I tried everything and my action hook wp_enqueue_scripts doesn't work! What can stop it from working? This is my code inside the plugin. The plugin is activated:

function wpb_adding_scripts() {
    error_log("try 9");

add_action ('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpb_adding_scripts');
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    This wp_enqueue_scripts is for adding stylesheets or JavaScript files to the system. Why are you using this error_log("try 9"); function here ? – CodeMascot May 23 '17 at 17:39
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    You are enqueuing for the front and your code is correct, if your trying this for the admin area you will need to use admin_enqueue_scripts. I would deactivate plugins to see if this resolves your issue – Sam May 23 '17 at 17:41
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    Deactivate your plugins also include a file and then use the console to check for either css files load or JavaScript if this works then start to activate plugins one at a time – Sam May 23 '17 at 17:43
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    If you right click on a page and select inspect element you will get a console this will have resources loaded like images , css , js and other features you can look in the css folder to see what ones have been included in your page – Sam May 23 '17 at 17:45
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    @VladimirDespotovic does your theme call the wp_head() function? This is what invokes the wp_enqueue_scripts action. – Milo May 23 '17 at 17:52

The wp_enqueue_scripts function is hooked to run on the wp_head action, which is triggered by the wp_head() function.

This function should be placed within the <head> tag of your theme's markup.

If we refer to the core file default-filters.php, we can see the many functions that rely on wp_head for output.


The proper way to enqueue your scripts is the following:

function my_scripts(){
    wp_enqueue_script ('my-js','YOUR JS URL HERE');
    wp_enqueue_style ('my-style','YOUR CSS URL HERE');

You are using the hook that fires when queuing scripts, but not queuing anything. Take a look into Codex to notice the difference between wp_enqueue_script() and wp_enqueue_scripts().

Also, the 5th argument of wp_enqueue_script() allows you to queue your script in the footer. If you have problem with yout wp_head() hook, try the footer:

wp_enqueue_script ('my-js' , 'YOUR JS URL HERE' , '' , '' , true);

This will queue your js file in the footer, which is required when you need the DOM to be ready for the js file to process.

  • yes, I know that I am not yet queueing the script, but I just want to go inside the function, and I am not getting in. – Vladimir Despotovic May 23 '17 at 18:06
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    @VladimirDespotovic So your function is not fired at all?! That's strange, and huge possibility is some plugin or theme is interfering. – Jack Johansson May 23 '17 at 18:11
  • Do you have any idea how can a theme or plugin interfere with this functionality, since it is basic native wordpress functionality? It can be the case though, since I am working on someone else's theme. – Vladimir Despotovic May 23 '17 at 18:17
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    @VladimirDespotovic Have you tried the usual disabling of plugins and switching to the default them to see which one is triggering the issue? That would narrow your possibilities by a great deal. – Jack Johansson May 23 '17 at 18:28

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