I can't figure out why Jquery isn't working on my Wordpress site. Am I setting it up right? Any help or suggestions is appreciated! Thanks.

Here is what I have in my function.php

 function my_scripts_method() {
     wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
     wp_register_script( 'jquery', 'ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js');
 wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
     add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts_method');

and on my header.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="<?php bloginfo('charset'); ?>">
        wp_title('-', true, 'right');
        bloginfo( 'name');
    <?php wp_head(); ?>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="js/script.js"></script>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale = 1.0">
      <!--[if lt IE 9]!>
 <script src="dist/html5shiv.js"></script>
  • What happens when you use the correct jQuery version? I mean the one shipped with WordPress. It is not compatible with Google’s.
    – fuxia
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 8:06
  • Are you referring to: wp_enqueue_script('jquery'); It still wasn't working when I plugged this into function.php
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 8:11
  • What do you need in 1.10 that isn't in 1.8.3 (the version that comes with WordPress)? Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 22:04
  • @AndrewBartel I ended up plugging this in and it worked. pastebin.com/7WK6pcAf . I still don't understand why wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' ); in functions.php didn't work.
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 22:36
  • Did just enqueueing your new js file not work..? You're treading into dangerous territory as far as code maintainability and future upgrades here. Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 23:24

4 Answers 4


I don't think you have to register jquery. I just put this in my functions.php:

function my_scripts_method() {
    get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/main.js',
    array( 'jquery' )

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts_method' );

It includes my custom scripts that are reliant on jquery.

  • I tried that too.Here is the link listentotheway.com/pics . That text should be blinking but if you look in dev tool, it's not finding myscript.js .
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 16:19
  • Your jquery is loading fine. Did you check the path to your script? Right now it is ` <script type="text/javascript" src="js/myscript.js"></script>` It should have your root directory at the beginning of the src.
    – mantis
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 16:30
  • Yeah, it showing that it loads in in listentotheway.com/js/myscript.js. However, in the console, I'm getting a 404 in there. I just tried <script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/js/myscript.js"></script> and getting an error. I guess I'm in a jquery problem now and am in the wrong forum unless you have suggestions, I'll take them lol.
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 17:53
  • I think it should be src="<?php echo get_template_directory_uri(); ?>
    – mantis
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 19:19

You should also enqueue you other JavaScript files and be sure that your jQuery dependent scripts are loaded after jQuery is loaded.

wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' ); // Will load jquery from WordPress built in jquery handle

    get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/script.js',
    array('jquery'), // dependencies
    '1', // your version number
    true // script in footer
wp_enqueue_script( 'theme-script' );*/
  • I plugged in your code as well as @vinod Dalvi in functions.php and got it working. I don't know if that's the correct way to do things but it works for now. Thank you, sir!
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 20:01

Check the jquery url in your code it is without http:// protocol which is wrong, it should be with http:// so the correct code is as following :

function my_scripts_method() {
 wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
 wp_register_script( 'jquery','http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js');
 wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
 add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts_method');
  • Thank you for that. I changed it and it's still not working for some reason. I'll have to keep going at it until I figure it out. Appreciate it.
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 8:37
  • here is the link to my problem. The text should be blinking but isn't finding my myscript.js. Any help is appreciated! Thanks listentotheway.com/pics
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 16:22

Delete what you have in your functions.php. Install the Use Google Libraries plugin. Once activated, you will see that there are no settings or such. There is nothing to do. Just activate the plugin. The Javascript should work now. Quick tip: put it in the footer (before the </body> tag) for faster site loading.

Hope this helps!

  • I just did that, thanks. I'm looking in the console and it's not finding script.js. Here is what I have at the footer. I'm plugging it in correctly, yes? <?php wp_footer(); ?> <script type="text/javascript" src="js/script.js"></script> <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js"></script> </body> </html>
    – Waymond
    Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 15:54
  • Delete the code: <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js"></script>. Install the "Use Google Libraries" plugin instead. It should work. Also, just double checking, the script.js file has working javascript and is in the correct path?
    – user33956
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 21:21

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