If you’ve ever installed a WordPress plugin, you’ve seen ‘Hello Dolly’!
What the heck is it doing there? Just what does it do?
And more to the point, why does it insist on installing itself again every time you upgrade WordPress.
The Hello Dolly plugin has been included with WordPress since the very early days. And it’s still included even now in the latest version of WordPress.
It serves no real useful purpose, and was perhaps originally included to demonstate what plugins could do.
What Does Hello Dolly Do?
If you ever bothered to Activate the plugin, you’d find that all it does is put a random lyric from the song ‘Hello, Dolly’ (by Louis Armstrong) at the top of every page of the WordPress admin area.
Yes, that’s it 🙂
Does anyone actually use it? I doubt it.
Is it just a little bit irritating that even if you delete it that it reappears every time you upgrade WordPress? Yes.
Who Downloads Hello Dolly..?
The amusing, yet bizarre, thing is that despite it being included with every version of WordPress ever… if you check the current direct download stats at WordPress.org, 8,417 people have actually downloaded it!
Did they delete it, and then immediately feel a great void in their lives?
Were they hoping for an upgraded version with improved functionality?
Was it you..?