Hello Dolly


This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong: Hello, Dolly. When activated you will randomly see a lyric from Hello, Dolly in the upper right of your admin screen on every page.


Outdated as sample plugin

Hello, Dolly is meant to show how easy it is to create a plugin.

But, to create a plugin for your own use may be even simpler.

On the other hand: Much has changed in WordPress since this plugin was launched. Almost all new plugins that are submitted to the plugin directory of WordPress.org are now supposed to be correctly prepared for community translation. This plugin isn’t “Translation ready”, after all, it’s just a piece of lyrics (i.e. something that is hard to translate in itself, especially the way the code is written…)

Nowadays, a big part of all WordPress installations are in other languages than en_US. If someone happens to activate this plugin in a language with different script (say, Russian), it looks strange. In a RTL environment (Arabic, for instance) it will just be awkward. We’re able to translate EVERYTHING ELSE that comes with a standard installation package but this piece of sample plugin.

I think it’s time for a new sample plugin, a correctly i18n-prepared sample plugin. A sample plugin that new plugin developers actually may study to learn how to do things right.

Dumb Sexist Bloatware

I’ve always just deleted this plugin, so didn’t really mind it (although its stupid to include a useless plugin by default).

But then I noticed the kind of quotes coming up on a clients site, like
‘Find her an empty lap, fellas’
is a misogynist statement, surely if ‘she’ wanted to find an empty lap, she could find it herself, or ask for one to be found herself.

Maybe I’m taking it out of context, I don’t know the musical, but given that the quotes are completely out of any context, I think its reasonable to take them out of context.

Please remove this from WordPress package.

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Contributors & Developers

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