5 Tips : How To Use jQuery With WordPress
1. Loading jQuery In The Footer Of The Website
WordPress contains other libraries also and therefore to negate chances of any code conflict, jQuery has to be included in the following manner :
2. Using WP_ENQUEUE_SCRIPT () For The Purpose
The traditional method of incorporating jQuery with a HTML page is to use a script tag for the purpose but when the developer is using jQuery with WordPress, this method must be avoided. In case, script tags are used for the inclusion, then there is a strong possibility of problems arising which will prove detrimental to the whole project. When wp_enqueue_script and wp_enqueue_style functions are used, they tell WordPress when and where to load a file and what are the dependencies of the file, and reduces chances of conflicts with other themes and plugins. While adding the script to the theme of the website, the code must be added to the functions.php file of the theme and the same process will be used for adding the code to a plugin’s file.
3. Add jQuery As A Dependency In The Website
4. Following Appropriate jQuery Conventions During The Process
This is one of the most vital tips for any developer as not following the correct and appropriate jQuery conventions in the process will lead to problems. A common error that is committed by most programmers is not using the $ variable properly. The jQuery version included in the core WordPress program has the jQuery.noConflict(); function which gives the control of the $ variable to the library in which it was first implemented. When a user is trying to load a totally different version of jQuery then the function has to be manually called from one of the JS files.
5. Linking Of The jQuery Scripts With The Website
Once the proper jQuery code has been composed, the process of enqueueing or linking the jQuery code to the website must be done. The process is similar to how it is done in HTML websites which use the element for adding scripts, but some special functions are also needed for managing all the dependencies, when linking the scripts with a WordPress website.
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