[theme-reviewers] Is wp_enqueue style/script necessary?

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Aug 1 12:40:10 UTC 2012

Yes. As stated explicitly in the Theme Review
this is absolutely required, for a few reasons. First, using
wp_enqueue_script() ensures that the script is output correctly in relation
to other scripts being output. It also ensures that any dependencies are
met, and that any core-bundled scripts are used. Also, using a callback
allows for a Plugin or Child Theme to dequeue/override a given script.

Also keep in mind: what is *required* for WPORG-hosted Themes is defined in
the Theme Review guidelines <http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review>. What
is listed as "required" in the Theme Review
guidelines<http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review>supersedes anything
else you might find elsewhere in the Codex. The reason
that enqueueing scripts is *required* for WPORG-hosted Themes is *because*
this method is the safe, recommended, and best-practice method for
including scripts in Themes.

The only exception to this rule is the default stylesheet, which can be
hard-coded in the document head or enqueued (but in either case, must be
called using get_stylesheet_uri()), as stated explicitly in the Theme
Review Guidelines <http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review>:

Themes may *optionally* link the default stylesheet (style.css) directly in
the document head, or via wp_enqueue_style().

Also, "but Twenty Eleven does it!" is never considered a valid argument.
While we do our best to contribute back into core-bundled Themes to ensure
that they always meet current Theme Review
the Theme Review Team does not have ultimate/final control over their

If you have any other questions, please check the Theme Review
or ask here on the mail-list.



On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 2:43 AM, CONNOR Wayne and Jill <wayne at dubbo.org>wrote:

> I got this comment on last submission of my slidingdoor theme:
> Themes are REQUIRED to enqueue all stylesheets and scripts, using
> wp_enqueue_style()/wp_enqueue_script(), and hooked into an appropriate
> hook via callback function, rather than hard-coding stylesheet/script links
> or tags in the template.
> I've been to
> http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_enqueue_script and I
> don't actually understand what it's saying. I don't want to get my head
> around it if I don't have to!
> Is it talking about my inclusion of say mootools in my header.php?
> <script type="text/javascript" src="<?php echo $url;
> ?>/imagemenu/mootools.js"></script>
> Do I need to do this differently?

> It does say on the function reference page "The safe and recommended
> method of adding JavaScript to a WordPress generated page is by using
> wp_enqueue_script(). "
> 'recommended' is not 'you must'.
> I've checked out the twentyeleven theme and it has this in header:
> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="<?php bloginfo(
> 'stylesheet_url' ); ?>" />
> that seems to be a direct including of a stylesheet not using
> wp_enque_style.
> So some guidance would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Wayne
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