I have a very simple JS script called script_1.js sitting at the root level of my twentytwelve-child theme. This script contains only:


and I've loaded it with the functions.php:

function theme_enqueue_styles() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', 
        get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' 
    wp_enqueue_style( 'child-style',
        get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css',
        array( 'parent-style' )
function wpb_adding_scripts() {
    wp_register_script( 'my_script', 
        get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/script_1.js', 
        array( 'jquery' ), 
    wp_enqueue_script( 'my_script' );

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_enqueue_styles' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpb_adding_scripts' );

Now, I read the documentation and I found that if I want to put jQuery first, I have to use the above syntax, hence array( 'jquery' ).

The problem is, that it still doesn't work and in the console I still get the usual:

TypeError: $ is not a function

There is a link where you can see the problem occurring, here it is (error in the console).

Does anybody know why this isn't working? Did I incorrectly enqueue jQuery or something? I've seen a few examples, like this one and that's where I took inspiration from, but no joy.


2 Answers 2


Try two things -
1. Link your js using wp_enqueue_script action as under :

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_name_scripts' );

function theme_name_scripts() {
     wp_enqueue_script( 'script-name', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/example.js', array('jquery'), '', true);

Third parameter in wp_enqueue_script() function will make sure jquery is loaded before your current js file.

  1. Inside your js file, replace $ with jQuery as :

    jQuery(document).ready(function(){console.log("scriptLoaded"); });

  • Thank you very much for the suggestions. I tried the second option only, and it did work very well. What I don't understand though, is why. Is there some confusion somewhere in wordpress generated by the usage of '$' as opposed to 'jQuery'? I've seen this sort of peculiarity before (not in wordpress though as this is the first time I used it), but occasionally when you mix plugins and your own scripts. Is that the same issue? What I find strange though, is that if that's the case, nobody noticed that so far?Also, on your first suggestion, I thought that every script had to be registered first?
    – jazzo
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 19:45
  • 1
    jazzo - read the documentation here: codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/… Short answer: By default, you need to substitute "jQuery" everywhere in "normal" code you'd see the $. Longer answer would begin: You can in various ways re-enable the $ sign (or enable some other sign!) if you want to...
    – CK MacLeod
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 20:34

Also you can just wrap all your JS code by that construction:


    // all your jQuery functions here


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