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I want to include a slider in the default Wordpress theme on the home page. I did manage to get the page to show using <?php if ( is_home() ) { include ('slider.php'); } ?> but it doesn't look like it's loading the jquery script it needs or the style sheet. I know there's a conflict with scripts and Wordpress, I just don't know how to get it to work.

Sample page is at http://axiomwest.com/

How do you feed in a page with it's own style sheet and scripts?

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You need to have the script in a separate file (normally it would be filename.js; I suppose filename.php would work?).

Then, you need to register and enqueue that script file, using wp_register_script() and wp_enqueue_script()


function mytheme_register_custom_scripts() {
    if ( ! is_admin() ) {
        $scriptsrc = get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/scripts/filename.js';
        wp_register_script( 'mytheme_slider', $scriptsrc );
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'mytheme_register_custom_scripts' );

function mytheme_enqueue_custom_scripts() {
    if ( is_home() ) {
        wp_enqueue_script( 'mytheme_slider' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'mytheme_enqueue_custom_scripts' );

Note that registering the script should happen at after_setup_theme, but is_home() will not be available at this point I don't think, which is why you need to separate the enqueueing function so that it hooks into wp_head, by which time is_home() is available.

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wp_enqueue_scripts is more appropriate hook than wp_head for such, made for that and less likely to get timing wrong. – Rarst Apr 11 '11 at 19:02
For which? The scripts could be registered at wp_enqueue_scripts, but if he only wants to enqueue the script when is_home() is true, he'll have to do that at wp_head, right? – Chip Bennett Apr 11 '11 at 19:06
@Chip Bennett for either. wp_enqueue_scripts is kinda... sub-hook (did I just invent the term?..) of wp_head. – Rarst Apr 11 '11 at 19:56
Rarst is right. wp_enqueue_scripts runs as part of a function hooked onto wp_head at priority 1, so wp_head at any priority greater than 0 is too late. – John P Bloch Apr 11 '11 at 19:57
Okay, updated to change the enqueue to hook into wp_enqueue_scripts rather than wp_head. :) – Chip Bennett Apr 11 '11 at 20:29
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UPDATE! What I did was just include the slider I was trying to use. I linked the jquery scripts that page needs via the <?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?> method. I did notice that it takes a couple of seconds to load that portion of the page, but it works. I still think this can be improved, but with time constraints it will have to do. Thanks all for your comments and eagerness to help!

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