I'm trying to hook into the header.php of wordpress theme(s) more specifically, right before the closing header tag </header>. I'd like to do this in a programmatic way so when I switch themes I don't have to remember to go include the method of a custom hook <?php my_cool_hook(); ?>

Is there a way to accomplish this? I've tried looking through the available actions but so far I haven't found any that would suite my needs.


  • 2
    Surely a header tag would be theme specific - so there is no default hook in core.
    – vancoder
    Jun 12, 2020 at 20:39
  • True, haven't thought about themes that omitted the header tag entirely.
    – Sergio
    Jun 12, 2020 at 20:41
  • I believe the Theme Hook Alliance was, at one point, trying to standardize a whole pile of hooks in various places in themes. Their GitHub repo hasn't been updated in a while, though.
    – Pat J
    Jun 12, 2020 at 20:46
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    @PatJ that would of been sweet.
    – Sergio
    Jun 12, 2020 at 20:50

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Unless a theme provides such a hook there is no way to do this with actions and filters. If a hook is provided then it will be theme specific, no generic WP solution exists.

For a full list of the hooks that a theme should implement, see here:


At the moment this includes:

  • wp_head() Goes at the end of the element of a theme’s header.php template file.
  • wp_body_open() Goes at the begining of the element of a theme’s header.php template file.
  • wp_footer() Goes in footer.php, just before the closing tag
  • wp_meta() Typically goes in the Meta section of a Theme’s menu or sidebar.
  • comment_form() Goes in comments.php directly before the file’s closing tag ()

Note that aside from wp_head and wp_footer, there is no guarantee that the theme developer knew to add them, or did so correctly, particularly wp_body_open and wp_meta

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