Customize the order of your grid items.
1. Order Grid Items by Date, Title, Author, etc.
From the Nav-Filter-Sort tab:
Scroll to the "Sorting" section, and select an option from the "Start Sorting By" drop-down menu.
2. Manual Sorting for Custom Grids
From the Custom Grid Preview:
Drag and drop the items next and above each other by moving them with your mouse (#1). Or swap the item with the one directly to the right or left (#2). Or move an item an x amount of spots forward (#3).
3. Order Grid Items by Custom Meta
From the Essential Grid "Meta Data Handling" page, select "Add New Meta".
Give the new meta a name and handle, and then choose "Text" for the "Type" (#1), and "Numeric" for the "Sort Type" (#2).
Next, visit each of your post's "Essential Grid Custom Settings" section, and assign a number to the new Custom Meta.
The number entered will then be used for the custom grid item order. For example, a post with number “1” would appear first in the grid, “2” would appear second, etc.
Next, visit your grid's Nav-Filter-Sort tab:
and from the "Sorting" section, choose your new Custom Meta for the "Start Sorting By" option, and then choose "Ascending" for the "Sorting Order".