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Private page filters for WordPress. Related to ticket #8592.
Plugin Name: Unpublished Hierarchies
Description: A tiny plugin to allow draft, private, scheduled, and password-protected pages to be selected as parents.
Author: Stephanie Leary
Version: 1.0
Author URI:
License: GPL2
* You may download the zip file at
* Enable unpublished pages in page lists and dropdowns
* @param array $args
* @return array $args
function scl_list_pages_args( $args ) {
$args['post_status'] = array( 'publish', 'private' );
return $args;
add_filter( 'wp_list_pages_args', 'scl_list_pages_args' );
add_filter( 'wp_dropdown_pages_args', 'scl_list_pages_args' );
* Add private/draft/future/pending pages to parent dropdown in page attributes metabox and Quick Edit
* @param array $dropdown_args
* @param object $post (Optional)
* @return array $dropdown_args
function page_attributes_metabox_add_parents( $dropdown_args, $post = NULL ) {
$dropdown_args['post_status'] = array('publish', 'draft', 'pending', 'future', 'private');
return $dropdown_args;
add_filter( 'page_attributes_dropdown_pages_args', 'page_attributes_metabox_add_parents', 10, 2 );
add_filter( 'quick_edit_dropdown_pages_args', 'page_attributes_metabox_add_parents', 10);
* Add (status) to titles in page parent dropdowns
* @param string $title
* @param object $page
* @return string $title
function page_parent_status_filter( $title, $page ) {
$status = $page->post_status;
if ($status !== __('publish'))
$title .= " ($status)";
return $title;
add_filter( 'list_pages', 'page_parent_status_filter', 10, 2);
* Filter public page queries to include privately published ones.
* Filter pages metabox on menu admin screen to include all built-in statuses.
* @param object $query
* @return object $query
function private_page_query_filter($query) {
if ( is_admin() ) {
$screen = get_current_screen();
if ( 'nav-menus' == $screen->base )
$query->set( 'post_status', 'publish,private,future,pending,draft' );
else {
$query->set( 'post_status', 'publish,private' );
return $query;
add_filter('pre_get_posts', 'private_page_query_filter');

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KoenRijpstra commented Jan 22, 2014

get_current_screen returns an object so $screen['base'] should be $screen->base


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candell commented Apr 7, 2015

Was working my way down the list of search results with all pointing to the 6 year old ticket #8592 fearing I was going to have to write something then up came this result.

Thanks for sharing this, much appreciated.

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