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I have an entries Channel with about 100 entries that I need to be able to custom order in CP. Changing the channel to a structure seems to be a good potential solution for that. I would also like to have some entries in a "featured" group and then the rest in an "archive" group that would be revealed by a load more button on the index. Creating top level entries in the structure for "featured" and "archive" seems like it might be a good solution. My question is, I don't want the "featured" or "archive" entries to have their own url pages (although I guess I could somehow forward them to the index page). What's the best way to hide or forward these entry pages? Or is there a better way to achieve the custom ordering.

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I'd recommend to create two categories for that and just allow to assign one in the entries. That solves your url problem.

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  • I thought of that, I would like to be able to sort without going into each individual entry to change the category. I guess another option would be to leave it a channel section and then make a single section for the index page with a related "feature" field referencing the entries. Then I could order and add or subtract the featured entries from there Sep 1, 2022 at 15:24
  • Sure. On the other side, that's a one time work, I guess. Sep 1, 2022 at 15:30
  • I'd agree with this answer. Too often I have seen Craft sites where the sections contain mixed data types, which causes a lot of pain during major site changes because the content was modelled based on the site design instead of the actual content semantics. Organise your content according to what it is, not what it looks like or where it goes in the design, and your future self will thank you. My standard sniff-test for whether to create hierarchical Structure sections: "Are these child entries a more specific type of their parent?" If not, then generally relationships are better. Sep 6, 2022 at 8:51

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