I have a page on my website were I display alot of entries. Now I want those entries to be sorted by Date, Title etc. I know how to change that hard coded but I want to make it dynamic with a <select>. I guess I need to use Ajax for this but after a long search I still cant figure it out.

The Select

            <option value="{% set order = "postDate asc" %}">New - Old</option>
            <option value="{% set order = "postDate desc" %}">Old - New</option>
            <option value="{% set order = "title asc" %}">A-Z</option>
            <option value="{% set order = "title desc" %}">Z-A</option>

The loop

        {% set counter = 0 %}
        {% for entry in craft.entries.section('tips').order('{{ order }}') %}
            {% set counter = counter + 1 %}
            {% include 'includes/tip-blocks' %}
        {% endfor %}

To make the question short.

Sort entries dynamicly through a select form. Prefer not to reload the page but, it's oke if it does.

1 Answer 1


Okay so you can either do this through ajax or through a page reload, a page reload is going to be much easier, but you can get it to work without reloading the page...

Reloading the page

You can basically make it so that when a user selects an option, use jQuery to redirect to the current page and append the <option> value to append as a query string, so your template could look like this:

<select id="sortQuery">
 <option value="postDate asc">New - Old</option>
 <option value="postDate desc">Old - New</option>
 <option value="title asc">A-Z</option>
 <option value="title desc">Z-A</option>

Then, you can do this in your template:

{% set orderJs %}

    $('#sortQuery').on("change", function(e){

     // Get the value from the select
     var filter = $(this).val();

     // We can use twig because we are setting this in template, if you extracted this to its own file, you would need a different means to output the page url
     document.location.href = '{{ craft.request.getUrl() }}?order=' + filter;


{% endset %}

{# let craft include the script to the end of our template #}
{% includeJs orderJs %}

Then, in your template file your code could be:

{% set counter = 0 %}

{# Either get the order from the query or use a default #}
{% set order = craft.request.getParam('order', 'title asc')  %}

{% for entry in craft.entries.section('tips').order(order) %}
  {% set counter = counter + 1 %}
  {% include 'includes/tip-blocks' %}
{% endfor %}

This should then reload the request with the query string, craft will see it and update the response accordingly. I must stress this is untested, but it should work...

Without reloading the page

This gets a little more complex and would involve more jQuery/Javascript than craft so I won't go into too much detail about it.

The steps are pretty much the same as above, except within the script tags (where you listen for a select change) you would make an ajax request to either a html template (which contains the sorted results) or even using the ElementApi plugin to return json (from a template) which you can then iterate over in jQuery and then update your DOM accordingly.

I hope this helps get you on track!

  • This is all i get: CDbCommand failed while performing the following SQL statement: SQLSTATE [ 42S22 ] : Column not found: 1054 Unknown column ' craft_order ' in ' order clause ' Thanks for the answer though still figuring this one out! Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 7:35
  • Sorry there was an error in the way the entries were fetched, was passing {{ order }} as a string when it should have just referenced the variable, I have updated my answer. Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 7:40
  • That was the last fix to it :D I'll be trying to get it without reloading now. Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 7:47

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