Would need some more help with the

Did ask a question how to import some code with php, in this case it's a sidebar that will be used on some of the pages on a website, It's wordpress and it can execute php from post / page's and have also tested directly in the main code

When i did ask the question the best and most easy thing would be to create a file and use include

Did create thefile.php and did put it in the theme dir where all other .php file's used is, In the file i did just put some basic html like

<div id=the-id"> 
      <p> a test text </p>

Then i did put the include code writen as below in my template

<?php include 'thefile.php'; ?>

Doing this i see my text "a test text" but also get several warning's

 Warning: include(/wp-content/themes/thetheme/thefile.php) [function.include]:       failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/cplac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/exec-php/includes/runtime.php(42) : eval()’d code on line 22

And also this

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening ‘/wp-content/themes/thetheme/thefile.php’ for inclusion (include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php:/home/cplac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpsyndicator:/home/cplac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-external-links/includes/phpQuery/:/home/cplac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-external-links/includes/phpQuery/plugins/’) in /home/cplac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/exec-php/includes/runtime.php(42) : eval()’d code on line 22

Someone that can help me out whit this ? Have tested both in pages but also in the theme files and so on !

3 Answers 3


The Wordpress method to include php files is to use this function:

<?php get_template_part('myfile'); ?>

which will include the file myfile.php that is in the same template directory.

See http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_template_part for other parameters.

  • Given that the OP (@Mathias) is using WordPress as a framework, this would actually be the best method. Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 6:32

You need to add /home/cplac/public_html/ to your include path.

  • Thx, that did solve it :D
    – Mathias Åsberg
    Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 4:24
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    – Brad
    Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 4:45

include is like

include = 'thefile.php';

on another note you need to also specify the correct path to the file from the root level or adjacent level of which the file resides.

Say I put a file in my "images" folder on my server for sake of example. And the path to the file would be /images/thefile.php

so with that the include would look like

include = '/images/thefile.php';

edit on a side note, working with WP can sometimes be a pain.. but generally WP is PHP so whatever works in PHP will work with WP overall.

for you based on the error it may be something like..

include = '/wp-content/themes/thetheme/thefile.php';

But you would need to from your ftp or equivalent navigate to that file path and upload the file into there.

  • 2
    1) The include syntax is fine without parenthesies. 2) What is "/images" relative to?
    – deceze
    Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 4:20
  • You are correct.. Im just very used to writing in a different syntax due to the MVC's I use as of late. And images was sake of example.. nothing more
    – chris
    Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 4:23
  • As far as I know, this is totally wrong! This triggers a syntax error in PHP. include is a keyword, you cannot assign anything to it.
    – Mike
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 6:06

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