I have a website that uses WordPress for its blog (the website itself is not WordPress). So the structure is:

 www.website.com (not WordPress)
 www.website.com/blog (WordPress)

I have a JavaScript file that is used for both the website and the blog. But when I link to the file in the functions.php file, WordPress tries to find it in the theme:

// Register the script
wp_register_script('circle-bounce', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/general.js', array( 'jquery', 'jquery-effects-core', 'jquery-effects-bounce'));

This looks for the general.js file in the folder for the wordpress child theme. In the source, it links to:


I actually need it to get the file inside the js folder in the root of the website. So the file can actually be found at:


The only way I've managed to achieve this is to change the registration to:

// Register the script
wp_register_script('circle-bounce', 'http://www.website.com/js/general.js', array( 'jquery', 'jquery-effects-core', 'jquery-effects-bounce'));

I'd like to avoid an absolute link if I can. Is there any other way?


Your first attempt does not work because get_template_directory_uri returns the URL to your theme directory.

Your second attempt will work, but if you don't want to hard code the domain you could either try using a root relative path or fetching the domain portion of your site url.

Relative path:

wp_register_script('circle-bounce', '/js/general.js', array( 'jquery', 'jquery-effects-core', 'jquery-effects-bounce'));


$parts = parse_url(site_url());
$domain_url = $parts['scheme'] . '://' . $parts['host'];
wp_register_script('circle-bounce', $domain_url . '/js/general.js', array( 'jquery', 'jquery-effects-core', 'jquery-effects-bounce'));
  • I tried root relative and it ends up thinking that the subdomain is the root. With the relative path, it actually links to www.website.com/blog/js/general.js. It should be going to the actual root: www.website.com/js/general.js. – amylynn83 Jun 7 '15 at 23:57
  • The script that you provided works. What is the dollar sign for? Is it JavaScript or something else? – amylynn83 Jun 8 '15 at 0:02
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    In PHP all variables are declared using a $. As in $myVar = 'test';. In this case $parts and $domain_url are variables. – Mathew Tinsley Jun 8 '15 at 0:03

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