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How-to add a script to the header tag

  • Hi Everyone,

    I’m not sure if I use the right forum for this topic.

    But for the purpose of performance monitoring, I’m looking for a way to add a script in the header tag of a web page without using a plugin or theme.

    I’m running WordPress 3.8.1 on Apache 2.2.25 (Win32) and PHP 5.4.20.

    What does it take to make that happen?

    Thanks – Will

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  • Are you using your own theme?

    Thanks for the quick response!

    To answer your question:
    Sort of – I’m using child themes.
    Typically based on one of the Themify themes.

    Do you have a functions.php file?

    Yes – there is such a file.

    Just pop your script in header.php

    Of course, you should do this in your child header so it doesn’t go AWOL when WP ubdates.

    Put your JavaScript into a (.js) file.

    Then load that file through your functions.php file by using the “wp_enqueue_script” function.


    function myCustomScript() {
           // My custom-script.js file is at the following path /wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/js/custom-script.js
           // Note you'll have to use "get_stylesheet_directory_uri()" if you're using a child theme and the script is in your child theme
            wp_enqueue_script( 'a-script-that-does-this', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/my-custom-script.js', '', '1.0' );
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'myCustomScript' );

    Thanks guys – great!

    Please allow me to go a bit off-topic here… 🙂
    Would you know a way to do the same in Apache and Tomcat?

    There are two reasons for an approach like that.
    (1) – I expect it to work regardless the CMS I’m working with; the same expectation are for Tomcat and Java applications.
    (2) – I’m able to start this as early as possible => includes monitoring the performance of the CMS itself.

    Sounds like you need to contact your hosting providers about this. We can only give WordPress support here.

    In this case I’m the hosting provider… 🙂

    Then maybe an Apache and Tomcat forum is better suited for you.

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