Embed JavaScript File Content

Description

In some critical cases you cannot wait for a JavaScript file to load. Then you can benefit from better performance, if you embed the JavaScript code directly into the <script> tag. This is where this plugin comes in: It provides a filter embed_javascript_file_content_handles, which takes JavaScript handles and echos their code content into the DOM instead of linking to a file.

Please beware that placing lots of embedded JavaScript code can be critical! First you lose caching benefits and second the document size can increase easily. A general rule of thumb is that you should only consider JavaScript files for inline placement, which are critical and which have a file size lower than ~500 Bytes.

Example

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts' );
function my_scripts() {
    // Some critical script is enqueued
    wp_enqueue_script( 'js-detection', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/js-detection.js' );
}

/**
 * Define JavaScript handles to be echoed inline in the html head section.
 */
add_filter( 'embed_javascript_file_content_handles', 'my_embed_javascript_file_content_handles' );
function my_embed_javascript_file_content_handles( $handles ) {
    $scripts = [ 'js-detection' ];

    return array_merge( $handles, $scripts );
}

Installation

  1. Upload embed-javascript-file-content.zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Use the embed_javascript_file_content_handles filter in your theme or plugin.
  4. You’re done!

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Contributors & Developers

“Embed JavaScript File Content” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Change log

1.0

  • First release