In one file (test_ajax.php) I have a which on change loads another page (registration_form_race_type.php) with a short message via jQuery Ajax(). It works fine when "test_ajax.php" is accessed via its absolute URL which is :

But amazingly enough, the Ajax functionality ceases to work if the exact same page "test_ajax.php" is accessed via its WordPress address which is :

I insist these both URLs point to the same two PHP files.

Here is the code of "test_ajax.php" :

Template Name: Page Test Ajax 01
    <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js" ></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery(function () {    
            jQuery('#event_id_from_list').change(function() {       
                var event = jQuery("#event_id_from_list").val(); 
                var data = "event_id=" + event;         
                    url: 'registration_form_race_type.php', 
                    type: 'GET',
                    data: data,
                    success: function(data){ 
    <select class='required' type="text" name="event_id_from_list" id="event_id_from_list" />
        <option value='Paris'>Paris</option>
        <option value='London'>London</option>
        <option value='Rome'>Rome</option>
    <div id='div_race_type' class='section'>            
        <?php require_once('registration_form_race_type.php'); ?>           

And the code of the page called via Ajax, "registration_form_race_type.php" :

<?php if (isset($_GET['event_id'])) echo 'you selected '.$_GET['event_id']; ?>
  • 1
    Please follow these steps to use AJAX.
    – fuxia
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 6:33
  • @toscho: thanks, I read this but is it not for plugins only (since some steps involve adding stuff in plugin file)?
    – drake035
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 14:02
  • 1
    Your AJAX callback function can load any file from any theme or plugin. But the URL should be the one WordPress offers.
    – fuxia
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 14:06

1 Answer 1


I advice to use the wp built-in ajax. it allows avoiding many problems and brings many benefits.

an example that I wrote to illustrate the 2 approches:

Dynamically changing navigation links (next and previous) via AJAX

I am here to provide with explanations

good luck

  • Thanks. I think the WordPress way of doing Ajax is awfully complicated (I mean compare to jQuery: load(page.php), done! For WordPress you need to follow tutorials..
    – drake035
    Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 16:49

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