I'm composing a theme options page for my WP theme. And I bumped into the problem of finding the proper way to introduce inline jQuery interactions to the page.

Ideally for me in the situation will be inline jQ code

<script type="text/javascript">
        ready: function(){

But this code fails because I guess the admin options page is rendered before the jQuery is included so js generates expected error. The same code with no jQ identifiers works ok means I get alert window when introduce:

<script type="text/javascript">

Question is how to properly introduce inline js containing jQ (or any other framework) syntax and make it work?

  • Why do you want to use inline JavaScript and not include a JavaScript file? And if you have a reason to use inline
    – engelen
    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:55
  • Hi I need to use some values stored in WP database. Something like alert('<? echo get_option("some-stuff"); ?>');
    – LoomyBear
    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57
  • Does your code generate JavaScript errors (check using the developer console)? It could be a conflict with another library over $. Have you tried jQuery( document )?
    – engelen
    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:58
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    jQuery(...) did the trick! Thanks!! Can you publish it as an answer so I can mark it as helpful? Cheers!!
    – LoomyBear
    Jun 11, 2014 at 13:01
  • No problem! I've just added it as an answer!
    – engelen
    Jun 11, 2014 at 13:04

1 Answer 1


The problem with your code is, as we found out in the comments on the question, that you're using $, which is either undefined or has a conflict (in any case, it's not pointing to jQuery).

Using jQuery( document ) instead of $( document ) should do the trick!

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