I'm new both to plug-in development and to WordPress itself, so I apologize if I'm asking obvious questions here.
I'm setting up a WordPress installation for a client, which will be making extensive use of static pages to create a much larger site than just the blog. I'm using the Semiologic CMS plug-in to generate a menu of pages automatically. The menu is ordered according to the menu_order column in the posts table. (Does that column exist without Semiologic?)
Anyway, the problem is that there's no good way to manage the menu_order column. It's not listed on the Manage > Pages admin page, and there aren't really (as far as I can tell) hooks to add it there. I can create a new admin page based on the old one, which may be the only option...but it would be nice if that page replaced the old one. Is there a way to do that, or an easier way to accomplish the same thing?