Feb 14

Making a custom column in WordPress admin sort by reverse order

It’s known and well-published that you can add custom columns to your WordPress¬† admin post overview screen. For instance see this article on the codex.Then you can make this custom column(s) sortable,¬† as described here.

For a recent project I had to make something like that, but including a checkbox with it. By default WordPress will start to sort your columns ascending, from low to high. This checkbox basically has two values, 0 or 1 ( boolean-like ) so starting ascending the posts who were not marked came first, so you had to click twice if you wanted to see tagged posts ( and why sort on a column like that otherwise ).

The solution is a small snippet that’s not really documented:

function checkbox_post_sortable($columns)

// second param is sort desc by default
$columns[“checkbox_post”] = array(‘featured’,1);

return $columns;

Usually in tutorials the column is defined by $columns[name] => title. By simple making it an array with the second position 1 WordPress will not sort your column descending when you click it first.