Make this Post “Sticky”

This one is too good to pass up. It fits right along with the last post on mistakes beginning blogger can make. I’ve never seen this one before but it could be happening to a friend near you.

I got this rather urgent plea for help this morning from a Lab Rat.

“Scott Ficek wrote:
I am at the end of my rope.  I am helping another real estate agent with her blog.  Her blog is sorting by oldest posts first.  I have checked and rechecked every setting and they look correct.  I have deactivated all plug-ins and changed to the default theme to eliminate those possibilities and still can’t get the thing to sort correctly.  I even installed a plug-in that allows you to sort by title or date and no settings change it.  Any thoughts?”

Scott sent me the login information and after checking some of the obvious, I went for the Mr. Spock answer, “When all options are removed the one that is remaining is the answer.”   Paraphrased of course.

The Sticky Situation caused by the sticky option

I went to edit posts, and drilled down to the first post on the site.   I opened in quick edit mode and there it was, that little check box “Make this post sticky”   meaning, make it appear as the first post no matter what follows.

Did you know you can have more than one post marked as “sticky”?   Did you know there is a hierarchy of sticky?   Earliest date followed by the next, and the next, and the next.

Did you know that even if a blogger has 150 posts and marks them all as sticky they will always appear from first to last?

Did you know that you have to uncheck each of those individually, since no one would ever mark every post as sticky. : )

Yes, sticky is an option, often hidden but available from the post editor.   Readily available from Quick Edit.   Which is the quickest way to go through all, YES ALL the posts and uncheck “sticky” and save.

My hat’s off to Scott for being a good friend to a Newbie, even a newbie with 150 + posts.   See, this is what we get ourselves into, a sticky situation.


  1. Being a Newbie myself – thanks for letting me know how to stay out of sticky situations; I had no idea.

  2. “Did you know that even if a blogger has 150 posts and marks them all as sticky they will always appear from first to last?”

    I’ve fiddled with this a little. On one of our blogs I have three sticky posts. I’ve republished the three sticky posts (hence, changing the date) so my 3 posts are in the order I want them. 🙂

    Joe ´s last blog post..$8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit | Housing Stimulus Dollars

  3. I have had a few of those “ah-hah” moments when setting up Word Press sites. Thanks for the sticky tip. I am adding it to my list.

  4. Thank you so much for this post from a newbie. It was great information to have.

  5. Hi, I’m using this theme also on my site and I’ve just noticed that the comments all have the same date as when the post was publish (but comments were made after) is this a bug that can be fixed? Also did you have any problems with getting the ‘featured News’ widget to work? Mine just won’t show ;-(
    .-= Eddison´s last blog ..Little Ben =-.

  6. Eddison,

    Yes it is a bug in the time code used in the theme function.php file. You can place that code and it will work. I can’t put the code to use in a comment it won’t show up. I’ll try pasting it in at the end of this comment, if you can see it replace where you see similar code in the function.php file.

    As to the featured news widget, I never had any problem with it that I can remember, I fixed so many little bugs in this theme I don’t recall if that was one of them.

  7. Hey Dave,
    Thanks very much for taking the time to reply and for the code, I will go and amend the template files now 😉
    .-= Eddison´s last blog ..Little Ben =-.

  8. Jake Brumble says

    Thanks for the insights into the less documented sticky characteristics.
    My rube goldburg approach to managing post order in a magazine styled site uses a wordpress plugin that allows editing the post date, allow old posts to be made new (and toward the top) again. This revisionist behavior would be uncool on a news site, but with the date display removed from the magazine template all appears normal. This plugin has some other management aids, here;s the maker’s blurb:

    Admin Management Xtended 2.0.3

    WordPress 2.7+ only. Extends admin functionalities by introducing: toggling post/page visibility inline, changing page order with drag’n’drop, inline category management, inline tag management, changing publication date inline, changing post slug inline, toggling comment status open/closed, hide draft posts, change media order, change media description inline, toggling link visibility, changing link categories By Oliver Schlöbe.

  9. Shelley Tucci says

    As a new comer to blogging this was great information to learn. ‘mI constantly amazed at all I don’t know, thx!
    .-= Shelley Tucci´s last blog ..1517 Black Locust E Dr, Pflugerville, Tx 78660 : $126,000 | Austin Real Estate MLS # 5810247 =-.

  10. Thank you so much for clearing this up.
    .-= Jans Indianapolis Real Estate For Sale´s last blog ..Graves Sylvan Ridge Subdivision Washington Township Indianapolis Indiana: Real Estate & Homes for Sale =-.