I register_post_type() 3 different CPTs1)

Example: 3 post types named party, event, location. The other needed arguments in the array are left out.

        'show_in_menu' // true (for main) or "edit.php?post_type=party (for subentries)
  • Then I set the 'show_in_menu' argument for the first CPT item (a.k.a "party") to true
  • The other items get set 'show_in_menu' to 'edit.php?post_type=party


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What's the point with this? What I expected was that I get "Add New" menu items for all of them, not only for the main CPT.

How would I do set the arguments to not only get list views, but single new/edit screens as well?


I know, that I got an Add New button in the list view on top next to the title, but I want to know how I could add these links to the admin menu items.

I also know that I can work around with

    ,"Add New"
    ,"Add New"

but I'm not interested in the work around. I want to know how this is thought to work out of the box.

1) CPT = short for custom post type

  • As for as I can tell they simply don't work like this, even using submenu_page can have ordering problems, I have had to unset them all and add them in the order I wanted.
    – Wyck
    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:21
  • @Wyck Would you mind adding a snippet as answer? It seems like I have to be satisfied with the massive set of work arounds, like I already had to find out with separators.
    – kaiser
    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:23

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Customizing the menu this way is as for as I can tell, not very friendly. What I had to do recently was custom built the submenu item using remove_submenu_page for all the sub menu items and then add them in the order I wanted using add_submenu_page.

A simple example

 //this was first sub-menu item I did not want it #1
 remove_submenu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=test', 'edit.php?post_type=test' );

 // add the actual sub-menu item I wanted as #1
 add_submenu_page('edit.php?post_type=hello','Hello', 'Hello', 'manage_options', 'my_hello', 'my_hello_options');

//re-add the orginal #1 item removed above so it is now the #2 item
 add_submenu_page('edit.php?post_type=test','Edit Test', 'Edit Test', 'manage_options', 'edit.php?post_type=test');

Edit: If you plan on using the menu_order filter, it's pretty simple to get the filter working: Just add this line before it. Else it would skip the menu_order filter: add_filter( 'custom_menu_order', '__return_true' );.

  • So ordering happens simply by adding it step by step?
    – kaiser
    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:25
  • I think so, not 100% sure, the alternative would be something crazy like this, wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/28861/…
    – Wyck
    Nov 18, 2011 at 15:25
  • Ok, seems to still crazy removing and adding, but as there's no way around this: Thanks a lot!
    – kaiser
    Nov 22, 2011 at 14:24

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