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WP PJAX WordPress Plugin

This plugin is meant to be used as a starting point to add PJAX support to your WordPress-powered website. Developers should be careful about using this with themes or plugins that may break this functionality with their own custom AJAX calls or conflicting scripts.

Read more about pjax, right now the plugin calls pjax on the body element and we have wordpress serve up the page trimmed after the body element up until where the wp_footer() call.


From the command line:

  • cd to your plugins directory
  • git clone
  • Load your Plugins panel in wp-admin & active your new plugin.

You could alternatively download the .zip that github provides and drop that into your plugins directory. And activate it as normal.


After installing the plugin, all you have to do is activate it run it at default settings.

By default, we use the body element as the container, you can, however, easily change this (see below). Once the plugin is activated, we self instantiate the WP_Pjax class and assign it to $wp_pjax.

A note on body classes:

By default, pjax is set up to replace the body content. This is all well and good but you need to keep in mind that since it's replacing the body content it isn't replacing those useful body classes that some page structure styles depend on. The easiest way around this is to just put a div wrapper as a direct descendant and output the <?php body_class(); ?> on that. If you do this, verify your styles that target body classes are generic .class-name selectors instead of body.class-name.

A note on pjax perspective:

Keep in mind that in an effort to make page loads of your wordpress install blazing fast, we're only sending the actual content of the container specified. This means that everything that isn't actual content we the user loads initially needs to be enough to run your entire site, all your fancy pants .js.

Which leads me to $(document).ready() calls, jQuery runs the code inside once. If you've got a lot of code that needs to be run each time, you're better served putting it in a function that you're calling inside the $(document).ready(), which you can then use as a callback function to be run on the pjax:success event.


If you'd like to customize the container that pjax will work on you have to do two things:

  • set the $wp_pjax->container_el (Default set to 'body')
  • Place the delimeters properly within said container.

$wp_pjax->container_el is what it sounds like, it's a jquery selector friendly string, anything that would work between $() for pjax. An example of this is as follows, you'd place this some place like functions.php.


  $wp_pjax->container_el = '#main';


After customizing the container element, you'll also need to add the delimeter into the right place for pjax responses. I've made a method available to do this: $wp_pjax->output_delim();.

For example, add this into your template files just inside your container element. Once just after it opens, and again just before you close it.


  global $wp_pjax;


There are some other customizable features as well:

  • $wp_pjax->filters: If you want to not use pjax to serve links with a particular href, set this, it's an array that is by default set to array(".jpg", ".png", ".pdf").
  • $wp_pjax->delim: In an effort to not step on any toes, you have access to the delimeter that we use to chop up the buffer content to server a pjax request, though you shouldn't have to touch this. Default set to "@@@PJAXBREAK@@@".
  • $wp_pjax->pjax_target: Set this if you want to tell pjax to watch something else other than the default 'a'.
  • $wp_pjax->success_cb: Say you've got some js you need to fire after a successful pjax load. Pass in a callback function, or array of callbacks. (ex: $wp_pjax->success_cb = array("testCB('testing')", "testCB('testing2')");)

You can always just write your own site-pjax, just deregister and then reregister yours. Take a look at /assets/js/site-pjax.js for available pjaxData.

Coming up

Taking well thought out requests.


If you'd like to contribute, you're in luck because I'm accepting pull requests. I'll review and then tie them in if they make sense. Thanks!


Wordpress plugin to add PJAX to your site.






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