I installed an extension and the default section selected, when System -> Configuration is clicked, is that of this extension, instead of General (section) -> General (group).

I can't seem to find what configuration is doing this. If it's not configuration, what else is it?

EE 1.13

2 Answers 2


The first section to show up is the one with the lowest sort order. If you have the following code in your system.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
        <your_section translate="label" module="your_helper_alias">
            <label>Your Section</label>

Then your section will be displayed first because "10" is the lowest sort_order of any section in the system (at least in a standard Magento shop).

  • Strange. This extension section has sort of 100, and it is placed below the GENERAL section, but it still shows up as the default section selected when I go to system config.
    – laketuna
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 20:09
  • If it's a free module, you could send it to me and I'll test that. Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 20:14
  • Unfortunately, it's not mine to share.. Can you think of anything else? I will take another look the next chance I get, but I did not see spot obvious.
    – laketuna
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 14:58
  • I could not figure out why some arbitrary tab was being selected as the default one, but this should work.
    – laketuna
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 14:21

For anyone else looking for a definitive answer for this question, I had to set the sort order of my section to 200 to make Magento load the default general config first. I am new to Magento development and made the assumption that the sort order applied only to the sections in my tab. Hope this saves someone 30 mins of head scratching.


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