I have a problem my Admin Grid for my custom column is empty unless I sort by it.

Here are my two files I used to create the custom column. local/Sean/CustomerGrid/Block/Adminhtml/Customer/Grid.php

class Sean_CustomerGrid_Block_Adminhtml_Customer_Grid extends Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Customer_Grid{
     * override the _prepareCollection to add an other attribute to the grid
     * @return $this
    protected function _prepareCollection(){
        $collection = Mage::getResourceModel('customer/customer_collection')
            //if the attribute belongs to the customer, use the line below
            //if the attribute belongs to the customer address, comment the line above and use the one below
            //->joinAttribute('mobile', 'customer_address/mobile', 'default_billing', null, 'left')
            ->joinAttribute('billing_postcode', 'customer_address/postcode', 'default_billing', null, 'left')
            ->joinAttribute('billing_city', 'customer_address/city', 'default_billing', null, 'left')
            ->joinAttribute('billing_telephone', 'customer_address/telephone', 'default_billing', null, 'left')
            ->joinAttribute('billing_region', 'customer_address/region', 'default_billing', null, 'left')
            ->joinAttribute('billing_country_id', 'customer_address/country_id', 'default_billing', null, 'left');

        //code from Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Grid::_prepareCollection()
        //since calling parent::_prepareCollection will render the code above useless
        //and you cannot call in php parent::parent::_prepareCollection()
        if ($this->getCollection()) {


            $columnId = $this->getParam($this->getVarNameSort(), $this->_defaultSort);
            $dir      = $this->getParam($this->getVarNameDir(), $this->_defaultDir);
            $filter   = $this->getParam($this->getVarNameFilter(), null);

            if (is_null($filter)) {
                $filter = $this->_defaultFilter;

            if (is_string($filter)) {
                $data = $this->helper('adminhtml')->prepareFilterString($filter);
            else if ($filter && is_array($filter)) {
            else if(0 !== sizeof($this->_defaultFilter)) {

            if (isset($this->_columns[$columnId]) && $this->_columns[$columnId]->getIndex()) {
                $dir = (strtolower($dir)=='desc') ? 'desc' : 'asc';

            if (!$this->_isExport) {

        return $this;

     * override the _prepareColumns method to add a new column after the 'email' column
     * if you want the new column on a different position just change the 3rd parameter
     * of the addColumnAfter method to the id of your desired column
    protected function _prepareColumns(){
        $this->addColumnAfter('modify_catalog_labor', array(
            'header'    => Mage::helper('customer')->__('Labor'),
            'index'     => 'modify_catalog_labor',
            'type'      => 'decimal'
        return parent::_prepareColumns();


<?xml version="1.0"?>

My issue is when I am not sorting by "labor" it looks like this: enter image description here

But when I sort by labor it shows up?: enter image description here

If possible I don't want to sort by labor to make it show.

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  • Thank you Marius! you're awesome could you help me with one more thing? I'll open a new question for it. Jun 22, 2017 at 22:13





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