I am using Font Awesome on my theme.

wp_enqueue_style('fontawesome', '//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.1.0/css/font-awesome.min.css');

I am using another plugin that uses Font Awesome, but its using an old version.

wp_enqueue_style( 'fontawesome', '//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/3.2.1/css/font-awesome.min.css', array(), MSI_VERSION, 'all' );

The two methods are using the same handle so only one gets rendered in the HTML... and that is the plugin's old version. I could change my handle but then two Font Awesomes would be loading. I could hack the plugin, but, EWWW!

How do I get my version of Font Awesome to take priority and load?

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    what priorities are both of those enqueues hooked on?
    – Milo
    Aug 21, 2014 at 19:25
  • Those are the exact lines of code being called. I checked the wp_enqueue_style docs and I didnt see anything about priorities. How do I see its priority?
    – Jeff
    Aug 21, 2014 at 19:28
  • Oooh! You mean the hook's priority! Ah ha. Yeah, I reduced my hook's priority and that got it working! Make that an answer and I'll mark it.
    – Jeff
    Aug 21, 2014 at 19:42

1 Answer 1


Just use wp_register_style() and wp_enqueue_style() correctly.

Register your stylesheet on wp_loaded, enqueue it on wp_enqueue_scripts.

add_action( 'wp_loaded', function() {
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', function() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'fontawesome' );

When someone tries to call wp_enqueue_style() with an URL, WordPress will try to register it automatically, doing the work of wp_register_style() behind the curtains. But that will fail if the $handle is already registered.

Always register scripts and stylesheet on wp_loaded. Never use wp_enqueue_style() and wp_enqueue_script() with the second parameter.

Do not fiddle with priorities here. The conflicting plugin might change its own priority, and you start running behind again.

  • Did you mean wp_enqueue_styles as opposed to wp_enqueue_scripts as the action? The former worked for me but the latter didn't. Regardless, thanks for the more informative answer than my question demanded!
    – Jeff
    Aug 21, 2014 at 21:09
  • @Jeff There is no action wp_enqueue_styles.
    – fuxia
    Aug 21, 2014 at 21:11
  • Weird that it is "working" then. Something else must be going on...
    – Jeff
    Aug 21, 2014 at 21:17

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