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How to add and customize administrator columns in WordPress

Looking for a way to add and customize admin columns to your site?

By default, WordPress displays built-in columns for posts, pages, comments, users, and more. However, you can make your editorial workflow faster and smoother by adding more admin columns.

In this article we will show you how to add and customize admin columns in WordPress.

Add and customize administrator columns in WordPress

Why add administrator columns in WordPress?

By default, WordPress only shows a few built-in columns. For example, in the post section you can only see the post title, author, categories, tags and date.

Managing a WordPress site with lots of content or multiple authors means more tasks for administrators to perform.

Administrators of growing WordPress sites are always looking for tools and plugins to improve their editorial workflow.

Many of the tasks to be performed can be performed faster if you can see all the useful information on one screen.

That’s when admin columns are useful.

You can display additional columns in the WordPress administration area and have full control over all columns for pages, posts, media, comments and users.

Let’s look at how you can add and customize administrator columns in WordPress.

Adding and customizing administrator columns in WordPress

The easiest way to add multiple columns in the administration area is by using the Admin Columns plugin.

It is a free WordPress plugin that lets you manage and organize columns in the WordPress admin panel and get a clear overview of your editorial workflows.

First, install and enable the Admin Columns plugin on your site. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, you can navigate to Settings »Admin columns to configure admin columns.

Edit existing columns

You can customize existing administrator columns by simply using the drag-and-drop interface and rearrange items in the order you want.

The plugin also lets you edit existing columns. For example, you can click the ‘Edit’ button for any column and then change its type, label and width.

Editing admin columns

In addition to the default columns, you can add more admin columns by clicking the ‘+ Add Column’ button.

Add new admin column

For example, we added the highlighted image manager column to the post screen. Administrators will now see the featured photos of all blog posts in the admin panel and will not have to view each article individually.

It is important to note that if your thumbnails look too large or in the wrong size, then you will need to regenerate thumbnails to new image sizes in WordPress.

After adding columns to the post section, do not forget to click the ‘Save’ button.

You can now do the same for other sections of your WordPress site. Simply click on the drop-down menu at the top and select a section for your site.

Add columns to other sections of WordPress

On the media screen, you can e.g. add image dimensions, EXIF ​​data, Alt text and caption.

Dimension column in media

After adding these columns in the plugin, you can now go over to the WordPress admin panel to see them in action.

Here’s a preview of what a highlighted image column will look like in the post section of our demo site.

Administrator Column Preview

Customize other admin columns in WordPress

Some popular WordPress plugins All in one SEO for WordPress and others also automatically add columns in the administration area.

This can help you bulk edit SEO titles, meta descriptions and more right from the post editing screen.

All in One SEO Bulk Edit Meta Description

If you see a plugin that adds an admin column that you do not want, you can easily hide it by clicking on the Display Settings menu at the top right.

This will slide down a menu where you can simply uncheck the column you do not want to see.

Hide admin columns in WordPress using display settings

We hope this article helped you customize and add admin columns in WordPress. You can also check out our guide on how to choose the best web design software and the best WooCommerce plugin.

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The Blog post first appeared on WPBeginner.

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