I have tried to order my pages the way I want with no success. I have tried on two different themes, suffusion and 2010. I used manual system entering numbers for how I wanted them ordered but it did not work. In fact I pages that have a parent but the child pages do not show and there is no drop down menu.
Because I could not get page order to work I added the plug in simple page ordering. When I had the page menu open and used it, it showed them in the right place. But when I went to my site they were not changed. So I uninstalled it.
Then I tried My Page Order and the same result.
Any hints suggestions appreciated.