How To Use Jquery In WordPress

jQuery is a popular JavaScript library that makes it easier to work with HTML documents, handle events, create animations, and perform other common tasks on the web. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to properly use jQuery in your WordPress theme or plugin.

1. Enqueue jQuery in WordPress

WordPress comes bundled with the latest version of jQuery, so you do not need to download or link it manually. Instead, you can enqueue the library in your theme or plugin using the wp_enqueue_script() function. Here’s a simple example:

function mytheme_enqueue_scripts() {
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'mytheme_enqueue_scripts');

This function tells WordPress to load the jQuery library on the front-end. It’s important to use this method instead of manually adding a <script> tag to your theme or plugin, as it ensures compatibility with other plugins and themes that may also be using jQuery.

2. Write jQuery Code in WordPress

Now that you have enqueued jQuery, you can start writing your own scripts using the library. We recommend wrapping your jQuery code in an Immediately Invoked Function Expression (IIFE) to avoid conflicts with other scripts:

(function($) {
    // Your jQuery code goes here

This wrapper ensures that the $ alias is properly mapped to the jQuery object and prevents conflicts with other libraries or scripts that may also use the $ symbol.

3. Enqueue Your Custom jQuery Script

Once you have written your custom jQuery script, you need to enqueue it in WordPress using the wp_enqueue_script() function, just like you did with the jQuery library. Here’s an example:

function mytheme_enqueue_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script('mytheme-custom-script', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/custom.js', array('jquery'), '1.0.0', true);
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'mytheme_enqueue_scripts');

In this example, we’re enqueuing a custom script located at /js/custom.js within our theme directory. We’ve also set the $deps parameter to array(‘jquery’), which tells WordPress that our custom script depends on jQuery, so it should be loaded after the library.

4. Use jQuery in Your WordPress Theme or Plugin

Now that you have properly enqueued jQuery and your custom script, you can start using the library in your theme or plugin. Here’s a simple example that toggles the display of a dropdown menu when a button is clicked:

<!-- HTML -->
<button id="toggle-menu">Toggle Menu</button>
<ul id="menu" style="display: none;">
    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
// JavaScript (custom.js)
(function($) {
    $('#toggle-menu').on('click', function() {

In this example, we’re using jQuery’s on() method to listen for the click event on the button, and then toggling the visibility of the menu using the slideToggle() method.


Using jQuery in WordPress is as simple as enqueuing the library and your custom script, and then writing your jQuery code in a separate JavaScript file. By following the best practices outlined in this post, you can ensure that your jQuery scripts work properly and are compatible with other plugins and themes.