How to add Simple jQuery Script in WordPress

Since jQuery is still the most commonly used Javascript framework, let’s take a look at how you can add a simple script to your theme or plugin.

jQuery’s Compatibility Mode

Before we start attaching scripts to WordPress, let’s look at jQuery’s compatibility mode. WordPress comes pre-packaged with a copy of jQuery, which you should use with your code. When WordPress’ jQuery is loaded, it uses compatibility mode, which is a mechanism for avoiding conflicts with other language libraries.

What this boils down to is that you can’t use the dollar sign directly as you would in other projects. When writing jQuery for WordPress you need to use jQuery instead. Take a look at the code below to see what I mean:

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
  $('#nav a').last().addClass('last');

Notice that I use jQuery and not $ at the start of the function.

Ok, now open your theme’s functions.php file. You’ll want to use the wp_enqueue_script() function so that you can add your script whilst also telling WordPress that it relies on jQuery. Here’s how to do that:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'add_my_script' );
function add_my_script() {
        'your-script', // name your script so that you can attach other scripts and de-register, etc.
        get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/your-script.js', // this is the location of your script file
        array('jquery') // this array lists the scripts upon which your script depends

Assuming that your theme has wp_head and wp_footer in the right places, this should work. Let me know if you need any more help.

Written By:

Sarmad Gardezi A blog scientist by Mind and a Passionate Blogger by heart. Sarmad is Freelancer, Entrepreneur and Google Apps Scripts Developer from Islamabad, Pakistan.

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