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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 (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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  2. Moinuddin Waheed says

    Ever since I have used wpcode on my website, it has reduced many troubles of messing with the functions.php file.
    I remember messing with the code back in 2017 and it was horrible.
    wpcode makes it easy not only to insert the code snippets but also it helps in easy maintenance.
    Moreover, it gives power to avoid lots of plugins to get small functionalities.

  3. Mrteesurez says

    Thanks for this guide.
    Although adding code to the header and footer was once a big problem for me as I am afraid to loose the custom code when updating my theme, I then created a child theme for this but it was somehow technical.
    Now, I am using WPcode to add the code and implement other custom codes with ease, it’s even faster as there are some ready made custom code in WPcode itself. The plugin is very useful, thanks.

  4. Jiří Vaněk says

    I’ve been using the WpCode plugin for several years and it’s really great. Especially for newbies who are afraid to insert codes into the website. This plugin is almost a must on every website. It can really save a lot of work and here on wpbeginner there are a lot of ready-made solutions.

  5. Pierre-Yves says

    I’ve installed the WPCode plugin and I’ve inserted code in the header field in the “Global Header and Footer” tab. This code shows a popup.
    The website is multisite and WPCode is activated on all the network.
    The popup shows well in the home page of my website, but not on other pages where people can land after searching in Google.
    What I’ve to do to get the popup showing on any page ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Just to be certain, does your theme have a style for your other pages that uses a different header or removes the header?


  6. Aamir Nadeem 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

      As long as the code is added properly and you’re not placing code within other blocks of code you can add as many as you would like.


  7. FRANK Pirrone says

    Hello, I added the code and clicked save. Nothing happened. Is there a publish button I need to press?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the code you added as not all code has a visible component, you may also want to try clearing any caching on your site for another common reason for not seeing any change on a site.


  8. Jamie Turner says

    Hi — Quick question. I’ve installed the plugin. Is there a way to select which pages the header and footer show up on? All I see is a global install without the ability to select pages. Thanks!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      At the moment the plugin is for adding code to your site’s header and not showing/hiding your header. Your theme’s templates would decide where your header and footer show on your site.


  9. Pierre Patenaude says

    I have installed the plugin (and it shows as being activated in the plugin list) but it doesn’t show up in the “Settings” menu. Did I miss a step? Could you provide a solution?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      No, the option should be available once the plugin is active as long as you have access to edit the site’s settings, you would want to ensure you are an admin on the site and if it is still not visible you would want to try disabling your other plugins to see if it is possibly a conflict with one of those plugins.


  10. Ashleigh White says

    Hi! I have a question! I am trying to add the global site tag and phone snippet to my code on each page so I can track my google ad calls. I have the “Headers and Footers” plugin, can I just paste it here and I am good? Or does it matter where I post it (Header vs. Body. Footer)? Thanks so much!

  11. Deborah Dakota says

    So close to being what’s needed! But Google strongly recommends using different metadata for every page. “Identical or similar descriptions on every page of a site aren’t helpful when individual pages appear in the web results. In these cases we’re less likely to display the boilerplate text. Wherever possible, create descriptions that accurately describe the specific page. ” Please consider updating your plugin accordingly.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Our plugin is not for metadata, it is mainly for code to add things like Google Analytics tracking or for verification codes. If you want a plugin for adding metadata to individual posts, we would recommend taking a look at All in One SEO as that will give you far better control over your metadata :)


  12. Robert Zou says

    I have a question. How do you remove code that you added using the insert headers and footers plugin? When I open up the theme editor I can’t find the code I added using this plugin.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Code added using the plugin would be removed when removed from the plugin’s settings or the plugin is uninstalled.


  13. James says

    Hello, hey I added the plugin above to my site and added the code to the header section. Then I tested with your site and it said it was saved successfully.

    But I don’t see the bot when I go to the live site. Could u tell me what I’m doing worng? Tnx.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the specific code you are adding, we would recommend checking with the support for the code for if you added it correctly as not all code is made to have something visible.


  14. Emmanuel says

    I wanted to change the color of my address bar using this plugin but each time I paste it gives me an error message

    Is my code okay?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the specific code and where the code is intended to be added. You would want to reach out to who you received the code from for where it should be placed.


  15. Elizabeth says

    I bought a theme but it does not let me add any button action in the header nor in the menu, do you think this plugin could help me???

  16. Ahmed says

    How can add the code in the header as high as possible? I need to put Code first of few lines in the header. How can I control the position of the code?


    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you need a very specific location for the code, you would want to manually add the code to your files.


  17. William says

    USELESS for a theme that does not have headers in the first place, like wordpress 2021. Useless.

    It was implied that this plugin would do that. It. Does. Not. ALL it does in insert a GIANT version of the picture you choose ABOVE your menu and site name.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The 2021 theme does have a header but, the Insert Headers and Footers plugin is for inserting code such as Google Analytics, not for adding photos to the header of your website. We would not recommend using this plugin for adding a header image as that would cause the errors you are running into.


  18. Muhammad Shoaib says

    Hey There,

    I have already installed “Insert Footer and Header plugin”, if I wanna to remove from site then the inserted code would also be removed from header section or still saved without plugin?
    Kindly light me.

  19. Kirsten says

    I’m being told by Google Analytics to add a Global Site Tag code immediately after the tag. Does this plugin do that? Otherwise, I have no idea how to add this code to *every* page on my site!

  20. Lisa Masquelier says

    Thank you SO much for these simple instructions and the plug-in. I could not figure out why my website kept deleting from Pinterest!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Code added using the plugin will be on every post and page and not individual codes for individual posts and pages.


  21. Trang says


    I can’t find the “Insert Headers” section below my post’s editor? So how can I enable that function allowing me insert different code for specific post?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Our plugin is for the entire site at this time and not individual posts or pages.


  22. Emory says

    How do I install different code for each page type instead of putting all the code in every page?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would need to manually add that if we’re understanding what you’re wanting.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Yes, we will look into updating the tested with version as soon as we are able


  23. Brian Small says

    I am getting the following error when hitting SAVE from this plug-in:

    A potentially unsafe operation has been detected in your request to this site

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check if you have any security plugins active on your site or if your host has one set up. You may also want to ensure you copied the code you are attempting to add correctly.


  24. DAVE says

    On your demonstration you didn’t have anything come up on the top.
    This is the instructions from the code generator I am using;
    Paste the copied code into bottom of your HTML page just before the closing tag
    I tested the code and it does not work, “Am I doing something different? “

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We would first recommend reaching out to the support of what has generated the code to ensure there isn’t anything specific about the code that needs to be set on your page for it to work correctly.


  25. James says

    Hello. I need to edit the header code on a specific set of pages only. I have currently added the script I need to the header.php file, however this applies the code to all pages globally.

    Is there any way I can add the script to a specific set of pages only?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Unless I hear otherwise, we do not have a recommended method for page specific code at this time.


  26. Susan says

    Thank you so much!!!

    This stuff scares me as I think I am going to doom my website forever!!

    So easily explained will definitely be subscribing.

    I need to work on this every day.

  27. Marc says

    If my theme does not allow custom header images, will this plugin allow me to make custom header images. Lost on how to do this. We have an old theme with custom header function

  28. Mark says

    Would i be able to use a relative path? so I can move the site to a different host without changing header? if so where is the origin?

    i tried to include some some examples but sucuri blocked the post as malicious. i guess it doesn’t like seeing paths.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the code but you should be able to user relative paths if you wanted.


  29. Alexandra says

    Yaaaaaaay! I am so excited. I was having so much trouble getting my Mailchimp pop-up to work, but this plugin did the job easy-peasy!

  30. Steve says

    Hi, I have installed the Headers and Footers plugin and added code for the footer. The text that I want displayed is at the very bottom, below the Bento copyright line. Is there a way to have my footer appear at the top of the footer display? Thanks

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For footer customizations, you would want to reach out to your theme’s support to see if they have any recommended options you can use.


  31. Subrat says

    I have already put Google analytics code in the header section using insert header and footer plugin how can I add adsense code there again?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      That would be something you can do but not all beginners want to or understand how to create a child theme, that is why we recommend this method.


  32. Ruhul says

    This plugin’s activation active auto bulk mail sending from my hosting server. This is working like a spam. So I have to delete this from my website.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      This plugin does not have anything like that, we would recommend scanning your site to ensure you do not have any malicious code on your site


  33. Tom says

    I added this plugin to my site but nothing showed when I clicked on the plugin? I’m using an old version of WP but not sure if this is the reason why.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You should find the plugin’s section under Settings>Insert Headers and Footers


  34. Fazil Ibrahim Moihammed says

    Hi team,

    Does the FB Pixel Base Code was copied and paste on the header tag in that plugin.
    will it automatically apply to every page of the website? Please reply!

  35. Anchal says

    How can I add a code in body section (not in the header/footer section ) with this plugin?
    I want to add certain code in the body section to avoid render blocking.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugin should currently have a third input box where you can include code that should be in the body of your site.


  36. Noya says

    My site was built by a web developer who already included all sorts of code snippets in the section of my site.
    If I add new snippets of code using this plugin, will it overwrite the code that’s already there or just add the new code to the existing code?
    I don’t want to make a mess of my site… :-)

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you add code using this plugin it would be added to your site, it would not replace code


  37. Wendy says

    Hi! I tried to add the plugin to my site but you need to have a business page to add any plugins? Can I add the code without a plugin?

  38. anudeep says

    First i have install header and footer plugin than after past my google analytics code . but my problem is once past the code and see my website, the code showing disable? How to solve it?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If the code is not being added to your header, you would want to clear any caching on your site as that is the most common root of that issue.


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