How can I add an additional column containing the last name of the user in wp-admin/users.php? It also should be sortable.

There is a similar question here: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/203478/181889 but I don't know how to work with the filter.

Thanks in advance!

1 Answer 1


3 Steps

  1. Add custom column
  2. Fill data in custom column
  3. Make the column sortable
//Add custom column
function my_custom_wp_filter_add_user_lastname_column($columns) {
    $columns['user_lastname'] = 'Last Name';
    return $columns;
add_filter('manage_users_columns', 'my_custom_wp_filter_add_user_lastname_column');

//Fill in value in custom column
function my_custom_wp_filter_add_user_lastname_column_value( $column_output, $column_name, $user_id ) {
    $user = get_userdata( $user_id );
    if ( 'user_lastname' == $column_name ) {
        return $user->last_name;
    return $column_output;
add_filter('manage_users_custom_column', 'my_custom_wp_filter_add_user_lastname_column_value', 10, 3);

//Make the column sortable
function my_custom_wp_filter_make_user_lastname_column_sortable( $colums_to_sort ) {
    $colums_to_sort['user_lastname'] = 'last_name';
    return $colums_to_sort;
add_filter('manage_users_sortable_columns', 'my_custom_wp_filter_make_user_lastname_column_sortable', 10, 1);

Edit : Response to requirement of ability to sort by user's last name

Wordpress does not allow users to be sorted by last_name by default. See 'orderby' section in WP_User_Query

  • Thanks a lot, this is working! :) However there seems to be an issue with the correct order. link
    – lefty
    Jun 11, 2020 at 20:11
  • Wordpress stores user last_name in usermeta table hence it does not allow "ordeby" with last_name straightforward. I tried various combinations using orderby=meta_value, but didn't get it to work.
    – ViralP
    Jun 12, 2020 at 9:47
  • I didn't expect that, damn. But thanks a lot for trying! :)
    – lefty
    Jun 12, 2020 at 9:50

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