[wp-hackers] prevent theme's functions.php from loading in wp-settings

Paul Menard paul at codehooligans.com
Sat May 3 23:19:29 UTC 2014

Greetings. I custom processing loop outside of WordPress. This is a custom
AJAX handler and depending on the POST arguments I do some stuff outside of
WordPress or as in this case I load WP via the following.

define( 'SHORTINIT', false );
define( 'WP_USE_THEMES', false );
define( 'WP_DEBUG', false );

// Load in WP core.
require( $configs_array['ABSPATH'] .'wp-load.php' );

So as anyone knows wp-load.php then calls wp-config.php which in turn calls

Within wp-settings.php line 324 begins the logic and my issue.

if ( ! defined( 'WP_INSTALLING' ) || 'wp-activate.php' === $pagenow ) {
'/functions.php' ) )
include( STYLESHEETPATH . '/functions.php' );
if ( file_exists( TEMPLATEPATH . '/functions.php' ) )
include( TEMPLATEPATH . '/functions.php' );

Seems I had always thought setting the define 'WP_USER_THEME' as false
would prevent the theme from loading. I guess I was wrong.

What I'm really trying to prevent is a query used within the TwentyFourteen
theme in twentyfourteen/inc/featured-content.php where registers an action
for when 'wp_load' action hits. This in turn causes a get_option call for
featured content in line 471 Not that this is a big query.

$saved = (array) get_option( 'featured-content' );

 Just bugs me that I can't stop it from being called.

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