Install TailwindCSS in Your WordPress Theme

Complexity Low
Compatibility Wordpress 5.4, 5.5+
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Implementing this recipe will allow you to use the functionality of TailwindCSS in your WordPress theme. TailwindCSS makes designing themes a breeze. Implementing this recipe will increase the speed of how fast you can design your WordPress theme.

Step 1: Include TailwindCSS in Your Package

npm install tailwindcss

Step 2: Create resources Directory

The resources directory will store the un-compiled CSS if you need to make components. It will also store the CSS entry point for TailwindCSS. I usually add a nested /resources/css directory to store the specific CSS files

Step 3: Create TailwindCSS Entry File

@import "tailwindcss/base";

@import "tailwindcss/components";

@import "tailwindcss/utilities";

Step 4: Init TailwindCSS

Run the following command to create your TailwindCSS config file:

npx tailwindcss init

This will live in the root of your theme.

Step 5: (Optional) Install PostCSS-Nested

If you want to nest css to make it more readable in your component files, run the following command:

npm install postcss-nested

Step 6: Add TailwindCSS To Your webpack.mix.js

We need to let Laravel Mix (the pre-requisite) know to compile our TailwindCSS resources:

mix.postCss('resources/css/theme.css', 'css', [
    processCssUrls: false

This will output your compiled css to a root level /css directory where you can include it in your theme.

Step 7: Include Compiled CSS In Your Theme

All we have to do is include the compiled CSS in our theme. Usually developers put this in the functions.php file. However, you can put it in any PHP file that gets loaded automatically by your theme.

wp_enqueue_style( 'your-theme-styles', get_template_directory_uri().'/css/theme.css', array(), YOUR_THEME_VERSION );