Include Custom Post Types in “Right Now” Admin Dashboard Widget

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Are you looking for a way to include custom post types in “Right Now” admin dashboard widget? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to include custom post types in “Right Now” admin dashboard widget in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function wph_right_now_content_table_end() {
 $args = array(
  'public' => true ,
  '_builtin' => false
 $output = 'object';
 $operator = 'and';

 $post_types = get_post_types( $args , $output , $operator );
 foreach( $post_types as $post_type ) {
  $num_posts = wp_count_posts( $post_type->name );
  $num = number_format_i18n( $num_posts->publish );
  $text = _n( $post_type->labels->singular_name, $post_type->labels->name , intval( $num_posts->publish ) );
  if ( current_user_can( 'edit_posts' ) ) {
   $num = "<a href='edit.php?post_type=$post_type->name'>$num</a>";
   $text = "<a href='edit.php?post_type=$post_type->name'>$text</a>";
  echo '<tr><td class="first b b-' . $post_type->name . '">' . $num . '</td>';
  echo '<td class="t ' . $post_type->name . '">' . $text . '</td></tr>';
 $taxonomies = get_taxonomies( $args , $output , $operator ); 
 foreach( $taxonomies as $taxonomy ) {
  $num_terms  = wp_count_terms( $taxonomy->name );
  $num = number_format_i18n( $num_terms );
  $text = _n( $taxonomy->labels->singular_name, $taxonomy->labels->name , intval( $num_terms ));
  if ( current_user_can( 'manage_categories' ) ) {
   $num = "<a href='edit-tags.php?taxonomy=$taxonomy->name'>$num</a>";
   $text = "<a href='edit-tags.php?taxonomy=$taxonomy->name'>$text</a>";
  echo '<tr><td class="first b b-' . $taxonomy->name . '">' . $num . '</td>';
  echo '<td class="t ' . $taxonomy->name . '">' . $text . '</td></tr>';
add_action( 'right_now_content_table_end' , 'wph_right_now_content_table_end' );

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 9 best WordPress help desk plugins and how to set up download tracking in WordPress with Google Analytics.

Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. have anone a fix for wordpress 3.8?

    1. A lot of my dashboard customisations have broken in 3.8.
      Has anyone found a fix that will reinstate the ability to add CPT post counts to the Dashboard?

  2. Thanks for this wonderful snippet.
    I asked about this in another post somehow i searchd 39 pages and got it!! hurray!!

    One thing, please add tag to the code. its missing
    I added for myself, I suggest this for others 🙂

  3. Thanks a lot!!!

  4. Thank you very much!!!

  5. Excellent Snippet! In one case, where i use the Custom Post Types UI Plugin, the name of the taxonomy is not shown up, whereas the number of taxonomy categories is shown. Any ideas?

    1.  Hnmm that is strange, I would make sure that you created your taxonomies and custom post types properly to see if that resolves the issue. I test snippets before posting and this does work properly, what version of wordpress are you current running?

      1. The site is on the wp 3.3.1 and i checked the taxonomy a few times. i guess its caused by the custom post types ui plugin, because on another site (with hand coded CPT in functions.php) the tax name is shown up. Thanks for your fast reply 🙂

  6. Is it possible to hide regular posts and show only the custom post types we want?

    1. If that is the case you may be better off to disable the right now widget and create a custom one with just what you need.

  7. Fantastic! This did EXACTLY what I needed. Brief and simple code without the need to install a plugin. It’s not often that you google for something and find precisely the right thing right away… Thanks a lot!

    1. Cool Leo, good to see this snippet was helpful. I have lots more snippets I hope that you can find something else that will help you out. 

  8.  Brilliant. Cheers for this.

    1. No problem enjoy

  9. Excellent 🙂 very usefull if having custom types

  10. ¡Excelente artículo!

    1. Thanks Heinrich glad you like it.

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