How can I bring the featured articles to the front of the articles array retrieved by the ArticlesModel?

I know I can change the ordering via this line:

$model->setState('list.ordering', $ordering);

But that is for example on the publish up or down string. But how can I bring the featured articles to the front?

Is that possible with the model or do I just need to loop through the array, and manually bring these items to the front?

2 Answers 2


Order by featured column and use descending direction:

$model->setState('list.ordering', 'a.featured');
$model->setState('list.direction', 'DESC');
  • Does this also order the rest of the articles on the published date?
    – Kuubs
    May 10, 2021 at 14:45
  • No. You can use a.featured DESC, a.publish_up DESC for ordering and an empty string for direction (or a.featured DESC, a.publish_up and DESC) to order by featured state and published date. But I wouldn't trust this too much, it could break at some point.
    – Sharky
    May 11, 2021 at 5:25

You could use filter.featured=1 to select just the filtered articles and then select the non featured articles and combine the arrays.

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