So basically in The Wordpress Admin when you are editing a "post" you have a url slug like...


I would like to know, is there a filter or way that I can add the post_type query arg to this url? Which would result in something like...


I would like this to run for all post types (page, post, product, ...)

Why: I have a plugin that disables plugins from loading based on a string in the url.

My Goal: is to reveal the post_type=value in the url when editing a post, so that I can disable plugins from loading when editing post types that those plugins do not need to load on.

Example: when editing a portfolio post type, I do not need Woocommerce or its addons to load. So I would like to disable them when editing portfolio posts.

This is entirely for performance reasons of a potential mu-site I might offer publicly.

Thank you.

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    please explain, what your goal is with that additional arg..
    – honk31
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 14:54
  • @honk31ok. thank you. I updated my post with my why, goal, and an example... Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 15:18
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    You should be able to extrapolate the Post Type by Post ID post. It would be cached so there shouldn't be any additional database queries. See get_post_type(). Even new posts should have a global $post object to work with.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 15:24
  • @Howdy_McGee thanks. Yes, but how would I filter that into the url is my question? Or did I misunderstand something of your comment? I was hoping there might be a built in filter of Wordpress to do so? Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 15:31

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there you go, i tested it in my current development and it works. it adds the post_type query parameter to all edit links, even on custom post types and also on the admin bar. this even works with preexisting query parameters and i also have other plugins currently running (f.ex. wpml).

function so370070_admin_url($url, $path)
    if (strpos($path, "post.php") !== false) :
        $post_type = get_post_type();
        if ($post_type) :
            $url = add_query_arg('post_type', $post_type, $url);

    return $url;

add_filter('admin_url', 'so370070_admin_url', 10, 2);

and as solved by yourself, here is the links for attachments:

function so370070_register_post_type_args($args, $post_type)
  if ($post_type == 'attachment') {
    //NOTE: This "_edit_link" arg is noted for Wordpress's internal use only
    //in /wp-includes/post.php around line 84
    //However, we are using a dveloper's filter to adjust it, so use accordingly
    //that you understand it may need tweaked if Wordpress itself makes changes
    //Overall it should be generally safe... no issues so far :)
    $args['_edit_link'] = add_query_arg('post_type', 'attachment', $args['_edit_link']);

  return $args;

add_filter('register_post_type_args', 'so370070_register_post_type_args', 10, 2);
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    You might be able to use the add_query_arg() function too which may be safer.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 16:52
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    thanks @Howdy_McGee, i altered the answer to your sugggestion
    – honk31
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 17:03
  • Thanks @honk31 and @ Howdy_McGee ! I was looking through the WP Core, and was coming along to trying some stuff, but you have solved it already. Thanks! This is awesome! I can really boost the speed now and have complete control of plugin loading in the admin. Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 17:40
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    @honk31 I found a solution. Generally not recommended because it filters an internal Wordpress arg, however it should be generally safe I think. I added it to a gist with screenshot in comments. If you feel it is worth it, you can add my solution/answer to your answer, but none the less it is here @ gist.github.com/EnterpriseBranding/… Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 11:42
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    @honk31 thanks! I updated the gist as well with the full code and descriptions and credits @ gist.github.com/EnterpriseBranding/… ... really really really appreciate it, because this has let me build something that can normally be done with Wordpress without greatly having performance and loading concerns. But now I can control which plugins are loading where in the admin, so the performance is even better than more common Wordpress installs. Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 23:15

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