Customize Admin Users Screen based on Role

The question:

I’ve added a role of “Customer” and I am working on customizing the Users Screen for that role. What I’d like to do is customize columns based on that particular role.


For example, take a look at the screenshot. How would I remove the reference to the posts column for only the customer role?

Example of current "Customer" screen

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Manage Columns

It’s pretty straight forward using the manage_{post-type-name}_columns filter: Just switch per $capability and unset what you don’t need in the $post_columns array.

function wpse19435_manage_columns( $posts_columns )
    // First role: add a column - take a look at the second function
    if ( current_user_can( $capability_admin ) )
        $posts_columns['some_column_name'] = _x( 'Whatever', 'column name' );
    // second role: remove a column
    elseif ( current_user_can( $capability_other_role ) )
        unset( $posts_columns['comments'] );
    // default
        // do stuff for all other roles

    return $posts_columns;
add_filter( 'manage_{post-type-name}_columns', 'wpse19435_manage_columns' );

Add a column

function wpse19435_manage_single_column( $column_name, $id ) 
    switch( $column_name ) 
        case 'some_column_name' :
            // do stuff

        default :
            // do stuff

add_action('manage_{post-type-name}_custom_column', 'wpse19435_manage_single_column', 10, 2);

Method 2

Thanks to Mike23 for the tip. Here’s the code that I’m using to add a column to only the “customer” role:

if( $_GET['role'] == "customer" ) { 

add_filter('manage_users_columns', 'add_ecommerce_column');
add_filter('manage_users_custom_column', 'manage_ecommerce_column', 10, 3);

function add_ecommerce_column($columns) {
        $columns['ecommerce'] = 'Ecommerce';
    return $columns;


function manage_ecommerce_column($empty='', $column_name, $id) {
    if( $column_name == 'ecommerce' ) {
        return $column_name.$id;    

Any ideas or suggestions for improvement are very welcomed.

Method 3

Have a look at current_user_can. With that you can filter your code by roles, and then do whatever you want to customize the interface.

Quick and dirty, with CSS. Put this in your functions.php :

function add_custom_admin_styles() {
    /* Customers */
        echo '
        <style type="text/css">
add_action('admin_head', 'add_custom_admin_styles');

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