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  • Hi everyone I am new to wordpress and php

    I have wordpress installed on my site in a subdirecoty called

    I am trying to include a file outside of the blog folder


    <?php include( TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/includes/test-include.php’ ); ?>

    However this does not work. If I put the folder includes into my theme folder the it does work

    I also tried

    <?php include(ABSPATH . ‘/includes/test-include.php’); ?>

    but that does not work either

    Can you include a file in your templates from outside the wordpress install folder?

    I am thinking a virtual directory to /includes/ created in the blog folder would do the trick but there should be a better way no?

    I am on wordpress 3 php 5 on iis 6

    please help

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  • TEMPLATEPATH and ABSPATH are WordPress symbolic constants which, as you’ve discovered, expand to the current theme directory and to the root of the WordPress install. If you don’t want to put your includes directory there, you need to change the path that you give to the PHP include function to be the path on the server to the directory. So maybe

    include ('/home/mylogin/public_html/includes/test-include.php');

    If you want to make the path “portable”, you can use one of the PHP variables for this:


    Thread Starter jacqueschoquette


    Awsome thanks for taking the time to answer my newbie questions. It is greatly appreciated

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