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I want to use the menu order attribute to control ordering for a custom post type that's going to be used for a specific purpose.

It's easy enough to add this to the CPT via supports => array('page-attributes') but how do I expose the menu order value on the admin listing screen for this CPT?

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up vote 27 down vote accepted

OK - in the end turned out to be fairly simple - as I'd had some kind of mental block - menu_order is a variable in the $post object (thanks to @brady for reminding me of that).

@scribu's post on creating sortable column values then gives the rest.

So, assuming the custom post type is called header_text, these are the functions and hooks that are needed:

Add a new column for the order

* add order column to admin listing screen for header text
function add_new_header_text_column($header_text_columns) {
  $header_text_columns['menu_order'] = "Order";
  return $header_text_columns;
add_action('manage_edit-header_text_columns', 'add_new_header_text_column');

Render the column values

* show custom order column values
function show_order_column($name){
  global $post;

  switch ($name) {
    case 'menu_order':
      $order = $post->menu_order;
      echo $order;

Set the column to be sortable

* make column sortable
function order_column_register_sortable($columns){
  $columns['menu_order'] = 'menu_order';
  return $columns;
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In WP 3.1, manage_edit-${post_type}_columns has been supplanted by manage_${post_type}_posts_columns: codex – ptriek May 29 '13 at 7:24
Is there really just not way to make this the default ordering? Like Pages? – Howdy_McGee Sep 3 '13 at 21:13

It's been too long, but just for the record, you can display the 'menu order' option in the admin, just by including 'page-attributes' in the 'supports' option array. For example:

    register_post_type( 'columna',
        'labels' => array(
            'name' => __( 'Columnas' ),
            'singular_name' => __( 'Columna' ),
        'supports' => array( 'title', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'page-attributes' ),
        'public' => true,
        'has_archive' => false,
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The person posting the question is aware of 'page-attributes' already. It must not show the page order value in the way needed. – s_ha_dum Nov 23 '12 at 23:26

You have to register your CPT with:

'hierachical' => true
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Doesn't that just allows you to specify a parent for the item in the edit screen - I've tried it, and it makes no difference to the listing screen – anu Feb 29 '12 at 20:24
sorry, didn't realize you want to add custom columns to the list ... maybe this gives you a point to start:shibashake.com/wordpress-theme/add-custom-post-type-columns – ungestaltbar Feb 29 '12 at 20:45

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