I am getting following error message :

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '{' in /home/otcpaneluser/public_html/mytheme/header.php on line 1

My header.php have very simple lines of code. Those are:

    if ( !wp_is_mobile() ) { // desktop header
        echo 'I am the desktop header';
    else {
        echo 'I am the mobile header';

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="lePo6W0p7rXhyUR2Yd21QNuJey6t9b240pkJlPbZJe4" />


Why does this happen? How can I solve this??

  • The header.php should be in /wp-content/themes/mytheme/header.php, are you looking in the right file? – czerspalace Aug 28 '15 at 5:34
  • yeah.. header.php is in the mytheme folder – Foolish Coder Aug 28 '15 at 5:37
  • it works fine if I do not use wp_is_mobile() – Foolish Coder Aug 28 '15 at 5:40
  • Post your complete header file, it seems that you are adding that code right at the top, which you should not do – Pieter Goosen Aug 28 '15 at 5:50
  • ooh.. @PieterGoosen thanks for that.. exactly that's what I am doing.. check my updated code.. so how can I solve it?? – Foolish Coder Aug 28 '15 at 6:05

You should not be executing anything before your DOCTYPE tag. That will all be invalid code and is also the issue leading to your error.

In general, any output like above should be done after the <head></head> tags, although some prefer to hook into the wp_head hook to execute functions like your code. I do prefer however to move such code after the closing head tag.

So your solution would be to move your conditional code to just after the closing head tag

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