I have some custom post types. Let's call them apple, banana and pear.

On the frontend I want to add a link for the authorized users to edit the custom post. That is not a problem - that works with edit_post_link.

For deletetion I could create post.php?post=[post_ID]&action=trash, but it seems that a nonce is needed. Which is good. I don't want the user to accidentally delete the post. When I use a nonce, I think the post gets deleted - straight forward.

That's not what I want, instead I want another link to be added on the frontend of the page which leads to the edit view in the dashboard - let's label it "manage post". Using edit.php?post_type=[apple|banana|pear] is quite nice, but I want to generate a link on the frontend to an edit view where only the specific post is listed, i.e. the view is limited to a single ID.

What is the correct syntax to filter the edit view? edit.php?post_type=apple&post=1337 or &post_id=1337 similar did not work. How can this be accomplished, if it all?

Edit: I added a picture to clarify what I mean. I want to reduce the view to show only a specific post, e.g. here the first one with ID=1234.

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    Are you trying to implement this filter because the delete link doesn't work? Just note that you can use get_delete_post_link( $id ) which will return URL (with nonce) for trashing the post (otherwise get_delete_post_link( $id, '', true ) will immediately delete it) Oct 26 '16 at 10:50
  • @TheDeadMedic: thank you for your comment. That is a good note. It's not the only reason, as I also want to display the post's context, e.g. connected posts, and other columns in that view (even if that's not applicable for the screenshot). So I don't want to focus on the "deletion" use case only, but thanks for the hint! Oct 26 '16 at 10:54
  • @TheDeadMedic: BTW, do you know why there is a edit_post_link and no delete_post_link or trash_post_link as well. I mean - where you can simply add a label, text before and after and don't have to care about capabilities on your own? Oct 26 '16 at 10:57
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    I see what you mean - tbh it's not that hard to just $url = get_delete_post_link( $id ); if ( $url ) printf( '<a href="%s">Delete</a>', $url ); Oct 26 '16 at 11:08
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    Note that get_delete_post_link still does the capability checking and will return null if the current user can't delete it Oct 26 '16 at 11:09

You can implement the filter yourself:

add_filter( 'request', function ( $vars ) {
    if ( is_admin() && $id = filter_input( INPUT_GET, 'post', FILTER_SANITIZE_NUMBER_INT ) )
        $vars['post_in'] = [ $id ];

    return $vars;

Now if you pass a post param in the URL with the ID it will only show that post.

  • Thank you for your help. I have appended your code to my plugin code. The plugin is activated, though when opening edit.php?post_type=apple&post=1234 or edit.php?post=1234 the result is not filtered properly. Can you give me a hint how to debug? Oct 26 '16 at 11:13

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