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I would like to know is it possible to add script right after head tag? I don't want to use add_action('wp_head','function');

So here is the case:

  • I have custom fields values for example 'this is the custom field value'
  • I want to echo it after head tag
  • I want to echo it using functions.php
  • I don't want to change any code on my Wordpress theme

so it will be

this is custom field value
<?php wp_head(); ?>

Thanks in advance,

Aprillins Fox

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whats the reasoning behind this? It was my understanding calling the wp_head function started all the WordPress functionality etc, I could be wrong. – Alex Older Jan 10 '12 at 9:15
Not sure that's even possible given the constraints you put, same as Alex here, what's the reason? – Noel Tock Jan 10 '12 at 9:17

Fairly certain this is not possible without editing the actual theme header.php file. The function wp_head() does in-fact include other scripts, not sure you get a choice to add a script right above everything else and to be honest I don't see why you would need too.

Your constraints seem rather strict, I'm curious why you can't edit the header.php file. It's not like updating Wordpress will overwrite your changes.

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This is a late reply but perhaps would be of help to someone. I haven't tested this idea but perhaps you could you use this code to display the custom field outside the loop:

from http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-how-to-get-custom-fields-outside-the-loop

global $wp_query;
$postid = $wp_query->post->ID;
echo get_post_meta($postid, 'customField', true);

and modify this code to insert it in the header from a plugin:

from How to add code to Header.php in a child theme?

    add_action('wp_head', 'wpse_43672_wp_head');
function wpse_43672_wp_head(){
    //Close PHP tags ?>
    <?php //Open PHP tags
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Use a child theme - this way you don't have to edit your original (parent) theme, and the only files it will need to contain are a stylesheet (that imports the parent styles as in the example on the Codex page), your functions.php and header.php.

If (for whatever reason) you don't want to use the wp_head hook, then your header.php file will look something like:

    <?php echo my_head_function(); ?>
    rest of header stuff here...

then in functions.php:

my_head_function() {
    // do stuff
    return whatever;
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