function load_my_script(){
wp_register_script( 'my_script', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/myscript.js', 'jquery' );
wp_enqueue_script( 'my_script', 'jquery');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'load_my_script');

myscript.js is loading before jquery, why? And how do I make it load AFTER jquery?


2 Answers 2


You have a typo in your code. It should be:

function load_my_script(){
        get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/myscript.js', 
        array( 'jquery' )
    wp_enqueue_script( 'my_script' );
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'load_my_script');

The jQuery dependency needs to be an array(), not just a string. This will force your script to load after jQuery.

  • ... is 'jquery' needed in wp_enqueue_script?
    – Dave
    Apr 10, 2012 at 17:41
  • In the wp_register_script function, yes. It tells WordPress that jQuery is needed for this script to run, so it'll be loaded accordingly. In wp_enqueue_script it's not necessary, because WP already knows the dependencies from before.
    – swissspidy
    Apr 10, 2012 at 17:56
  • Exactly. Sorry, forgot to remove jQuery from the wp_enqueue_script() call. It's not needed there.
    – EAMann
    Apr 10, 2012 at 17:59

get_template_directory_uri() does give you the theme directory, but this is not what you want if you are using a Child Theme.

get_stylesheet_directory_uri() will give your the directory of your "current theme", so in either case, it is safest to use.

  • True, but the question is about script dependencies isn't it?
    – Rup
    Mar 18, 2021 at 13:20
  • Yes. But if someone is using a Child Theme, none of these answers will work. So this helps. Mar 19, 2021 at 14:37

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