I'm new to Sitecore and I've been tasked with sorting items on a few templates, using the standard Sortorder field.

The issue is that a few fields are behaving erratically and disregarding the Sortorder values, but only for a few items while positioning correctly on others.

In the below example, a "Navigation" appears in two different positions disregarding the Sortorder value, it should be placed as in the first case.

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Similar issue is also happening with other templates on other items.

  • Can you please share the sort order value you are using for the different fields? Nov 5, 2021 at 16:54
  • hero has 100, product overview 200, and so on. navigation has 600 Nov 5, 2021 at 20:30
  • And can you please share which field is in which template? Nov 5, 2021 at 22:42
  • Does 2nd case extend Navigation section with additional fields by any chance? If so it might be the root cause. Nov 7, 2021 at 0:30
  • both navigations use the same template with no additions. I have this same sorting issue with other unrelated fields in other unrelated items, the ones in the question were just the best example Nov 8, 2021 at 1:16

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The Sortorder takes over the default sorting by Name. When changing the Sortorder manually Sitecore will insert a value into the Sortorder (_sortorder) standard field in the Appearance section.

The higher Sortorder's value the lower item's position will be. Also if an item has an empty or invalid Sortorder value then Sitecore will use 100 for calculations by default.

So, please carefully check the Sortorder values for all items especially from the second case. And then check a Subitems sorting standard field (it is in the same Appearance section just below the Sortorder one) for the parent item of your items as the Subitems Sorting can simply override your expected sorting logic.

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