I am using ExpressionEngine 2.5.2 and am unable to get my entries to sort by a custom date field. I have two sites through the Multisite Manager that I am pulling entries from. On both sites, the custom date field short name is the same - "event_date". Here's the code:

{exp:channel:entries  site="site1|site2" channel="events" orderby="event_date" sort="asc" status="next event|open"  limit="7"}
    <span class="event-name"><a href="#">{title}</a></span>
    <span class="date">{event_date format="%d %M %Y"}</span>

Here is the result in the browser:

Berlin 2013 ... 05 Mar 2013

Tokyo 2013 ... 13 Feb 2013

London 2013 ... 17 Apr 2013

Los Angeles 2013 ... 16 May 2013

Berlin is a part of Site2, and its status is "Next Event". Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo are a part of Site1, and their statuses are all set to "open". Anyone know what's wrong?

  • should you be using sort="asc" if you're also using orderby="event_date"?
    – magicspon
    Feb 8, 2013 at 17:19
  • if i remove sort="asc", it doesn't change anything. if i change it to sort="desc", it doesn't solve my problem, just flips the incorrectly ordered items. Feb 8, 2013 at 17:22
  • hmmm.. just a thought!
    – magicspon
    Feb 8, 2013 at 17:23

1 Answer 1


You need to specify the field for each site individually:

orderby="site1_shortname:event_date|site2_shortname:event_date" sort="asc|asc"

What's happening right now is that it's matching the field name event_date to site 1 and ordering by that field for site 1, but using the default orderby (entry_date) for site 2.


However, thinking about this further, this is actually expected behaviour. When specifying multiple orderby fields, it's sequential. So first you're ordering by field_id_X (whatever event_date is in site1). Well, site 2's entries are 0 in that field, so they come first.

You'd have to use a common field, like entry_date, to order entries from both sites sequentially together. (Check out EEvent Helper, which allows you to clone a custom date field to the Entry Date, among other things.)

  • hmmm still didn't work. rendering the same results as listed above in my question. Feb 8, 2013 at 17:29
  • You're using the correct short name for each site, yes? (Sorry, have to ask!) Feb 8, 2013 at 17:36
  • no problem. here's the actual EE entries call with the real site names included: {exp:channel:entries site="default_site|characterized" channel="events" orderby="default_site:event_date|characterized:event_date" sort="asc|asc" status="next event|open" limit="7"} Feb 8, 2013 at 17:38
  • See update to my answer. Feb 8, 2013 at 19:16
  • hi Derek - i was working on another project for a little while, now I'm back to this issue. It sounds like eevent helper is what i need. From what I understand, It is a field type and an extension, correct? I installed it by placing it in my third_party folder, and I see it as an option for a field type. However I do not see it on my entry page as an extension so that I can edit my dates under the date tab. Am I missing something? Mar 18, 2013 at 17:11

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