Include Builtin scripts from WordPress using wp_enqueue_script()

Since we already showed you how to Include Javascript and CSS files through your WordPress Plugin, this post will be about how to include builtin scripts from WordPress. Why would we use these pre-registered scripts?

Two Reasons Why to use Builtin scripts from WordPress

There are two main reasons why using the pre-registered scripts is beneficial. First, this method will help to prevent jQuery conflicts. Second, it is a lot easier to use dependencies. Here is a list of all default scripts included and registered by WordPress. First lets look at an example to help prevent jQuery conflicts: if your plugin uses jQuery 1.9.2 and WordPress uses jQuery 1.11 then some features, like the drag and drop, might not work. So instead of doing this: Continue reading “Include Builtin scripts from WordPress using wp_enqueue_script()”

Include Javascript and CSS files through your WordPress Plugin

So, you are writing your plugin and realize that you need to include a Javascript or CSS file on a page. You think back to your HTML days and use:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<?php echo $your_plugins_url; ?>css/your_css_file.css" />


<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php echo $your_plugins_url; ?>js/your_js_file.js"></script>

While technically it is possible to include files using HTML script and link tags on a standalone site, they are not best practice on a WordPress site. The main benefits of using WordPress’s core functions instead of generic HTML are:

  • Files are included to the generated page at the right time according to the script dependencies.
  • Files will only be included if it has not been already included and if all the dependencies have been registered.
  • Script localization is very easy, just call wp_localize_script() on your included files.  Check out Script Localization with JQuery in WordPress for more information.

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