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So my question is pretty much what you see in the picture. In my custom post type of "Products" how can I add an extra column like SEO Yoast did to my main table which is called WP_List_Table. I have the code figured out as to how I will get an out of stock feature to show up depending on if the item has a custom_field of "Out of Stock" set to true or false. Thats not problem but how can I target that area of the table in my code. I would assume that it would be a filter, not to sure on how that would work but id really appreciate it if someone can help me.


I think what you need is the set of filters and actions to add custom columns to post edit screens:

  • manage_edit-post_type_columns: used to add columns
  • manage_posts_custom_column: used to print the content of each row of the column
  • manage_edit-post_type_sortable_columns: used to register sortable columns. Undocumented.
  • request: you may need to use this filter in combination with manage_edit-post_type_sortable_columns.

For example, I use this code to add a sortable column with post hits information from a custom meta field:

add_filter( 'manage_edit-post_columns',  'add_new_columns' );
add_filter( 'manage_edit-post_sortable_columns', 'register_sortable_columns' );
add_filter( 'request', 'hits_column_orderby' );
add_action( 'manage_posts_custom_column' , 'custom_columns' );
* Add new columns to the post table
* @param Array $columns - Current columns on the list post
function add_new_columns($columns){

    $column_meta = array( 'hits' => 'Hits' );
    $columns = array_slice( $columns, 0, 6, true ) + $column_meta + array_slice( $columns, 6, NULL, true );
    return $columns;


// Register the columns as sortable
function register_sortable_columns( $columns ) {
    $columns['hits'] = 'hits';
    return $columns;

//Add filter to the request to make the hits sorting process numeric, not string
function hits_column_orderby( $vars ) {
    if ( isset( $vars['orderby'] ) && 'hits' == $vars['orderby'] ) {
        $vars = array_merge( $vars, array(
            'meta_key' => 'hits',
            'orderby' => 'meta_value_num'
        ) );

    return $vars;

* Display data in new columns
* @param  $column Current column
* @return Data for the column
function custom_columns($column) {

    global $post;

    switch ( $column ) {
        case 'hits':
            $hits = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'hits', true );
            echo (int)$hits;
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  • Looks great! How would you make the additional key you add to the array which is the extra column first to the left. Like when you see the wp_list_table the fist is title. How can I make my custom column first? – Lucas Santos Feb 11 '15 at 13:58
  • In function add_new_columns($columns), the var $columns is an array and you can insert the new column in the position you want using normal PHP code for that. I use array_slice to insert my custom column in the 6th position but you could use any other PHP array manipulation thecnique. For example array_unshift to prepend a element to the beginning of an array. But this is a pure PHP question that may be more suitable for StackOverflow than WPSE. – cybmeta Feb 11 '15 at 16:46
  • Ok got it, the part that was giving me trouble was what function I had to manipulate to array in. – Lucas Santos Feb 12 '15 at 11:20

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