To assist with managing a WordPress install with a large number of users, is there a simple way to include the date the user registered and they date they last logged in as additional columns on the user list page? Can these columns be sortable?

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The registration date is kept in the wp_users table, so that's easy to get.

The last login date is a little trickier. Most plugins which implement a last login date column create a custom meta field to store it (in wp_usermeta), update it every time the user logs in, and retrieve it for display on the user list screen. However, WordPress already stores login dates (and related session information) in a meta field called session_tokens, so if you don't need last login date to be sortable, you can extract the last login date from this array rather than storing it separately.

// add two columns to the user list page
add_filter( 'manage_users_columns', 'my_manage_users_columns' );
function my_manage_users_columns( $columns ) {
    $columns['registration_date'] = 'Registered';
    $columns['last_login_date'] = 'Last Logged In';
    return $columns;

// provide data for the two added columns
add_filter( 'manage_users_custom_column', 'my_manage_users_custom_column', 10, 3 );
function my_manage_users_custom_column( $row_output, $column_id_attr, $user ) {
    $date_format = 'Y/m/d \a\t g:i a';
    $d1 = 0;
    switch ( $column_id_attr ) {
        case 'registration_date':
            $d1 = strtotime(get_userdata($user)->user_registered);
        case 'last_login_date':
            $session_tokens = get_user_meta( $user, 'session_tokens', true );
            if (!empty($session_tokens)) {
                $d1 = max(array_column(array_values($session_tokens),'login'));
    if ($d1 > 0) {
        $d2 = new DateTime("@$d1");
        return $d2->setTimezone(wp_timezone())->format($date_format);
    return $row_output;

// make the registration date column sortable
add_filter( 'manage_users_sortable_columns', 'my_manage_users_sortable_columns' );
function my_manage_users_sortable_columns( $columns ) {
    return wp_parse_args( array( 'registration_date' => 'registered' ), $columns );

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