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How to Add Header and Footer Code in WordPress (the Easy Way)

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Have you ever been asked to add some code snippets to the <header> or <footer> section of your WordPress website?

Often you are asked to add header and footer code in WordPress when trying to integrate with web services like Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Facebook Pixel, and more.

You may also come across WordPress tutorials that might ask you to add some custom CSS or JavaScript code to your WordPress header or footer.

By default, WordPress doesn’t provide an option to insert code in your website’s header and footer. Luckily, there is an easy solution for beginners.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add header and footer code in WordPress. The goal is to safely add the code without directly editing your WordPress theme files.

How to Add Header and Footer Code in WordPress

The Best Way to Add WordPress Header and Footer Code

If you want to add WordPress header and footer code, there are three possible solutions:

  1. Manually, by editing your theme’s header.php and footer.php files
  2. With your theme’s built-in header and footer code feature
  3. Using a WordPress plugin

The first option is not beginner friendly because it requires you to add header and footer code by directly editing the header.php and footer.php files manually.

Another disadvantage of using this method is that your code will be removed if you install an update to your theme.

The second option is using your theme’s built-in feature. Some WordPress themes like Elegant Themes and Genesis Framework by StudioPress offer a built-in option for quickly adding code and scripts to your WordPress header and footer.

If you are using a theme with a built-in feature, then it seems like a safe and simple solution. However, if you change your theme, then all the code snippets added to your website will be gone. This includes site verification in Google Search Console, website analytics via Google Analytics, and so on.

This is why we always recommend users to use the third option, a headers and footers plugin. This option is by far the easiest and safest method to add header and footer code in WordPress.

After a lot of requests from readers, our team has built the WPCode plugin.

WPCode

WPCode (formerly Insert Headers and Footers) is a 100% free code snippet plugin. You can use it to easily add code to the header and footer in WordPress.

Here are some benefits of using the WPCode plugin:

1. Easy, Fast, and Organized: It lets you add codes to your site’s header and footer easily and quickly. Plus, it keeps you organized by allowing you to store all your footer and header codes in one place.

2. Prevents Errors: The smart code snippet validation helps prevent errors that may occur if you edit your theme files manually.

3. Upgrade or Change Your Theme Without Worry: The plugin will save your header and footer code in a separate place, so you can update or change your theme without worrying about the code being erased.

Aside from header and footer scripts, you can also use WPCode to easily insert custom PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and text code snippets without editing your theme files.

Plus, WPCode has a built-in snippets library where you can find all of the most useful WordPress code snippets. This allows you to quickly remove WordPress features that you don’t want like automatic updates, REST API, XML-RPC, comments, and more.

Note: If you want advanced features like a private cloud snippet library, conversion pixels, scheduled snippets, code revisions, and more, you can upgrade to WPCode Pro.

For more details, read our guide on how to easily add custom code in WordPress.

With that said, let’s see how to easily add header and footer code in WordPress using the WPCode plugin.

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Adding Code to Header and Footer in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the free WPCode plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is activated, go to Code Snippets » Header & Footer from your WordPress admin panel. After that, you will see a ‘Header’ box where you can add your code.

Add code to header and footer with WPCode

If you scroll down, you’ll also see a ‘Body’ and a ‘Footer’ box.

Header and footer script boxes WPCode

Simply paste the code into one of the three boxes. Once you’re done, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

The plugin will now automatically load the code in the respective locations on your WordPress site.

You can always edit and remove any code that you don’t want to keep.

You’ll need to keep the plugin installed and activated at all times. Deactivating the plugin will stop adding all custom code to your site.

If you accidentally deactivate the plugin, the code will still be safely stored in your WordPress database. You can simply reinstall or reactivate the plugin, and the code will start appearing again.

Note: You may have to clear your WordPress cache after saving changes, so the code properly appears on the front-end of your website.

We have found the biggest reason why a lot of beginners use the WPCode plugin is to add Google Analytics to their website. For that, we actually recommend using the free MonsterInsights plugin.

MonsterInsights is the best Google analytics plugin for WordPress. It helps you properly set up Google Analytics tracking with just a few clicks, and it shows you helpful stats right inside your WordPress dashboard.

For step by step instructions, see this tutorial on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you to learn how to add header and footer code in WordPress easily. You may also want to see our comparison of the best email marketing services and the best business phone services.

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check with your specific theme’s support for the header not appearing on a specific page as it could be a page specific template causing you issues.

      Admin

  2. Lio says

    Thanks guys for your plugin! I used it to add FB Pixel to my site, but now I have a landing page and I need a different Pixel event (Lead) on the Thank You page after visitors confirm their details. Can I use the plugin to add the script to a specific page?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Not at the moment, for the time being, the plugin adds the code to all pages by default

      Admin

  3. Keith says

    Hi, is there a way to change the font size of the footer?
    I tried keying in a chunk of disclaimer text but it is too large.

    Thanks in advance!

  4. katrina says

    I used your insert headers and footers plugin and it was soooo easy and helpful! Thank you so much!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you mean a WordPress.com site then they currently don’t allow Adsense on their free plan.

      Admin

  5. Jeremy says

    I’m trying to connect my website to adsense in order to set up an account.
    So far google did not see the code.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to ensure you’ve cleared any caching on your site as one of the most common reason

      Admin

  6. PJ says

    You need to change your messaging/advertising regarding header/footer plug-in being free to install. It is not free unless you have purchased the Business plan for your page.

  7. Dipak says

    How many codes we can add in single header or footer section, I mean can i use two or three codes in single header section like facebook code google code etc.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You could certainly add as many codes as you need in the header section depending on your needs.

      Admin

  8. Michael says

    Was wondering if PHP can be added in the header section. Like adding Yoast’s Breadcrumb code to the header so I don’t have to go into my theme files.

  9. Ray Sagacious Ashia says

    Can You add more than one header code, to the plug-in, for example
    AdSense code and YouTube Verification code.

  10. Adewale Mudasiru says

    Hi, I’m trying to add a javascript to my site header but on click on save it says page not found

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to try resaving your permalinks and checking with your hosting provider that they are not receiving an error on your site that would be preventing the page from saving.

      Admin

  11. Poonam Kandpal says

    Thank you so much for your video, although I have copied the code still I’m not able to enable my header. How to do it?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If the plugin is installed you should be able to add the code under Settings>Insert Headers and Footers

      Admin

  12. Faris Naqib says

    Hi. I already install the plugin and it’s work. But how to add more than 1 code? Just copy like that or I need to make 1 space to copy the code

    • WPBeginner Support says

      In case you need to edit the code later, it is normally best to add the new code on the next line

      Admin

  13. rodrigo says

    Cant update “Insert Headers and Footers Plugin”.
    Error message: Update Error: Not possible to eliminate previous version of plugin. (translation from spanish)

    When trying to remove the plugin: ” insert-headers-and-footers-old/ihaf.php could not be removed completely .” (translation from spanish)

  14. Arp says

    What role is needed to access this plugin – is it for admins only or can it be provided to editors too?

  15. Marcus says

    Hi,

    After I insert the Header code, when I click “save”, will auto link to Page 404 error. How can I fix it?

  16. Judy says

    Can I add multiple/different codes in the headers sections? ie. one from google analytics and one from blogmote

  17. Jon says

    I have another plugin it seems to work almost exactly the same way only it can be used on a single page or customized as to which pages the script is added.

    I am trying the WpBeginner plugin just because I trust y’all.

    Am I likely to run into problems having both added to my site?

    Using yours for the whole site, and the other one for adding something only to the header or footer of an individual page?

  18. maddy says

    Hello,
    I’m trying to update something in my footer section.
    I have already downloaded and installed/ used this plug in previously and it is working currently. However, when I try to go edit it, when my cursor is hovering over settings…. no drop out menu appears to go to –>insert header and footer. It only takes me to my account setting page. Please help me because I need to update my mailing list options asap! Thank you!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you go to your settings area, it should expand the other options for you to be able to see the Insert Headers and Footers menu item.

      Admin

  19. SirPhren says

    Thanks WPbeginer,

    I tried saving the plugin when I added my google search console code, it redirected me to error 404.

    What could be wrong?

  20. Kanyi Daily says

    Should i deactivate and delete the plugin after inserting the code?

    Will the code be deleted as soon as the plugin is deactivated?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to leave the plugin active, if you deactivate the plugin the code you’ve added will no longer be included.

      Admin

  21. Kirsty Bennetts says

    Hello. I’ve been using this plugin for some time and find it invaluable.
    However, I am about to update to WordPress 5 but on the download page, it says ‘Compatible up to 4.9.9’. This makes me wary – will it work with 5 and are there plans to update it? Thank you.

  22. ken doughty says

    Hiya,

    Thanks for recommending the Header and Footer plugin, and I have added code to just a single post only to prevent any issues.

    I’ve noticed though, that my dropdown menu has stopped showing (just on the page with code). Do you have a Javascript fix, please?

    http://www.phhsolicitors.co.uk/calc/

    Hope you can help.

    Merry Xmas!!!!

  23. Heather says

    I have added this to my site. It reads it just fine, but prints the code across the top of my header bar EVERY time! Not sure how to fix this.

  24. Kendra says

    Plsss explian in details how to add more than one code in the headers space, cos i have already inserted ,google search console code with the pluggin how am i going to add the adsene code in the same headers section

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would add the new code on the next line as if you copied the entire code for each they should close themselves.

      Admin

  25. Yovann says

    How do I add a HTLM code in the header of my theme. I dont quite understand where it is. I use Xtheme and some people said to go to appearance and editor, but I dont have no editor.

    I need to add the Gtag in the heard of my website for Google analytics and I dont want to use a plug in

  26. mohamed ballouti says

    I want to ask you about this plugin.
    Can I put more than one code from different sites (eg Google Analytics code, Webmaster’s code, and Adsense ad code) Will the number of codes affects their performance because I see a difference in terms of visitors Google Analytics and WordPress analytics(WP Statistics)?
    And the difference between placing the code in the header and in the footer?
    Thank you sorry for bothering you
    I hope you will respond quickly.

      • Samantha says

        Like they asked, what is the difference between placing the code in the header or footer?

        Thanks!

        • WPBeginner Support says

          The code would be run sooner when placed in your header which makes it less likely to prevent loading due to a bad script when placed in the header

  27. Gerardo says

    Hi, is it possible use this plugin to add more scripts? For example i need to add the AdSense and PushCrew codes.

    If possible, just copy the code one under the other?

    Thanks

  28. Tom S. says

    So far so good. I’ve been trying to search your site for code to insert line breaks and center text. Any urls to these explanations?

  29. Faith says

    Thank you so so much. That solved my problem. I would also love to know if there’s a way to solve the error code I get in my theme codes. I’ve got 53 error when I view the source code.

  30. Claire Plaisted says

    I wish this was available for Premium Accounts as well as Business. Is there another way to embed code in your site

  31. Mo says

    I’ve installed header and footer plugin, entered the relevant code and saved it. When I look in header script in header editor I can’t see the relevant code I’ve just entered. Please advise.
    Thank you.

  32. Alex says

    Hello, is there a way to insert header code only to certain posts or to posts in a certain category?

  33. Randy Trelka says

    When I try to add header code using the plug in I get a 403 forbidden page. How do I get around this? I temporarily tried to turn off my security but that didn’t help.

  34. Prolete Atienza says

    Hi, Iam looking for option like this but for a multi-site,

    but I need is like a general admin for network-wide option,
    where when i config this, it will show to the header on all sub-site,

    currently, I need to set this for every sub-site plugin config.

    is there any way to have the plugin option of this menu under network option or something and not per sub-site.

    is there any other option i can use/do.

    thanks

  35. Riddhi says

    Hey, is there anyway to check if the code has been inserted ? Can’t detect it in my site source code nor in the headers.php file. Is is possible for this plugin to not be working ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Riddhi,

      Once you add the code and save your changes you will be able to see the code in your site’s source code. For header code you will find it between <head> and </head> tags. Footer code will be added before the </body> tag.

      Admin

  36. Debbie says

    Is there a way to use this to add an image in the header that does not replace the existing header? In other words, I already have a logo there on the left, and a search bar with social media links on the right. The center is empty. I want to add an image widget which links to the source page of the image. I have the widget code ready to insert, but there is no HTML showing in the header.php file. I do not know PHP (i do know HTML quite well).
    I added the widget to the footer, which was easy because in my theme there IS HTML (an HTML table) in the footer. But it is supposed to be at the top of the pages.

  37. Ralph Machin says

    Any idea when this plugin will be updated for WP 4.9.1? Looks like it’s only compatible up to 4.8.4

  38. Jesse says

    Thank you so much for information. I have been so much problem with pasting html adsense code in header. This information helps me a lot

  39. Gareth Parmar says

    So, can I disable this notification after install anywhere?
    I don’t need all my multisite clients to see this notification!!

  40. Brandon says

    When I add my code into the header or footer section in the plugin, does it apply it across all my pages? Thanks.

  41. melody says

    hi, I just re-added my footer widget embedded code, it’s from keyreply.
    I don’t know what’s went wrong, I could see my footer widget from my pc(while I am logged in WP), however any other devices(pc or mobile phone), the widget is not showing. any ideas?

  42. Prava says

    im a new leaner and im facing problem in converting footer content in to dynamic wordpress content

  43. Wendy K says

    I installed the insert headers and footers plugin on my clients WordPress site but when I click on it under settings it just shows a blank page. There are no fields available for me to insert text into.

  44. Geraldinesmythe says

    Hi,
    I’m trying to install an html5 banner ad at the top of my home page and a few other page tops. I have a customer that wants to only deliver their banner ad in that format so that as a rotating banner each image links to a different url we’re promoting. Where do I put this code to make it show up? I’ve tried downloading some plugins to place it but nothing is working. We normally just accept jpgs and links but I don’t want to lose this sale as she won’t deliver other than in html5. Thanks for your help! Geraldine

  45. Gareth says

    Hi, I love the simplicity of this plugin. There is one annoying point however.

    How can I disable the dashboard notice “Thank you for installing….” in a multisite set up.

    I don’t need all my client sites seeing that notice.

    A solution that doesn’t involve another plugin would be appreciated, preferably I can just remove an action or something.

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