What IS The Hello Dolly WordPress Plugin About?

hello dolly pluginIf 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..?

9 Comments to “What IS The Hello Dolly WordPress Plugin About?”

  1. Audrey 22 September 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Thank you! I thought I was just nuts and didn’t get it. This is one of the most useless, ridiculous wastes of time and space I’ve ever seen in the world of websites. At least now I know it strikes others the same way. Phew! Sanity regained!

  2. Yuliono 27 November 2011 at 11:01 am #

    LOL! That’s the reason I landed on this page. I want to know who Dolly is and why this Hello Dolly, not Kermit the muppet show, Shaun the sheep or something else?
    I only know about Dolly Parton and Gang Dolly in Surabaya (the largest prostitution area in South East Asia).

    Guess I got the answer now. Dolly oh Dolly, you distract me from building my site successfully 😀

  3. Alice 24 February 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I, for one, after reading what it actually does find the Hello Dolly WordPress Plugin totally cool — but that’s just me :)!

    I’ll look forward to hearing it for myself when I finally get my own blog set up.

  4. Bruce Cagle 6 May 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    After years of WP and many deletes of Hello Dolly, I finally got around to looking it up. Made me laugh. And grateful you can delete the thing. 🙂

  5. Mike 15 August 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I think I activated it once a few years ago but yeah… not exactly giving my website the bang for buck I like from my plugins so I ditched it. Maybe Matt just likes to give us a little extra freebie so we will go ahead and pay for our Akismet useage 🙂 Happy blogging peeps!!

  6. Animish 24 December 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Useless plugin…

  7. Raheel Farooq 23 July 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I delete it always. But now, I’m just going to install it. Just wondering what else could an innocent plugin do than to sing to me a nice line every time I open the admin panel? Is it really worth deleting, you busy guys?

  8. James James 6 February 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I consider the Hello Dolly plugin a good exercise in beginning to learn how to make a plugin of your own. I wish there was a series of progressively more involved plugins for me to look through.

  9. Martin 6 February 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    It has that use I suppose 🙂

    The WordPress Codex has a lot of info on developing plugins too. And of course you can dig through any plugin to see how it works – if you choose something that you already use it’ll make more sense when you look at the source.

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