I'm trying to create a child theme based on Toolbox 1.4 by Automattic.

I have my scripts file saved as child_theme/js/scripts.js on my server and I enqueue it by using

wp_enqueue_script( 'scripts', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/scripts.js', array('jquery') );

in the header.php.

When I view source in Firefox, I see the href to the stylesheet as


and the href to the scripts as


When I click on both, I can see the source of my style.css, but it says "Page not found" for my scripts.js.

I've never created a child theme before. I used to just copy a theme and modify it. What am I doing wrong?


It works when I move scripts.js out of the /js/ subdirectory into the child theme's root directory and change the wp_enequeue_script. So what is wrong?


Shouldn't you be enqueuing that in functions.php instead?

function script_enqueueing() {
        get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/scripts.js',
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'script_enqueueing');

Edit to add: if calling directly in header.php, use get_template_directory_uri(); instead.

  • You may be right about putting it in the functions.php, but I still get 404 if the scripts.js is in a subdirectory. – gavsiu Apr 30 '12 at 23:14
  • Actually I don't know what the deal with the problem is. I just keep reloading the page and now it works. =/ – gavsiu Apr 30 '12 at 23:20
  • When you change theme files at all, make sure you're flushing your cache (and emptying your W3 cache if you're using it). On Windows it's generally CTRL+F5 instead of just F5, or on Chrome/Firefox start a private/incognito session to make sure you're not seeing old content. I'm glad it's working though! – SickHippie May 1 '12 at 16:40

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