This is a simple visual tutorial to help new user's control the order in which pages display on their Wordpress sites. The example Wordpress site I am using here is jellyfishgallery.com. An awesome space run by great folks.
Let's take a look at where we are vs where we want to go. Notice in the image below the order in which the pages are listing. The one on the left is where we are and the one on the right is what we want. (Something you should note for this tutorial... it the images are too small click on it to see a larger view)
Go to your Wordpress Dash board and under Appearance choose Widgets. You will see the Pages widget in your sidebar. Under "Sort By" change the option from "Page Title" to "Page Order". Then SAVE!
Got to the Pages part of your Wordpress Dash board. Now THINK! No really. Check it out. It will just give you this list of pages. Take a moment and think out the order in which you would like them to display in the sideboard. Think about your Parent Pages and your Child Pages. Number out the order on a nice piece of paper if you need to.
Pour yourself a drink. And enjoy. And play with it... order can be switched around as many times as would like. Below is the end result of the new page order at the jellyfishgallery.com site.