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Last modified : Sep 11 2022

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With this tutorial, we will show you how to add a column for your post’s thumbnail and display it in your Admin post type.

Let’s say our post type is called viavideos. We will add a new filter to create the column for the image.

In our filter manage_viavideos_posts_columns, you’ll notice that you need your post type. It is vital that your post type is specified so it can be executed properly.

Then we build our function:

add_filter('manage_viavideos_posts_columns', 'via_videos_columns', 5);
function via_videos_columns($defaults){
    $defaults['via_videos_post_thumbs'] = __('Image');
    return $defaults;

Then we build the action. We need to fetch the via_videos_post_thumbs data where our the_post_thumbnail will be displayed.

Add an Image Post Type Columns in the Admin

add_action('manage_viavideos_posts_custom_column', 'posts_via_videos_columns', 5, 2);
function posts_via_videos_columns($column_name, $id){
        if($column_name === 'via_videos_post_thumbs'){
        echo the_post_thumbnail( array(50,50), true);

The condition to display is if the name of the column === via_videos_post_thumbs, so it displays post_thumbnail.

Note that the function includes a width = 50 and height = 50. You can also call the post_thumbnail this way: echo the_post_thumbnail(‘thumbnail’);

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