How would I go about adding a column to the Page Admin area that would show the last revision date of all pages? Alongside the Author and Published Date columns?

I need to keep an eye on the page edits that other users do, and right now, the Page Admin area will only show the published date for a published page and the last modified date of a draft. So I need to show the revision date by any user of each published page.

Possibly complicating things is I have post/page revisions disabled in wp-config.php to keep the database down to size, so an action can't hook into already existing page revision metadata.

But the database contains a post_modified_gmt metadata column, so can that be grabbed by a direct database query? Not a good idea? And would I use this kind of action? http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/manage_posts_custom_column

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Would need some prettifying, but basic code is following:

add_filter('manage_pages_columns', 'add_revised_column');
add_action('manage_pages_custom_column', 'echo_revised_column', 10, 2);

function add_revised_column($columns) {

    $columns['revised'] = 'Revised';

    return $columns;

function echo_revised_column($column, $id) {

    if ('revised' == $column)
        echo get_post_field('post_modified', $id);
  • Works great, thanks. I will look into core WP to see if I can figure out how to add the click to sort column function and change the date format, too. Apr 1, 2011 at 17:17
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    @songdogtech I remembered scribu had post on custom columns and making them sortable
    – Rarst
    Apr 1, 2011 at 17:29
  • What file do you add this code?
    – Amesey
    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:33
  • @Amesey any that makes sense to your use case (theme's functions.php, plugin, etc).
    – Rarst
    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:41

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