How to add defer=“defer” tag in plugin javascripts?

I couldn’t add defer tag in plugin javascripts. Google developer pagespeed test suggests me to add defer tag in contact form 7 javascripts.

This is how contact form 7 includes javascript in header.

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpcf7_enqueue_scripts' );

function wpcf7_enqueue_scripts() {
    // jquery.form.js originally bundled with WordPress is out of date and deprecated
    // so we need to deregister it and re-register the latest one
    wp_deregister_script( 'jquery-form' );
    wp_register_script( 'jquery-form', wpcf7_plugin_url( 'jquery.form.js' ),
        array( 'jquery' ), '2.52', true );

    $in_footer = true;
    if ( 'header' === WPCF7_LOAD_JS )
        $in_footer = false;

    wp_enqueue_script( 'contact-form-7', wpcf7_plugin_url( 'scripts.js' ),
        array( 'jquery', 'jquery-form' ), WPCF7_VERSION, $in_footer );

    do_action( 'wpcf7_enqueue_scripts' );
}

Now how to add defer=”defer” tag in the above code?

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As of WordPress 4.1 there is a filter: script_loader_tag. You can use it to find the correct script:

add_filter( 'script_loader_tag', function ( $tag, $handle ) {

    if ( 'contact-form-7' !== $handle )
        return $tag;

    return str_replace( ' src', ' defer="defer" src', $tag );
}, 10, 2 );

Old answer

There is no dedicated filter available … at least I cannot see one. But …

  • wp_print_scripts() calls WP_Scripts->do_items()
  • which calls WP_Scripts->do_item()
  • which uses esc_url()
  • which does offer a filter: 'clean_url'.

And here we go:

function add_defer_to_cf7( $url )
{
    if ( FALSE === strpos( $url, 'contact-form-7' )
      or FALSE === strpos( $url, '.js' )
    )
    { // not our file
        return $url;
    }
    // Must be a ', not "!
    return "$url' defer='defer";
}
add_filter( 'clean_url', 'add_defer_to_cf7', 11, 1 );

Caveat: not tested, just an idea. 🙂

Update

I have written and tested a plugin with this code. See https://gist.github.com/1584783