I define the wp_enqueue_script in the pugin definition file and I can see my script being fired when I log in as admin, but not as a normal user. Why is this happening? And how can I enable scripts for all logged-in users, and not just admin? I did this on plugin file:

function enqueue_team_management_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script("team-scripts", plugin_dir_url(__FILE__) . "js/team-scripts.js");


add_action("wp_enqueue_scripts", "enqueue_team_management_scripts");

and this on my template page:

<button id="create_team" onclick="createTeam();" >CREATE TEAM</button>

When I click the button, nothing happens (error displays in firebug)>

  • Where are you enqueueing the script - in the admin area or the front end? It could be that your cache is disabled when you are logged in but un-logged-in users see a cached version that isn't reflecting your changes. It may help if you can let us know where you are enqueueing (theme, plugin?) and what code you're using to enqueue.
    – WebElaine
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 16:11

2 Answers 2


Additionally, apart from the "where" of your wp_enqueue_script() function (i.e. theme, plugin, etc.), the "when" is also important, in terms of WP's Action Reference hooks, and the order in which they're fired.

There are 2 distinct script-related hooks, wp_enqueue_scripts and admin_enqueue_scripts, which allow for separation of scripts and styles depending on which view the user currently has.

If you're not hooking your wp_enqueue_script() function into one of these properly, this would be one potential cause of the problem.

Providing the code in question will help us find the answer.

EDIT: if you need/want the script to only be enqueued for logged-in, non-admin users, you can wrap it with a two-part conditional evaluator, similar to this:

if( is_user_logged_in() && !current_user_can( 'administrator' ) ) {
    // enqueue stuff goes here

That's the most basic method of testing the conditions you've provided, but it's important to note, there's better, more regimented, methods of determining a user's role type and capabilities, than current_user_can() as this simple function only returns the role type, and not specific capabilities that may have been added/removed to/from a role type via a plugin or customization elsewhere in the theme, and those changes may or may not impact your end goal.

  • I did this on plugin file: add_action("wp_enqueue_scripts", "enqueue_team_management_scripts"); function enqueue_team_management_scripts() { wp_enqueue_script("team-scripts", plugin_dir_url(FILE) . "/js/team-scripts.js"); } and this on my template page: <button id="create_team" onclick="createTeam();" >CREATE TEAM</button> When I click the button, nothing happens (error displays in firebug)> Commented May 23, 2017 at 13:27

To output your scripts for non-logged-in users, use a conditional in conjunction with wp_enqueue_script():

function enqueue_my_script(){
    if (!is_logged_in()) {
        wp_enqueue_script('my-script','YOUR SCRIPT URL');

This will only enqueue the script for non-logged in users. If you remove the conditional, it will enqueue the script for everyone.

If you already have an script being enqueued only for admins, there is most likely a conditional is_logged_in() in your code. Try finding and removing that line of code.

  • I don't have is_admin. Also, I only need this script for logged in users, and not for admins, and not for non-logged-in users. This is my code to include the script: wp_enqueue_script("team-scripts", plugin_dir_url(FILE) . "/js/team-scripts.js"); wp_localize_script("team-scripts", "ajaxurl", admin_url( "admin-ajax.php")); Commented May 22, 2017 at 8:06
  • Your solution didn't work also. I am putting these things in the plugin definition file, just so you know (I will edit the question). Commented May 22, 2017 at 8:14
  • 1
    side note, is_admin is not the right way to test if a user is logged in. for example it will return true for all ajax requests Commented May 22, 2017 at 9:25
  • @VladimirDespotovic I updated the answer to is_logged_in.
    – Johansson
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 14:58

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