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Is it possible to order {exp:channel:entries} results based on the content of a Grid field? In my case, I want to order a list of conference sessions by start time.

This is the {exp:channel:entries} tag I'm using:

{exp:channel:entries channel="sessions" orderby="{session_time}{session_time:start}{/session_time}"}

The Channel Entries entry in the ExpressionEngine documentation doesn't state Grid fields aren't supported.

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  • How would you order entries by Grid rows if there can be multiple rows per entry?
    – Low
    Jul 28 '15 at 9:03
  • That's a fair point... this is the first time I've ever needed to order by grid contents and that particular grid is limited to just a single row. Went with another solution to the problem so, at this point, it's purely theoretical. Jul 29 '15 at 14:03
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You can only order entries by the literal contents of the fieldtype's column in the exp_channel_data table. So you can order by session_time (if you set that Grid field to be searchable - otherwise the column will not hold any data) - but you will be ordering by the concatenated contents of all columns and rows in that entry's session_time field.

You cannot specify a specific column in a Grid field to order by though.

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