In attempting to boost the performance of my website, I've noticed that Wordpress is enqueuing a lot of the admin relevant scripts and stylesheets on the front end.

I'm wondering how I can stop this from happening...I was thinking about dequeueing all of the offending, but then my server response time would be slightly slowed.

Is there a tried and tested way of doing this?

  • The only scripts that should be enqueued from the front-end are /wp-includes/js/wp-embed.min.js and /wp-includes/js/wp-emoji-release.min.js. If other scripts are enqueued, something in your theme or plugins must be doing this. Apr 5 '19 at 16:41
  • Yeh, I think that's kind of what I'm asking. i.e., how to stop this behaviour. It's a custom theme, and haven't set anything up in place. I have everything that is available when logged in available when not and on the front end... Apr 5 '19 at 16:43
  • @MikeNGarrett Very minimal amount of plugins installed, mainly just using ACF. Wordpress version is the latest version as well, as of today. It's not a bug is it? Apr 5 '19 at 16:45
  • Just to make sure, are you looking at the front-end as a logged-in user or are you totally logged out? Apr 5 '19 at 16:46
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    @MikeNGarrett Hi Mike - your suggestion of changing the naming conventions of the enqueued scripts and styles worked, so there must have been something non-unique in the names of one of these that was causing a conflict. Obvious when I think about it. Wordpress 101. If you answer with this, I can accept. Many thanks if you don't have time. Apr 8 '19 at 9:19

If your bootstrap or other enqueued scripts have a dependency or name conflict, this could enqueue all these scripts. There are a large number of common scripts in WordPress core that are enqueued under common names. I always recommend prefixing your script names with something specific.

wp_enqueue_script( 'theme-bootstrap', 'https://stackpath.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.3.1/js/bootstrap.min.js', array( 'jquery' ), '4.3.1', true );
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    Yeh, I made the rookie mistake of not prepending the enqueued script names with the theme name. Will never make this mistake again. Apr 12 '19 at 9:30
  • Glad you got it figured out! Apr 12 '19 at 13:32

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