Lightroom desktop: Maintain order of photos when exporting album to portfolio.adobe.com

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I'm using portfolio.adobe.com to present some of my work in a website. That website's data is coming entirely from some of my Lightroom CC albums. The albums have a specific order, in my case sorted descending by capture date. The import to portfolio currently doesn't maintain that order. I had a short conversation about that with the portfolio team and they sent me here :) 
It would be great if all the possible sorting options from Lightroom CC would be respected when importing any work to portfolio. Since the import doesn't sync automatically it would be fine if Lightroom would export the photos in the order which is set in Lightroom as a custom ordering so that portfolio doesn't even need to adopt anything.
Thanks for considering, it would be a huge time saver for me!
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As far as I'm concerned, this is the ONLY feature that Adobe should be implementing, as the ability to present a curated photo order is absolutely fundamental to any sharing or social viewing of pictures. Regardless of whether you're sharing with colleagues, family or on social media, the ordering of the pictures you share absolutely determines what others will think of the album.

I can't believe Adobe didn't get this nailed down years ago and/or that this seemingly-simple addition wasn't added shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, I'm going back to Google Photos. all the other Photoshop and Lightroom bells-and-whistles are useless if I can't share curated photo albums.
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The default display order of all shared albums is whatever custom order is currently set (if any). The only place a custom order cannot (yet) be set by the user is in the Lightroom Desktop app....all the other Lightroom apps in the cloud ecosystem will allow a custom order to be set (as will Lightroom Classic), and any changes to the custom order from any app will sync to all the other apps (and can be displayed in the Lightroom Desktop app). But whatever is the current custom order is what anyone viewing a shared album should see (and does see in all the testing that I've done).

My own preference for setting custom order is using the Lightroom Web app, not only is it easy to set a custom order (or change to a variety of different sort orders) but it also allows the album to be customised with the addition of section dividers/headers and text....to better "tell the story". 

Although I have less experience with Portfolio, I have done some testing and I find that the same holds true, i.e. whatever is the current custom order (or standard sort order) will be what is shown in Portfolio when the album is imported. Furthermore, any changes subsequently made to the custom order can be applied to the Portfolio album by using the "Reset from Lightroom" option after the change has been made in one of the Lightroom apps.

If you guys have tested these scenarios and see a different result, posting some screenshots of the album in Lightroom and the different order your users are seeing either in Portfolio or via a shared web link would be helpful. It would be very useful if the Lightroom screenshot was taken from the album's Display tab in the Lightroom Web app.
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Although you didn't say that explicitly your comment helped me a lot!I got it now working by going to Lightroom Web, set the order to capture date (descending) and then clicked on 'send to Portfolio', confirmed that I want to override the existing connection and it imported the ordering! That's awesome! Thanks.
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Great....I'd forgotten about the "Send to Portfolio" option, I'd been working from the Portfolio end to "Reset from Lightroom". Same result, but easier doing it all in the Lightroom Web app, so thanks for the reminder!
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For me it was actually not the same result. I've been using the 'reset from Lightroom' so far and it was always using the custom order of the album which I didn't set.
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I think you'll find that either way should work, once the key action of setting the preferred order in the Display tab of LrWeb has been done. Once "published" to Portfolio, the sort order of the album within the Portfolio app should automatically be set as "Custom", though it is possible to manually change that when editing the Portfolio gallery, which would change things again and would need a "re-publish" to correct.