I made a plugin which adds a "member" custom post type. I customized the edit view (with the editor hook) to get only the fields I want and store them in the database. I have fields like "name, surname, birthdate..."

What I want now is to make some of these fields appear in the "browse page" of my member custom post type. I want to remove for example "Thumbs, SEO, meta desc..." columns and see columns with the fields of my custom type.

I tried to play with the manage_posts_custom_column hook, but without success. Can anyone help?

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Here is an sample of my plugin's code where I set a custom post type "aei_team_member" and add 2 columns (Prénom and Photo where Photo is a thumbnail) in admin list using :




Further information can be found here: https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/manage_posts_custom_column

I hope it helped!

 * Adds a thumbnail column in the admin panel.
function add_aei_team_member_columns($columns) {
  $new = array();
  foreach($columns as $key => $title) {
    if( $key == 'taxonomy-aei_team_member_group' )
      $new['firstname'] = 'Prénom';
    if( $key == 'date' )
      $new['thumbnail'] = 'Photo';
    $new[$key] = $title;
  return $new;

add_filter('manage_aei_team_member_posts_columns' , 'add_aei_team_member_columns');

 * Adds a thumbnail column in the aei_team_member list in admin panel.
function thumbnail_custom_columns($column_name, $id) {
  switch( $column_name ) {
    case 'thumbnail':
      if( has_post_thumbnail() ) {
        the_post_thumbnail( array( 80, 80 ) );
      } else { ?>
        <?php $upload_dir = wp_upload_dir(); ?>
        <?php $upload_dir = $upload_dir['baseurl']; ?>
        <img src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>/img/default-avatar.png" height="80" width="80" />
      <?php }
    case 'firstname':
      echo get_post_meta( $id, 'member_firstname', true );

add_action('manage_aei_team_member_posts_custom_column', 'thumbnail_custom_columns', 10, 2);

It gives me this:

new columns

To delete a column, just use unset() within this function :

function my_columns_filter( $columns ) {
   return $columns;

// Filter pages
add_filter( 'manage_edit-page_columns', 'my_columns_filter',10, 1 );    

// Filter Posts
add_filter( 'manage_edit-post_columns', 'my_columns_filter',10, 1 );

// Custom Post Type
add_filter( 'manage_edit-CUSTOMPOSTTYPE_columns', 'my_columns_filter',10, 1 );

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