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Adding ACF Fields as Admin Columns to your CPT

We all know how awesome Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is right? We pretty much use the Pro version of it on every WordPress website build we do.

Today, we are going to show you how to add fields to your CPT (Custom Post Type) to the backend Admin Columns.

There are a few plugins that can accomplish adding your ACF fields as admin columns to the backend. Admin Columns is one of the best ones that does the trick. The paid version allows your custom post type to connect with ACF Pro.

As programmers, we want to keep the number of plugins we use to a minimum right? well, it’s pretty simple to add these manually!

Okay, so here we go… Let’s say that you have created a post type, ‘hosting’, and two custom meta fields, ‘start_date’ and ‘end_date’. You’d like to add both meta fields to the custom post type list view. First of all, we will need to add the following to the functions.php file:-

 *	ACF Admin Columns

 function add_acf_columns ( $columns ) {
   return array_merge ( $columns, array ( 
     'start_date' => __ ( 'Starts' ),
     'end_date'   => __ ( 'Ends' ) 
   ) );
 add_filter ( 'manage_hosting_posts_columns', 'add_acf_columns' );

This filter adds your additional columns to the list. We have created an array containing two items – one for the start date and one for the end date – and merged it with the existing columns. The filter is hooked to the specific post type, in this case, manage_hosting_posts_columns, based on the format manage_POSTTYPE_posts_columns. You’ll need to edit this filter to match your custom post type slug.

Secondly, add the following code to output the meta field values:-

 * Add columns to Hosting CPT
 function hosting_custom_column ( $column, $post_id ) {
   switch ( $column ) {
     case 'start_date':
       echo get_post_meta ( $post_id, 'hosting_start_date', true );
     case 'end_date':
       echo get_post_meta ( $post_id, 'hosting_end_date', true );
add_action ( 'manage_hosting_posts_custom_column', 'hosting_custom_column', 10, 2 );

Again, notice how the action hook is specific to your post type, in this case, manage_hosting_posts_custom_column. The function looks for the name of your custom columns then echoes the metadata.

Awesome, we’ve added the fields now! But wait, do you want to go the extra step and make the fields sortable? Of course, why wouldn’t you! Here’s how we can do that:-

 * Add Sortable columns

function my_column_register_sortable( $columns ) {
	$columns['start_date'] = 'start_date';
	$columns['end_date'] = 'start_date';
	return $columns;
add_filter('manage_edit-hosting_sortable_columns', 'my_column_register_sortable' );

Well, we hope you have found this tutorial usual, be sure to leave a comment if this has helped you or if you require any help!

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Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well of many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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5 thoughts on “Adding ACF Fields as Admin Columns to your CPT

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for great tutorial. It’s all very clear but I am having problems with the second part. My CPT is a catalogue called ‘trading_hut_products’ and I’ve put this in everywhere that ‘hosting’ is mentioned but it doesn’t seem to be working:

    * Add columns to Trading Hut CPT
    function trading_hut_products_custom_column ( $column, $post_id ) {
    switch ( $column ) {
    case ‘product_price’:
    echo get_post_meta ( $post_id, ‘trading_hut_products_product_price’, true );
    case ‘product_description’:
    echo get_post_meta ( $post_id, ‘trading_hut_products_product_description’, true );
    add_action ( ‘manage_trading_hut_products_posts_column’, ‘trading_hut_products_custom_column’, 10, 2 );

    The other admin column I’d like to include and sort by is a CPT taxonomy called ‘product_categories’, but not are how to include that. Any help appreciated!

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