I have added some custom columns to users table using the following function

    public function modify_users_columns( $column_headers ) {
    //Remove email, role, and posts column
    unset( $column_headers['email'], $column_headers['role'], $column_headers['posts'] );
    //Add sponsor id, level1 and level2 columns
    $column_headers['sponsor_id'] = 'Sponsor ID';
    $column_headers['level1'] = 'Level 1';
    $column_headers['level2'] = 'Level 2';
    return $column_headers;
add_filter( 'manage_users_columns', $plugin_admin, 'modify_users_columns' );

Then I am trying to populate these columns using custom user meta using following function

    public function display_custom_users_columns_data( $output, $column_name, $user_id ) {
    switch ($column_name) {
        case 'sponsor_id':
            return get_user_meta($user_id, 'sponsor_id', true);
        case 'level1':
            return get_user_meta($user_id, 'level1', true);
        case 'level2' :
            return get_user_meta($user_id, 'level2', true);
    return $output;
add_filter( 'manage_users_custom_columns', $plugin_admin, 'display_custom_users_columns_data', 10, 3 );

The first function works correctly and my custom columns are displayed. However the second function is not working, no matter how I return the $output variable

Someone reported this bug here but it was closed, I don't know? manage_users_custom_column filter not working

  • 1
    there is no "s" at the end of the filter "manage_users_custom_column" :)
    – mmm
    Sep 27, 2017 at 19:08

2 Answers 2


I was using the wrong filter name by adding an 's' in manage_users_custom_columns. The correct filter name is without 's' : manage_users_custom_column. This was pointed out in the comments by @mmm.


Try this....

case 'level1' :
  $level1 = get_user_meta( $user_id, 'level1', true );
  echo $level1;
  • Still not working. I tried returning string values directly without switch statements, but still not working Sep 27, 2017 at 18:56
  • 1
    Abson Reavs, this cannot work. This filter need that the value is returned and not echoed.
    – mmm
    Sep 27, 2017 at 19:12

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