In Pro Reports, the sites will appear out of order if a site has the word “The” in the front. For example if I had a site called “The Creative Source” and another site called “Talent Pros”, then The Creative Source would appear in the list after Talent Pros, due to the “The” in there.
The problem is, in Pro Reports, the site list removes the word “The” so alphabetically I see:
The word “The” may well be a part of the website’s true name, so we need to pick a lane here. If you’re going to strip ‘The’ off the name, then do the sort starting from “Creative” and not the hidden word ‘The’. But if you will sort using ‘The’, then don’t strip it off, so it makes sense visually and alphabetically to see it.
Instead, with 45+ sites, the list basically looks like broken sorting when it comes to the ‘T’ part of the list.
That makes sense, cause the site I was looking at has “the” in the URL but not in my site title. So in my case, based on my list, it would make more sense to sort the list by their actual names, rather than sort by domain name but show site title which could be very different things. Site titles are not going to correspond to URLs all the time. It makes the list seem not alphabetically at all.
From what I can tell, sites are sorted by “nice name” in the Manage Sites list, but elsewhere (updates, plugins, themes, etc. pro-reports ) they are sorted by a version of the URL (with www removed if it’s there). Since the “nice name” is what is shown in all these places, not URL, it makes sense to sort by “nice name” as well.
I guess it’s not clear whether this is a bug or a feature.