How could I add a style sheet at the bottom of the <head> tag, so if there´s a need to override some other styles added before, it will override.

I heard something about wp_enqueue_style, and it seems there´s a depth parameter. Is that what I need? To make my style sheet be the last one at the <head> tag?

If yes, what should I put in the parameter depth?


  • Have a look at the Codex page for wp_enqueue_style(). As @toscho mentions in his answer below, you can tell WordPress that your stylesheet depends on others, and have it after them.
    – Pat J
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 19:48

2 Answers 2


You can add a priority number to the wp_enqueue_scripts action. So you could could give the action hooked to the enqueue of yourstyle sheet a priority of 999. Like so:

function high_priority_style() {
  Wp_enqueue_style('important', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/important.css');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'high_priority_style', '999');

A simpler way to do is enqueue all of your stylesheets, including style.css in the same function, hooked to wp_enqueue_scripts and they will be added in the order that they appear in the function, like this:

  function styles() {
  wp_enqueue_style('low-priority', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/low-priority.css');
  wp_enqueue_style('theme', get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css');
  wp_enqueue_style('important', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/important.css');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'styles');

I included a lower priority stylesheet in this example, that would be something like the CSS for a framework or grid system.

Make sure to remove any hard coded links to any stylesheets in header.php when adding styles this way (ie the right way.)

  • Should I put, the last code, on functions.php or in header.php? Commented May 15, 2013 at 11:24
  • Is it a plugin? Commented May 15, 2013 at 11:44
  • @MarceloNoronha in functions.php
    – JPollock
    Commented May 16, 2013 at 20:16

From the source, reformatted for better readability:

function wp_enqueue_style( 
    $handle, // unique name 
    $src = false, // URL
    $deps = array(), // array of dependencies, other styleheets unique names.
    $ver = false, // version
    $media = 'all' // media

So, $deps is an array of unique stylesheet handles. If you list the stylesheets here you want to wait for, WordPress will create the proper order automatically for you.


$template_dir_uri = get_template_directory_uri();
wp_register_style( 'style_1', "$template_dir_uri/style1.css" );
wp_register_style( 'style_2', "$template_dir_uri/style2.css" );
wp_register_style( 'style_3', "$template_dir_uri/style3.css", array ( 'style_1', 'style_2' )  );
wp_register_style( 'style_4', "$template_dir_uri/style4.css", array ( 'style_3', 'default_theme_css_handle' ) );

wp_enqueue_style( 'style_4' );

Now the <link> elements for the stylesheets will be printed in the correct order 1, 2, 3, 4.

  • and name for other stylesheets must be handles not file names.
    – JMau
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 19:49
  • @TweetPressFr There is no mention of a file name.
    – fuxia
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 19:52
  • I did not say that for your answer, it's just that this error is pretty common.
    – JMau
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 19:57
  • What would be the $handle // unique name of a style sheet with the file name "ie.css"? Commented May 14, 2013 at 21:18
  • @MarceloNoronha $handle can be any string, it is not related to file names.
    – fuxia
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 21:19

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