Admin Columns - Column Template
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Admin Columns - Column Template

Welcome to the Admin Columns column template repository. Here you will find a starter-kit for creating a new column for Admin Columns. This start-kit will work as a normal WP plugin.

For more information about creating a new field type, please read the following article:

This template is written for Admin Columns 4.0. The documentation for 3.0 can be found here:

( credits to Elliot for the readme structure )


To use this tookit for Admin Columns Pro < 4.3 please use the no-namespace branch instead!


  • /css: folder for .css files
  • /js: folder for .js files
  • /languages: folder for .pot, .po and .mo files
  • ac-COLUMN_NAME.php: Main plugin file that registers the column
  • ac-column-COLUMN_NAME.php: Column class with all column logic for the free version
  • acp-column-COLUMN_NAME.php: Column class with all column logic for the pro version
  • readme.txt: WordPress readme file to be used by the wordpress repository

step 1.

This template uses PLACEHOLDERS such as COLUMN_NAME throughout the file names and code. Use the following list of placeholders to do a 'find and replace':

  • COLUMN_NAME: Single word, no spaces. Underscores allowed. eg. donate_button
  • COLUMN_LABEL: Multiple words, can include spaces, visible when selecting a column
  • PLUGIN_URL: Url to the github or WordPress repository
  • PLUGIN_TAGS: Comma seperated list of relevant tags
  • DESCRIPTION: Brief description of the field type, no longer than 2 lines
  • EXTENDED_DESCRIPTION: Extended description of the field type
  • AUTHOR_NAME: Name of field type author
  • AUTHOR_URL: URL to author's website

step 2.

Edit the ac-COLUMN_NAME.php file (now renamed using your column name) and change the column type if necessary.

step 3.

Edit the ac-column-COLUMN_NAME.php file (now renamed using your column name) and include your custom code in the appropriate functions.

step 4.

Edit this file with the appropriate information and delete all content above and including the following line.

Admin Columns COLUMN_LABEL Column





  1. Copy the ac-column-COLUMN_NAME folder into your wp-content/plugins folder
  2. Activate the COLUMN_LABEL plugin via the plugins admin page
  3. Create a new column via Admin Columns and select the COLUMN_LABEL column
  4. Please refer to the description for more info regarding the field type settings


Please see readme.txt for changelog