Hello Babble


Displays some “techno babble” at the top of your administration screen. This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words – Star Trek.

This plugin, riffing off Matt Mullenweg’s own Hello Dolly, will add a random line to the top of your administration page. But, instead of a line from a song from a barely remembered musical, this will be an item of randomly generated Star Trek-style techno babble, with possibly millions of different combinations possible.

Yes, you too can create some really impressive, scientifically baseless (yet still entertaining) techno-babble. It’s useless! It’s fun! It’s free! It’s not official endorsed by Paramount!

  • Designed for both single and multi-site installations
  • PHP7 compatible
  • Fully internationalized, ready for translations If you would like to add a translation to his plugin then please head to our Translating WordPress page
  • WCAG 2.0 Compliant at AA level


This WordPress plugin is licensed under the GPLv2 (or later).


  • A random phrase shown in the top right hand corner of the administration screen


Installation Instructions

Hello Babble can be found and installed via the Plugin menu within WordPress administration (Plugins -> Add New). Alternatively, it can be downloaded from WordPress.org and installed manually…

  1. Upload the entire hello-babble folder to your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress administration.

Voila! It’s ready to go.

I’d like to add a new word to the list!

Please! Get let me know via the forum here on WordPress.org!

Contributors & Developers

“Hello Babble” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Maintenance: Minimum WordPress requirement for this plugin is now 4.6 – code changes made to reflect this
  • Maintenance: README & assets updated for better display in new plugin directory
  • Maintenance: Corrected site links


  • Enhancement: After WordPress 4.6 the translations for the text domain don’t need to be unloaded – so now I don’t!


  • Maintenance: Added a text domain and path


  • Enhancement: Re-written part of the generator to prevent possible time-outs


  • Enhancement: Added internationalisation


  • Maintenance: Updated the support forum link


  • Initial release