how to add javascript wordpress
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There are basically 3 steps that you need to do in your themes functions.php in order to add a javascript file to your theme.

  1. Hook into wp_enqueue_scripts
  2. Register your script with or without dependencies
  3. Enqueue your script with or without a condition

Here is a snippet with a lot of comments that should break it down for you how to add a javascript file that is in your theme’s folder under /js.

<?php
/*
* add this to your themes functions.php
*/
// Hook your script adding funtion in to wp_enqueue_scripts
// Change 'lm' prefix to your theme's initials or something unique
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'lm_load_javascript_files' );

// the function that registers the custom javascript files
function lm_load_javascript_files() {

  // register your script using  wp_register_script
  // variables with op_ are optional
  // wp_register_script( $handle, $URI_src, $op_dependency_array, $op_version, $op_in_footer_boolean );
  wp_register_script( 'owl-carousel', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/owl.carousel.js', array('jquery'), '2.4', true );
  wp_register_script( 'owl-carousel-instance', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/owl-carousel-instance.js', array('owl-carousel'), '1.0', true );

  // add your script to the queue using the handle
  // dependencies declared in wp_register added automatically

  // Option A: add to every page
  wp_enqueue_script( 'owl-carousel-instance' );

  // Option B: add only to front page
  // if ( is_front_page() ) {
  //  wp_enqueue_script( 'owl-carousel-instance' );
  //}
  
  // Option C: add only to specific page
  // if ( is_page( 'pageslug' ) ){
  //  wp_enqueue_script( 'owl-carousel-instance' );
  //}

}
?> 

In the case of a child theme

Instead get_template_directory_uri()  Use get_stylesheet_directory_uri()  when registering the script like this.

<?php
/*
* add this to your themes functions.php
*/
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'lm_load_javascript_files' );

function lm_load_javascript_files() {
  wp_register_script( 'owl-carousel', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/owl.carousel.js', array('jquery'), '2.4', true );
  wp_register_script( 'owl-carousel-instance', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/info-carousel-instance.js', array('owl-carousel'), '1.0', true );
  wp_enqueue_script( 'owl-carousel-instance' );
}
?> 

Let me know if this post helped.