I understand I can associate CPTs in submenus like so: Is It Possible To Add Custom Post Type Menu As Another Custom Post Type Sub Menu

However, my question is if I have one CPT, let's say for a ECommerce type of post type, so it would be Orders as the post type and I have orders with different meta information in their post_meta such as approved, pending, denied, etc. can I have submenus which load an admin table using WP_List_Table of a subset of the custom post type, that is based on their meta data.

So the admin menu looks like

-Orders CPT (Show All Orders in List)
--Approved Orders (Show only Approved Orders in List)
--Denied Orders (Show only Denied Orders in List)


The reason I am asking is because at first I was doing add_menu() or add_submenu() with a custom callback to generate the HTML, but then I realized this was unnecessary as I was ending up recreating the default WP_List_Table, but I don't want multiple CPTs when they are all really subsets of the same CPT differentiated by meta-data... is this possible or should I do different CPTs somehow?

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I would suggest you add two custom links to your CPT submenu, related:

How to Add a Sub Menu Page to a Custom Post Type?

The callback function of these submenu pages could then display your subset of custom post types.

  • Yes but, I'm aware of this callback, my problem is I don't want to have to recreate the list of posts that fall under the CPT, I want the default display/view but only of the subset of CPTs with certain meta data. Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 2:12
  • In this case, why not just extend the filter functionality of your CPT admin screen? As an entry point, you could use this: wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/212527/129367
    – Hans
    Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 12:02
  • Yes thank you, this is a good idea but I am still wondering if my desired way is possible for ease of use for my end-users. Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 23:23
  • Since you want a combination of both a new submenu item and a custom fields filter, you might be able to create a submenu item with a custom link that reflects the filter, ie. post_type=orders&filter_action=approved.
    – Hans
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 9:53

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