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.


Some other way to do this?

I came to complain that it’s 2017 and I still have to constantly delete Hello Dolly from dozens of sites.

Only now, in reading the other comments, did I learn that the actual purpose of Hello Dolly is to show how easy it is to write a simple plugin – wow – that’s actually pretty cool! I should have known that!

So I guess now I don’t hate Hello Dolly as much as I did. Still, it seems like there might be some other way to show plugin functionality without installing it on millions of sites. It’s not that it causes conflicts, just that it’s one more thing in the way of a clean, minimal site admin.

Outdated as sample plugin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.

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Contributors & Developers

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