I'm building a custom theme for a client and I've been adding stylesheets incorrectly for a while, so I decided to do it the correct way :-).

However, when I add the stylesheet to my functions.php file like so:

wp_enqueue_style('theme-styles', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/all.css', array(), false , 'all');

It also is applying to the Wordpress Admin panel. My link colors and fonts change, and there are some layout issues as well.

If I enqueue it inside of a function like this:

function theme_styles(){
        wp_enqueue_style('theme-styles', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/all.css', array(), false , 'all');
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_styles' );

It does not change the admin panel at all, which is good. So my question is, when researching and reading about how to enqueue stylesheets no articles mention adding styles to a function. Scripts, yes, but not styles. What is the correct way to do it to avoid changing my admin styles?

2 Answers 2


You could do it like this:

function theme_styles(){
     * This if() statement is unnecessary, as wp_enqueue_scripts
     * doesn't fire on the admin pages.
     * if( is_admin() ) {
     *   return;
     * }
        get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/all.css', 
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_styles' );


Also, note that the wp_enqueue_scripts hook is used to enqueue both scripts and styles.

  • 2
    is_admin() is not necessary here Nov 4, 2015 at 4:31
  • 1
    @PieterGoosen Agreed, running the function without the is_admin() and it works just fine.
    – erwstout
    Nov 4, 2015 at 15:32
  • 1
    You're right. I'm not entirely sure what I was thinking there.
    – Pat J
    Nov 4, 2015 at 20:26

Enqueueing styles within a function as you have done is the standard best practice for WordPress, whether you are building a theme or creating a child theme. And as mentioned, you can enqueue both styles and scripts from within one function, http://marker.to/65CMY3.

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