Updated: Add Featured Thumbnail to Admin Post / Page Columns

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WordPress has a few default admin columns that display information on your posts and pages post types. You can also add featured thumbnail to admin post / page columns, so you don’t need to edit the post to check featured images.

Instructions: Add the following code to the functions.php file of your WordPress theme.

if (function_exists( 'add_theme_support' )){
    add_filter('manage_posts_columns', 'posts_columns', 5);
    add_action('manage_posts_custom_column', 'posts_custom_columns', 5, 2);
    add_filter('manage_pages_columns', 'posts_columns', 5);
    add_action('manage_pages_custom_column', 'posts_custom_columns', 5, 2);
function posts_columns($defaults){
    $defaults['wps_post_thumbs'] = __('Thumbs');
    return $defaults;
function posts_custom_columns($column_name, $id){
	if($column_name === 'wps_post_thumbs'){
        echo the_post_thumbnail( array(125,80) );

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  1. That’s great! it worked with just copying and pasting that code sinppet on the functions.php file!
    Thank you!

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  3. This is a pretty handy snippet, thanks for sharing.

    1. Cool glad you like the snippet,

  4. Thanks for the info. Any idea how to reorder the columns so the thumbnail column is first?

    1. I’d also like the answer to that. At first I thought that it might be the “5” because it was in the fifth column but I tried changing it and nothing happened.

  5. Thanks for this handy tip. This really benefits our work process in viewing our wordpress posts.

    1.  Cool glad to see this helps out.

  6. I’d love to have this check if a featured image shows and work like it does, but if featured images aren’t enabled, display the post’s attached image’s thumbnail.  Would that be hard to do?

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