I've been working on performance of my site using YSLOW, and noticed that Wordpress it outputting things in my document head that I know I don't need.

For example, I'm already calling jQuery 1.9 from the Google CDN, so I don't need the call to jQuery in wp-includes.

Also, a plugin is including a stylesheet which I don't need (because I'm overwriting 99% of those styles anyway in my theme), so I'd like to get rid of that call also.

So how do I edit what is being output by the wp_head() function, whether Wordpress is putting it there (like the wp-includes jQuery call) or whether a plugin is putting it there (like the stylesheet call)?

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First: don't enqueue custom versions of WordPress core-bundled scripts, including (and especially) jQuery.

Second, to answer your question: those Plugin scripts and stylesheets are enqueued, using add_action(), via a callback hooked into one of the following action hooks:

  • wp_head
  • wp_enqueue_scripts
  • wp_print_scripts
  • wp_print_styles

(There are others, but those are the most likely.)

Inside the callback, the following functions are used to enqueue:

So, for a Plugin-enqueued stylesheet, named foobar.css, you'd need to look in the Plugin files for calls to wp_enqueue_style(), then note the name of the callback function it is called within. Then, find the add_action() call that references that callback function. e.g.:

add_action( 'wp_head', 'pluginname_enqueue_styles' );

Once you've found that call, you can override it yourself, using remove_action():

remove_action( 'wp_head', 'pluginname_enqueue_styles' );

I don't agree that overriding default versions with a CDN-hosted version is a bad practice. The onus is on you, however, to ensure you're using a version which all of your plugins are compatible with. Be sure to test thoroughly.

To override the default jQuery with the CDN version, add something like this to your functions.php :

function replace_jquery() {
    if (!is_admin()) {
        wp_register_script('jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js', false, '1.9.1');
add_action('init', 'replace_jquery');

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