What is the difference between the “wp_footer” and “get_footer” actions?

The question:

I am working on developing a plugin, and I am trying to add a line of text to the bottom of the page, I see there are two actions that seems reasonable, wp_footer() and get_footer(). wp_footer sounds like it may more suited towards code that needs to go at the very end of the page (like JavaScript files), but get_footer didn’t have any documentation on its wordpress codex page. Which should I use for something like this?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

These two functions accomplish two different things. wp_footer() is a hook used in your footer.php template file to ensure that the right code is inserted (from the core/plugins/etc) into the right place. get_footer() is used in your other template files to call for the code in your footer.php template file.

So in simpler words wp_footer() gets other code that you most likely don’t produce (but need), so it’s a little more abstract. get_footer() grabs the exact code that you wrote into your footer.php file so it is the WordPress version of PHP’s include() function.

Hope this helps 🙂

Method 2

The get_footer() template tag is a custom wrapper for the locate_template() function, used to include a template-part file within a template file. The get_footer() template tag is part of the WordPress template system, and is used primarily by the Theme itself, to specify the footer.php or footer-{slug}.php file to include in the current template.

The wp_footer() template tag is a custom wrapper for the wp_footer action hook, which is invoked via do_action( 'wp_footer' ). The wp_footer() template tag is part of the WordPress Hooks API, and is used primarily by Plugins, to inject scripts in the site HTML footer.

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