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How to disable WooCommerce scripts and styles

When you have WooCommerce installed it by default loads its scripts and styles on every page of your WordPress site. This is definitely not great for performance. As you can see below on our test site, WooCommerce was loading 8 scripts on our home page, where we don’t even have any products.

WooCommerce scripts and styles
WooCommerce scripts and styles

Disable WooCommerce scripts and styles

In the Perfmatters plugin, you can disable WooCommerce scripts and styles everywhere except on product, cart, and checkout pages. Follow the steps below. Make sure you have WooCommerce installed and activated first.

Step 1

Click into the Perfmatters plugin settings.

Perfmatters plugin settings
Perfmatters plugin settings

Step 2

Make sure you’re on the “General” submenu.

Perfmatters General submenu
Perfmatters General submenu

Step 3

Scroll down to the “WooCommerce” section and toggle on “Disable Scripts.”

Disable WooCommerce scripts and styles
Disable WooCommerce scripts and styles

Step 4

Scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

How it works

We utilize the wp_dequeue_script and wp_dequeue_style functions which dequeues the following scripts:

  • wc_price_slider
  • wc-single-product
  • wc-add-to-cart
  • wc-checkout
  • wc-add-to-cart-variation
  • wc-single-product
  • wc-cart
  • wc-chosen
  • woocommerce
  • prettyPhoto
  • prettyPhoto-init
  • jquery-blockui
  • jquery-placeholder
  • fancybox
  • jqueryui

It always dequeues the following styles:

  • woocommerce-general
  • woocommerce-layout
  • woocommerce-smallscreen
  • woocommerce_frontend_styles
  • woocommerce_fancybox_styles
  • woocommerce_chosen_styles
  • woocommerce_prettyPhoto_css
  • woocommerce-inline
  • wc-block-style
  • wc-block-vendors-style

The scripts and styles are not dequeued on WooCommerce places that need these, such as the shopping cart, checkout, account page, product posts, product categories, and the shop page.

Alternative method

You could also use the built-in Script Manager to achieve the same results. However, the method above is much easier and quicker.

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