I have a bunch of entries in a structure and I want to have all the "featured" entries returned first. Then everything else returned in the order set for that structure in the admin.

The answer to a similar question (Order Entries Query by a Featured Light Switch) works well for channels, but not for structures…

craft.entries().section('mySection').orderBy('featured DESC').all()

☝️ This seems to be defaulting to postDate as a "second" parameter, as opposed to "the order defined by the section" like the documentation seems to indicate it should do for a structure.

Is this a bug, or is there a way to explicitly order by the structure's ordering in a second parameter?


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Since you've overriden the orderBy parameter, you'll need to specify the second thing you want to order by. Structures store order and hierarchy using a few extra properties. You can use the lft property to sort the structures entries, meaning that the following code should solve your question.

{% set entries = craft.entries
    .orderBy({ 'featured': SORT_DESC, 'lft': SORT_ASC })
  • Thank you! Where do I find this lft property? I was looking all over the docs but couldn't find it… Thanks again!
    – Yann
    Jul 26, 2022 at 21:43
  • You'll find it in the structureelements database table, it is likely not documented because it is used internally, along with a few other properties, to store the element's position within the structure.
    – Ben Croker
    Jul 27, 2022 at 7:28

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