register_post_status( string $post_status, array|string $args = array() )

Register a post status. Do not use before init.


Description Description

A simple function for creating or modifying a post status based on the parameters given. The function will accept an array (second optional parameter), along with a string for the post status name.

Arguments prefixed with an _underscore shouldn’t be used by plugins and themes.


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Parameters Parameters

$post_status

(string) (Required) Name of the post status.

$args

(array|string) (Optional) Array or string of post status arguments.

  • 'label'
    (bool|string) A descriptive name for the post status marked for translation. Defaults to value of $post_status.
  • 'label_count'
    (bool|array) Descriptive text to use for nooped plurals. Default array of $label, twice.
  • 'exclude_from_search'
    (bool) Whether to exclude posts with this post status from search results. Default is value of $internal.
  • '_builtin'
    (bool) Whether the status is built-in. Core-use only. Default false.
  • 'public'
    (bool) Whether posts of this status should be shown in the front end of the site. Default false.
  • 'internal'
    (bool) Whether the status is for internal use only. Default false.
  • 'protected'
    (bool) Whether posts with this status should be protected. Default false.
  • 'private'
    (bool) Whether posts with this status should be private. Default false.
  • 'publicly_queryable'
    (bool) Whether posts with this status should be publicly- queryable. Default is value of $public.
  • 'show_in_admin_all_list'
    (bool) Whether to include posts in the edit listing for their post type. Default is the opposite value of $internal.
  • 'show_in_admin_status_list'
    (bool) Show in the list of statuses with post counts at the top of the edit listings, e.g. All (12) | Published (9) | My Custom Status (2) Default is the opposite value of $internal.
  • 'date_floating'
    (bool) Whether the post has a floating creation date. Default to false.

Default value: array()


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Return Return

(object)


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Source Source

File: wp-includes/post.php

function register_post_status( $post_status, $args = array() ) {
	global $wp_post_statuses;

	if ( ! is_array( $wp_post_statuses ) ) {
		$wp_post_statuses = array();
	}

	// Args prefixed with an underscore are reserved for internal use.
	$defaults = array(
		'label'                     => false,
		'label_count'               => false,
		'exclude_from_search'       => null,
		'_builtin'                  => false,
		'public'                    => null,
		'internal'                  => null,
		'protected'                 => null,
		'private'                   => null,
		'publicly_queryable'        => null,
		'show_in_admin_status_list' => null,
		'show_in_admin_all_list'    => null,
		'date_floating'             => null,
	);
	$args     = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );
	$args     = (object) $args;

	$post_status = sanitize_key( $post_status );
	$args->name  = $post_status;

	// Set various defaults.
	if ( null === $args->public && null === $args->internal && null === $args->protected && null === $args->private ) {
		$args->internal = true;
	}

	if ( null === $args->public ) {
		$args->public = false;
	}

	if ( null === $args->private ) {
		$args->private = false;
	}

	if ( null === $args->protected ) {
		$args->protected = false;
	}

	if ( null === $args->internal ) {
		$args->internal = false;
	}

	if ( null === $args->publicly_queryable ) {
		$args->publicly_queryable = $args->public;
	}

	if ( null === $args->exclude_from_search ) {
		$args->exclude_from_search = $args->internal;
	}

	if ( null === $args->show_in_admin_all_list ) {
		$args->show_in_admin_all_list = ! $args->internal;
	}

	if ( null === $args->show_in_admin_status_list ) {
		$args->show_in_admin_status_list = ! $args->internal;
	}

	if ( null === $args->date_floating ) {
		$args->date_floating = false;
	}

	if ( false === $args->label ) {
		$args->label = $post_status;
	}

	if ( false === $args->label_count ) {
		// phpcs:ignore WordPress.WP.I18n.NonSingularStringLiteralSingle,WordPress.WP.I18n.NonSingularStringLiteralPlural
		$args->label_count = _n_noop( $args->label, $args->label );
	}

	$wp_post_statuses[ $post_status ] = $args;

	return $args;
}


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Version Description
3.0.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Codex

    Example
    An example of registering a post status called “Unread”:

    /**
     * Add 'Unread' post status.
     */
    function wpdocs_custom_post_status(){
    	register_post_status( 'unread', array(
    		'label'                     => _x( 'Unread', 'post' ),
    		'public'                    => true,
    		'exclude_from_search'       => false,
    		'show_in_admin_all_list'    => true,
    		'show_in_admin_status_list' => true,
    		'label_count'               => _n_noop( 'Unread <span class="count">(%s)</span>', 'Unread <span class="count">(%s)</span>' ),
    	) );
    }
    add_action( 'init', 'wpdocs_custom_post_status' );
    
  2. Skip to note 2 content
    Contributed by ajfleming

    20 is the maximum character length for the $post_status parameter.

    wp shell
    wp> global $wpdb;
    wp> $wpdb->get_col_length('wp_posts','post_status')
    => phar:///usr/local/bin/wp/vendor/wp-cli/shell-command/src/WP_CLI/Shell/REPL.php:52:
    array(2) {
    'type' =>
    string(4) "char"
    'length' =>
    int(20)
    }

    We’re able to register a post status with a $post_status parameter longer than 20 characters, but we’re unable to save/update posts with it. Instead, the wpdb->process_fields() method compares the converted data to the provided data and returns false because they’re different.

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