Adding Actions to the WordPress User Lists


Adding Actions to the WordPress User Lists

Today I was working on extending the functionality of an ecommerce site plugin I've been working on. Primarily, I decided it would be a great idea if an Admin could easily jump to view a users purchases.

Where to do this? The WordPress Users list of course! It's the most likely place an admin would goto checkout their customers. So I jumped in and looked around and ended up finding the action and filter: manage_users_custom_column, and manage_users_columns. As well as a whole, bunch, of great links detailing how to add your own columns to the user list screen.

Those were all great, and I had even used one already to add in a column for store credit. But, I wanted to modify the existing columns. Trying out unseting a default field and adding in my own, then trying to throw in my custom code didn't work.

Investigating WordPress core I soon found out why. It took a few greps and ctrl+ shift+F's but I found the file wp-admin/includes/list-table.php at last and after investigating that code found the more useful and informative file wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php where hidden away inside the function single_row was an easy to see reason why the custom filtering on the default fields hadn't worked. They're hardcoded for all the columns besides the first one.

The first column happened to echo out the contents of the $edit variable, which is created from a list of actions that can be done for that row. And here I found the filter: user_row_actions which passes 2 arguments, the actions array and the user object. This is exactly what I needed as after that, it was easy enough to simply do the following:

    add_filter('user_row_actions', 'custom_user_actions',10, 2);
    function custom_user_actions($actions, $user_object ){
        $actions['see purchases'] = "<a class='submitdelete' href='" . admin_url( 'admin.php?page=user-purchases&user='.$user_object->ID) . "'>" . __( 'Purchases' ) . "</a>";
        return $actions;

And then my purchases link appeared on the WP Users list page in the admin view. Perfect!

I hope that this helps someone else out there who needs to add actions to the user list view.

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