Chisel A WordPress Development Framework


You might not need jQuery. But if you do, check out some specifics when working with jQuery in Chisel.

Using jQuery plugins with webpack

One of the known issues we encounter while front-end development is usage of jQuery plugins like flexslider alongside webpack module bundler.

The usual solution to that problem can be treated this way:

1) Install jquery node-module if you haven’t done it yet

This is needed because many jQuery plugins have a check if they run inside a module bundler and require jquery to be a node-module, but they tend to bind themselves to global $ object either way.

npm install --save jquery

2) Make jQuery global (for various reasons)

window.jQuery = window.$ = require('jquery');

3) Require plugin

require('flexslider'); // Usually they bind to global jQuery object

Using jQuery and its plugins outside of webpack bundle

From time to time you may stumble upon legacy jQuery plugin or one which just doesn’t want to play nice with webpack. In such case you can setup the project to place jQuery and its plugins outside of the main bundle.

New project setup

Make sure to Include jQuery and then agree to configure vendor bundle for jQuery plugins.

? Include jQuery? Yes
? Would you like to configure vendor bundle for jQuery plugins? Yes

Existing project setup

You can try following steps:

1) Check if jQuery is installed

In case it isn’t go ahead with yarn add jquery or npm install jquery --save depending on which tool you use.

2) Exclude jQuery from webpack

Open up webpack.chisel.config.js in the root directory and make sure following entry is present:

externals: {
  jquery: 'window.jQuery',

3) Add path to jQuery

Make sure that path to jQuery is present in vendor.json:


How to use it

This setup will allow you to place plugins inside special src/scripts/vendor directory. Mind they won’t be picked up automatically! You need to add the plugin name in the src/scripts/vendor.json file. Assuming that you’ve placed select2.full.min.js inside the vendor, the vendor.json file should look like this:


So, to recap:

  1. Make sure to you’ve got jQuery installed.
  2. Place the plugin script inside src/scripts/vendor.
  3. Add its name inside src/scripts/vendor.json.
  4. Enjoy 😉


  • It’s enough to add full file name inside vendor.json. There’s no need to add full path to it if the script has been placed inside src/scripts/.
  • Removing "/node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.js" path will get rid of jQuery.
  • It’s possible to refer plugins installed via NPM or Yarn using appropriate path – just like in the jQuery example: "/node_modules/[plugin name]/[plugin-file.js]"
  • When writing code it’s possible to import $ from jQuery or var $ = require('jquery') and use plugins from the vendor directory.
  • This setup will create additional JS file called vendor.js. It’ll be placed in dist/scripts just like the bundle file.

Library not available through npm

Use externals option in webpack configuration. You can also try vendor plugins setup as decribed above.

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