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I'm having trouble including an external .php file into my WordPress theme.

WordPress installation URL: mydomainname.com/blog

PHP File URL: mydomainname.com/testing/assets/inc/analytics.php

I'm trying to include this PHP file from within header.php of my WordPress theme.

My line of code looks like this:

<?php include ( site_url() . '/testing/assets/inc/analytics.php' );  ?>

I've also tried variations of PATH and ABSPATH but I can't get it to work. Interestingly, when I change the include to require_once it breaks the site.

Please help me figure out what exactly I'm doing wrong. Thank you!

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You need to use file paths, not urls, so if mydomainname.com/blog is at /home/account/public_html/blog then your file is /home/account/public_html/testing/assets/inc/analytics.php.

I would recommend putting it into a one-off plugin though.

  • Thanks for the tip! This appears to be working. Unfortunately putting these files into a WordPress plugin is not an option for this project, but I will keep it in mind for the next time around. – Evster Nov 6 '13 at 19:26
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how about this one:

$path = dirname( ABSPATH );
include( $path . "/testing/assets/inc/analytics.php" );
  • Thanks for this awesome tip! This will keep things nicely in sync between my dev server and the live server. I'd give you an up-vote, but I need more rep points first. – Evster Nov 6 '13 at 19:31

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