I am trying to add a custom column to the tables shown on the Tags & Categories admin pages in Wordpress.

I have created a function, and added it as a filter using

add_filter( 'manage_post_tag_custom_column' , 'my_custom_column' , 10 , 2 );

My function is

my_custom_column( $out , $name , $term_id ){
  switch( $name ){
    case 'my_column_slug' :
      echo '<pre>';var_dump( func_get_args() );echo '</pre>';

My column is shown in the table, with the <pre>...</pre> content, but it seems that no $term_id is being passed to my function.

array(2) {
  string(0) ""
  string(12) "my_column_slug"

I have referred to a number of resources to confirm that there should be three arguments passed to the function (including this StackExchange article). Am I missing something here?

1 Answer 1


You are using wrong number of arguments in add_filter, you specified to get 2 arguments and you are looking for third one:

Update your add_filter code to this:

add_filter( 'manage_post_tag_custom_column' , 'my_custom_column' , 10 , 3 );

The 3 in the end tells the filter to provide all the three arguments to your function.

  • Na not genius just checked it properly ;)
    – Kumar
    Mar 22, 2014 at 10:59
  • 1
    Please - take the "genius" compliment. Makes me feel like less of a goose for making such a silly and simple mistake. Mar 23, 2014 at 3:34
  • Happens all the time :), nothing so big..!
    – Kumar
    Mar 23, 2014 at 7:15

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