EP470 – Goodbye, Hello Dolly

On this episode of WPwatercooler, the panel discussed the history and impact of the “Hello Dolly” plugin in WordPress. Sé Reed shared a personal story about finding a first edition of the “Hello Dolly” record, tying it to recent experiences and changes within the WordPress community. The conversation delved into the significance of the plugin, its potential for teaching plugin development, and its role in the WordPress core. There was also a critical examination of the plugin’s lyrics and their cultural implications. The panel proposed ideas for updating Hello Dolly, suggesting it could evolve into a more educational tool or even integrate into the WordPress ecosystem in new ways.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:30 – Sé Reed’s Personal Story about “Hello Dolly”
  • 00:10:11 – Reflections on WordPress and “Hello Dolly” Plugin
  • 00:15:24 – Discussing the Lyrics and Cultural Implications
  • 00:18:00 – Opinions on Jazz and Music in WordPress
  • 00:24:13 – Potential Changes to “Hello Dolly” Plugin
  • 00:30:10 – Ideas for Educational Use of the Plugin
  • 00:36:16 – Broader Perspectives on Plugin Content
  • 00:38:27 – Closing Thoughts and Future of “Hello Dolly”


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WordPress from Install to Publish. WPwatercooler is a live video and audio roundtable discussion from WordPress professionals from around the industry who offer tips, best practices, and lively debate on how to put the content management system to use. WPwatercooler is part of the WPwatercooler NetworkHosted by WordPress developer Jason Tucker, the weekly panel includes the following WP experts as well as over 500 guests since 2012.∙ Jason Tucker - podcast host, web developer, and IT Director ∙ Sé Reed - web developer, speaker, small business advocate and Internet geek. ∙ Jason Cosper - Sr. Performance Engineer at Liquid WebFeedback for our shows can be provided here: https://www.wpwatercooler.com/feedback/
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