I am creating a plugin that has a php file in the plugin directory which is accessed directly via a custom rewrite url.

I need this file to be able to use the three functions mentioned in the title.

At the moment, I am including the wp-load.php file which gives me access to all of these functions. However, I've been reading that wp-load shouldn't be included because it may not always be in the same place and it includes wordpress files that may not be needed.

This is how I'm including wp-load:

$wp_base = explode($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], $_SERVER['SCRIPT_FILENAME']);
require($wp_base[0] . '/wp-load.php');

I've found that the functions I need are located in these wordpress files:


Should I instead include only these three files, and will they always be located in the same place?

Or is there a better way to go about do this?


  • There is most certainly a better way to do this. If you include these files, you are setting yourself up for all sorts of maintenance issues. What are you trying to do by executing a PHP file directly? My guess is that there is a better way to do what you want.
    – tollmanz
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 1:46

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These functions are already accessible if you use the rewrite API. When your file is parsed WordPress has loaded already, so do not include core files a second time.

  • The functions don't seem to exist without including wp-load, but I'm using the same method to create my rewrite as explained in the link you provided. After the rewrite is created I found this line added to my .htaccess file: RewriteRule ^mypage$ /wp-content/plugins/plugin-name/mypage.php [QSA,L] Wouldn't this bypass wordpress and load the php file directly?
    – Sarathi
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 3:18
  • Then something strange happend. Usually, there is no need for an extra line in the .htaccess.
    – fuxia
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 3:30
  • I think the problem is that I'm not rewriting to index.php so it adds the rule to htaccess instead of running it through wordpress. But I'm not sure how I could use index.php and still have it load my page.
    – Sarathi
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 3:58
  • Did you read the page I linked to? Everything is nicely explained there. For a code example see my Speed Dial Plugin.
    – fuxia
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 4:01
  • Thank you! I guess I didn't read the article well enough, but I got it to work by adding the query variable then requiring my php page on the template_redirect hook.
    – Sarathi
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 4:14

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