface.


  1. Upload taxonomy-terms-order folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin from Admin > Plugins menu.
  3. Once activated you should check with Settings > Taxonomy Terms Order
  4. Use Taxonomy Order link which appears into each post type section to make your sort.


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Since I have no PHP knowledge at all, is this plugin for me?

Absolutely, you can!
Unlike many other plugins, you don’t have to do any code changes to make your post order to apply, accordingly to custom-defined order. There is an option to auto-update the WordPress queries so the posts will be returned in customised order. This can be turned off (Autosort) to allow customized code usage.

I prefer to apply the sort through code, how can be done?

Include a ‘orderby’ => ‘term_order’ within your get_terms() arguments.

What taxonomies will allow me to sort?

You can sort ALL taxonomies ( hierarhically active ), including the default Categories.

Is there any way i can get my admin interface to use the custom terms order?

Absolutely, the plugin can do that. In fact you can configure so only the admin will update and the front side template will display the terms as before.

There is a feature that i want it implemented, can you do something about it?

All ideas are welcome and i put them on my list to be implemented into the new versions. Anyway this may take time, but if you are in a rush, please consider a small donation and we can arrange something.

I still need more features

Consider upgrading to our advanced version of this plugin at a very resonable price Advanced Taxonomy Terms Order Order


23 чэрвеня, 2023
Their website is stuck in the 90's and the documentation translated by anxious squirrels - but the plugin itself is brilliant. It only takes a few minutes to set-up and now my client has an easy way to order all the cat/tax/posts however they want (I have both cat and post order plugins). Highly recommended.
2 кастрычніка, 2022
Was working well until it started messing up the order of one of my plugin’s (Comic Easel) custom taxonomies. I moved to Custom Taxonomy Order by Marcel Pol in the meantime. Maybe add an option to reset or wipe settings?
28 жніўня, 2022
i crate acount to 5 rating this plugin.becus show parent category in website
21 жніўня, 2022
Works perfect. Thank You Could be feature auto sort by name or date 🙂
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  • Trigger wp_cache_flush when saving the order to clear the internal caches
  • WordPress 6.3 compatibility tag


  • Use term name for admin queries, when the admin sort is active, to avoid “random” returns on certain servers, when term order are empty.
  • WordPress 6.2.2 compatibility tag


  • New filter tto/admin/plugin_options/capability to add custom roles and capabilities.
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 6.2


  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 6.1.1


  • Use esc_html to escape the ajax response message, to avoid single quotes which will break the code.


  • Add the required column when create a new site, when running under MultiSite environment.


  • Create the required columns for all sites, when running under MultiSite environment.
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 6.0.1


  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 6.0


  • Readme file updates, typos fixes.
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.9.1


  • Remove Twitter button
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.8.2

  • Minor code updates
  • Code cleanup
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.8.1

  • Clear the term cache to ensure the updated order reflect for certain caches

  • Apply the order within admin if ignore_term_order argument is set and not true
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.7

  • Fix: Call to undefined function wc_get_attribute_taxonomies()
  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.6

  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.5

  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.4

  • Compatibility tag update for WordPress 5.3


  • Ignore WooCOmmerce Attributes order as being changed through default interface


  • Rely on ‘terms_clauses’ filter than ‘get_terms_orderby’ as producing issues with the $maybe_orderby_meta backward compatibility.
  • Fix WooCommerce category order apply


  • Ignore admin sort when using columns order within Taxonomy interface


  • Replaced serialize with JSON when saving terms order
  • New filter to/get_terms_orderby/ignore to allow sort ignore when Autosort is turned On
  • Addon code to ignore term_order sorting when Co-Authors plugin term query

  • Add nonce field for AJAX sort update

  • Removed Google Plus share button which triggered some JavaScript errors


  • Use JSON instead serialize method when sending order through AJAX
  • Updated PO language file

  • Default admin capability changed from install_plugins to manage_options to prevent DISALLOW_FILE_MODS issue.
  • Prepare plugin for Composer package
  • Interface table th elements titles left align
  • Interface Taxonomy terms count fix


  • Included ‘ignore_term_order’ to force menu_order ignore when autosort active.
  • Translations issues update


  • Remove translations from the package
  • Removed donate banner
  • PHP 7 fix
  • Unused action remove


  • textdomain folder fix
  • Translation fix for user roles
  • the_title filter replaced with terms_walker
  • Add Nonce for admin settings


  • Texdomain change to taxonomy-terms-order to allow translations through
  • WordPress 4.4 compatibility update
  • Css updates

  • Security bug fix


  • Translation textdomain fix – thanks to Pedro Mendonça
  • Portuguese localization update – Pedro Mendonça


  • User role switch from deprecated user_level to capabilities
  • Taxonomy sort for media
  • Admin Options update


  • Iranian Language (
  • Admin css updates.


  • Polish Language(Pozdrawiam – ; Mateusz – )


  • Hungarian Language(Adam Laki –
  • Ukrainian translation (Michael Yunat –
  • Czech translation


  • Brazilian Portuguese Language (Rafael Forcadell –


  • Traditional Chinese Language (Danny –
  • Minor admin styling


  • Menu walker update
  • Translations load fix
  • Japanese language


  • Headers already sent bug fix
  • Slovak Language (Branco Slovak


  • Small updates
  • German and French languages.


  • Localization implement, Dutch and Romanian.
  • Many thanks to Anja Fokker