How to Arrange Sticky Posts in WordPress
By David Weedmark
WordPress sticky posts give you the ability to specify which of your blog posts appear at the top of your home page. This is a built-in feature that doesn't require any plugins, but it can be hard to find if you haven't used it before. It's hidden in a drop-down menu in the Visibility options of the post editor. If you have more than one sticky post, they all appear at the top of your home page, in reverse order according to their publish dates. To change the order, simply change the time stamp on each post so you can specify which post comes first, which comes second and even which comes tenth if needed.
Making a Sticky Post
Select a post that you want to be sticky from your WordPress dashboard. The option appears when you create a new post or edit an old post. Look for the Visibility option in the Publish section. This is located on the right side of the post editor page.
Click the "Edit" link beside the Visibility option. A drop-down menu opens. Click the "Stick this post to the front page" check box that displays. Sticky posts are available only when you select the Public visibility option. Private or password-protected posts can't be made sticky.
Click "OK," then click the "Update" button. This post now sticks to the top of your WordPress home page.
Arranging Multiple Sticky Posts
Log in to your WordPress account and open your home page.
Locate the post that you want to appear first. Click the "Edit" link beneath the post title.
Locate the post's time stamp at the bottom of the Publish section on the right side of the post editor page. It has a calendar icon followed by the date and time, such as "Published on: Nov 2, 2013 @ 19:04."
Click the "Edit" link beside the time stamp. Change the date to today's date. If you have published other sticky posts today, change the time to the current time. Click "OK," then click the "Update" button.
Go back to your WordPress home page. The sticky post with the new time stamp appears at the top of the page. Locate the post you want to appear second and, in the post editor, change its time stamp so that it is an hour older than the first post. Repeat this process for each subsequent post. The posts are arranged in reverse chronological order on your home page, according to their time stamps.
A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful technology businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and online publications on computers and other technology topics.