The WordPress codex says:

(old codex page)


(boolean) (optional) Normally scripts are placed in the section. If this parameter is true the script is placed at the bottom of the . This requires the theme to have the wp_footer() hook in the appropriate place. Note that you have to enqueue your script before wp_head is run, even if it will be placed in the footer. (New in WordPress 2.8) Default: false

So I added true after each script's src path:

     * JavaScript

    function my_scripts_method() {
        wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
        wp_register_script( 'jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6/jquery.min.js', true );
        wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );

    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts_method');

    function media_queries_script() {
        wp_register_script( 'mediaqueries', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/css3-mediaqueries.js', true );
        wp_enqueue_script( 'mediaqueries' );

    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'media_queries_script');

    function custom_script() {
        wp_register_script( 'custom', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/custom.js', true );
        wp_enqueue_script( 'custom' );

    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'custom_script');

    function replace_script() {
        wp_register_script( 'replace', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/jquery.ba-replacetext.min.js', true );
        wp_enqueue_script( 'replace' );

    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'replace_script');

But the scripts are still being included in the header.

Any suggestions to fix that?

6 Answers 6


Where did you put your code ?

  1. the "true" arguments goes in the wp_register_script();, not the wp_enqueue_script() ;

the functions is:

<?php wp_enqueue_script('handle', 'src', 'deps', 'ver', 'in_footer'); ?>


    <?php wp_enqueue_script('NameMySccript', 'path/to/MyScript', 
'dependencies_MyScript', 'VersionMyScript', 'InfooterTrueorFalse'); ?>


<?php wp_enqueue_script('my_script', WP_CONTENT_URL . 'plugins/my_plugin/my_script.js', array('jquery', 'another_script'), '1.0.0', true); ?>

  1. does your theme have <?php wp_footer(); ?> at the end of the page ?

3.add the action with add_action('wp_print_scripts', 'your function');

That being said , your best practice would be :

if (function_exists('load_my_scripts')) {  
    function load_my_scripts() {  
        if (!is_admin()) {  
        wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );  
        wp_register_script('jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.4/jquery.min.js');  
        wp_register_script('myscript', bloginfo('template_url').'/js/myScript.js'__FILE__), array('jquery'), '1.0', true );  
add_action('init', 'load_my_scripts');  

or add_action('wp_print_scripts', 'dl_register_js');

  • Thanks it is working now but I realized that placing the true in either wp_enqueue or wp-register_script work just fine.
    – wyc
    Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 15:43
  • 4
    @krembo99 The wp_register_script() takes the same amount of arguments and both add to the $wp_scripts global array and the data subarray. Combined the wrong information with the awfull readability of your answer, I've to give you a -1 (will be removed on rework).
    – kaiser
    Commented Jan 5, 2013 at 17:07
  • 1
    For me the missing piece of the puzzle was <?php wp_footer(); ?> did not exist in the page template. After that, the true parameter in wp_enqueue_script did its job.
    – joehanna
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 1:34

You are passing a bool value to the dependency param. Try this:

  • 2
    This is technically the right answer for his question based on the code in the question.
    – AndyWarren
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 20:29

I had the same problem and after doing some search I was missing this function in my custom theme:

 <?php wp_footer();?>

I'd like to simplify the answer here.. When using wp_enqueue_script or wp_register_script to load a script in the footer, you need to make sure you include the other params too, even if they are blank.

I was trying..

wp_register_script( 'rrssb', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/includes/rrssb.min.js',  true);

Which didn't work as @janoChen has noticed. Wordpress calls for

wp_enqueue_script( $handle, $src, $deps, $ver, $in_footer );

So you need to include '', for the parameters you are not using if you want to declare the function inline. Therefore the code below works as planned.

wp_register_script( 'rrssb', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/includes/rrssb.min.js', '', '', true);

Subsequently you can declare the function in an array like format like @Brian Fegter shows.

  • You need to provide the empty strings only where placeholders are needed.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 14:59
  • Ah yes! Of Course, only '', where parameters are required, not optional. Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 18:45

If you enqueue a script to the header but declare a dependency to a script enqueued to the footer, WordPress will move the footer script to the header to make it available to the dependent script/s.


According to the official WordPress documentation (Last Checked - May 2018):


and personal experience of 7+ years.

  1. You should try always use 'wp_enqueue_scripts' function for better compatibility with installed plugins/themes.

  2. You can find more about using official docs Usage here

       /**** wp_register_script, wp_enqueue_script, wp_dequeue_script ***
             *** Personal recommendation
             *  - I strongly recommend registering all scripts before enqueueing,
             *  again -> for better compatibility with other developers. 
             *  :::: For example, so others could manipulate the position 
             *       of your scripts using the wp_dequeue_*type* method. 
             *       (wp_dequeue_script, wp_dequeue_style,...)
             *** Official Docs
             *   $in_footer
             *      - (bool) (Optional) Whether to enqueue the script before </body> instead of in the <head>. Default 'false'.
             *      - Default value: false
             // examples:
      function your_plugin_enqueue(){
             wp_dequeue_script('some_script(s)'); // remove conflicting script
             wp_register_script( $handle, $src, $deps, $ver, $in_footer=true ); 
             wp_register_script('some_script(s)', $src, $deps, $ver, $in_footer=true);  // re-enqueue scripts after yours for example to elimination of conflicts

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