I am currently trying to add a WP_List_Table to a metabox in the edit page of a custom type. The code is currently

    class Post_Table extends WP_List_Table {

    public function __construct() 
            'singular' => __( 'Post', 'sp' ),
            'plural'   => __( 'Posts', 'sp' ),
            'ajax'     => false 

    function get_columns(){
        $columns = array(
        'cb'    => '<input type="checkbox" />',
        'title' => 'Title',
        return $columns;

    function prepare_items() {
        $columns = $this->get_columns();
        $hidden = array();
        $sortable = array();
        $this->_column_headers = array($columns, $hidden, $sortable);
        $this->items = array();

    function add_item($item)
        array_push($this->items, $item);

    function column_default( $item, $column_name ) {
        switch( $column_name ) { 
            case 'title':
                return $item[ $column_name ];
                return print_r( $item, true ) ; 

    function column_title($item) {
        $actions = array(
            'delete'    => sprintf('<a >Delete</a>',$_REQUEST['page'],'delete',$item['ID']),

        return sprintf('%1$s %2$s', $item['title'], $this->row_actions($actions) );
    function get_bulk_actions() {
        $actions = array(
            'delete'    => 'Delete'
        return $actions;

    function process_bulk_action() {        
        if( 'delete'===$this->current_action() ) 
            update_post_meta($post->ID, '_page_list', array());

    function column_cb($item) {
        return sprintf(
            '<input type="checkbox" name="post[]" value="%s" />', $item['ID']


$postTable = new Post_Table();
$n = 1;

foreach($page_list as $page)
        'ID' => $n,
        'title' => get_the_title(get_post($page))


If I uncomment $postTable->display(), the update button of the edit page ceases to work correctly. It does not save changes anymore, and instead just redirects me to wp-admin/edit.php, the list of all posts. This behaviour still remains if I comment out all action-related methods in the Post_Table class.

What causes this behaviour and how to avoid it?


It's nothing to do with the class itself - you are using the reserved input name post, which is conflicting with WordPress core:

<input type="checkbox" name="post[]" value="%s" />

Change it something unique to your theme/plugin e.g. name="my_plugin_ids[]"

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  • Changing the name or commenting out that function still produces the same problem. – Slereah Apr 27 '16 at 11:50
  • Hmm, must be one of the other inputs that WP_List_Table kicks out (methods called by display e.g. display_tablenav). List table class was never really designed to be used on an edit post page. – TheDeadMedic Apr 27 '16 at 14:27
  • What would be a good alternative to put a list in a custom metabox? – Slereah Apr 27 '16 at 14:30
  • Based on what it looks like you're trying to do, I would just output an HTML table with PHP, using core WordPress classes for styling e.g. <table class="widefat fixed striped"><thead>...</thead><tbody>...</tbody></table> – TheDeadMedic Apr 27 '16 at 14:31

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