Joomla 1.6 – How to Fix Featured Articles Sorting by Category Name First

by Elaine on July 23, 2011

Some of you might be having problems sorting your featured articles in Joomla 1.6.  If your featured articles are in multiple categories, Joomla 1.6 defaults to sort by category name first and then article publish date.  This is an easy fix in the Article Manager.

For Example:  You have 7 featured articles created in this order:

  • Article 1-3 are in Category B
  • Article 4-5 are in Category C
  • Article 6-7 are in Category A
On your Joomla 1.6 website they will be displayed in this order:
  • Article 6-7  – Category A
  • Article 1-3 – Category B
  • Article 4-5  – Category C
This is because Joomla defaults to sort by Category name first and then by article publish date.   You will need to access your Article Manager to change the sorting options.  Below are steps to fix the category sorting Featured Articles.
  1. Login to your Joomla 1.6 Administrator backend
  2. Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager
  3. Click on the ‘Options’ button along the top right
  4. Go to the ‘Shared Options’ tab
  5. In the Article Manager Options – Set the following values:
    • Category order = No Order
    • Article Order = Most recent first
    • Date for Ordering = Published
  6. Click on ‘Save & Close’
joomla 16 featured articles sort Joomla 1.6   How to Fix Featured Articles Sorting by Category Name First

Joomla 1.6 - Article Manager No Category Order

After you save your Article Manager options and refresh your website, your featured articles should all be sorted according to their article publish date.
Relating to the example above, your Joomla 1.6 frontpage featured articles will be sorted as:
  • Article 1-3 –  Category B
  • Article 4-5 –  Category C
  • Article 6-7  – Category A
 Joomla 1.6   How to Fix Featured Articles Sorting by Category Name First


Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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B.Hawk April 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Thanks a lot


Elaine April 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hi B.Hawk,
No Problem!
Thanks for your visit,


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