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Scripts To Footer

Move your scripts to the footer to help speed up perceived page load times and improve user experience.

This small plugin moves scripts to the footer. Note that this only works if you have plugins and a theme that utilizes wp_enqueue_scripts correctly.

You can disable the plugin on specific pages and posts directly via the post/page edit screen metabox.

You can disable the plugin on specific archive pages (blog page, search page, post type and taxonomy archives) via the settings page.

Sometimes moving scripts breaks something.

There are many javascript-based plugins like many sliders, some social media sharing scripts, that rely on jQuery to be loaded prior to the HTML elements. This is so common, I've created an option to fix it. If you experience issues, click the "Keep jQuery in Header" option in Settings > Scripts to Footer.

If that doesn't work, refer to the walkthrough below for using the stf_exclude_scripts filter for the script that is causing the issue.

Check out the documentation on GitHub or some quick walkthroughs below.

Keeping specific Scripts in the Header

As of version 0.6 you can now keep specific scripts in the header. Note: this will print any scripts they depend on as well (if you want to keep jquery-effects-core in the header, you'll also get jQuery in the header, so no need to add both).

Specifically for jQuery, see the settings page option, as it is a common request we've built it into the settings.

For any other scripts, use this filter:

add_filter( 'stf_exclude_scripts', 'jdn_header_scripts', 10, 1 );
function jdn_header_scripts( $scripts ) {
    $scripts[] = 'backbone'; // Replace 'backbone' with the script slug
    return $scripts;

You will need the correct script slug, which is used when the script is registered, and the script will only be printed into the header if it's enqueued. Check out the scripts that come registered out-of-the-box with WordPress.

Custom Post Type Support

If you're comfortable with code you can use the scripts_to_footer_post_types filter to change the post types this applies to (it only applies to pages and posts by default). For example, if you have a custom post type called "project" you could add support for this metabox via the post type filter like this:

function stf_add_cpt_support( $post_types ) {
    $post_types[] = 'project';
    return $post_types;
add_filter( 'scripts_to_footer_post_types', 'stf_add_cpt_support' );

Excluding Pages/Posts/Templates Via Filter

As of version 0.5 you can either use the checkbox option to disable the plugin's action on a specific page/post, or you can utilize a filter (updated with version 0.6). The filter also passes the post/page id, if there is one (archive templates don't have ids!).

For example, for the "page" post type:

function stf_exclude_my_page( $exclude_page, $post_id ) {
    if( is_front_page() ) {
        $exclude_page = 'on'; // this turns on the "exclude" option
    return $exclude_page;
add_filter( 'stf_page', 'stf_exclude_my_page' );

Replace stf_page with stf_post for posts, or the slug of your custom post type. For instance, a post type called "project" can be filtered with stf_project.

More Documentation

View this plugin on GitHub.

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Requires: 3.1.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.0
Last Updated: 1 month ago
Active Installs: 10,000+


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