Hello Dolly For Your Song



This simple plugin is an extended version of the famous hello dolly plugin by Matt Mullenweg. Every human being has a special relationship to a particular song. And because of that, Hello Dolly For Your Song brings the lyric of your favourite song in the blog. But of course it can be used for any text.


  • Display a random line of a custom text in your blog as gutenberg block
  • Display a random line of a custom text in your blog as widget
  • Display a random line of a custom text in your blog as shortcode
  • Display a random line of a custom text in your theme as template tag
  • Display a random line of a custom text in the blog administration
  • Integration into WordPress REST API
  • Hooks for Developers
  • Options Page to define a custom song text
  • Site Health Integration
  • Hidden Options
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Russian

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  1. Maintain the songtext you love in the Settings.
  2. That is all!

Gutenberg Block Category




Template Tag


Get Function


REST API Endpoint



This Action wil be fired, if a new text was maintained in the settings.
You can use the following code.

function hdfys_do_anything() {      // Add your code to execute here  } add_action( 'hdfys_new_song', 'hdfys_do_anything', 10, 3 ); 


The filter will be applied before output of the gutenberg block, template tag and shortcode.
You can use the following code.

function hdfys_output_manipulate( $output ) {      // Add your filter code here     // Example: $output=strtolower( $output );      return $output; } add_filter( 'hdfys_output_filter', 'hdfys_output_manipulate', 10, 1 ); 



This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Hello Dolly Your Song


  1. Download the plugin from the WordPress Plugin Repository
  2. Activate the plugin in WordPress
  3. Go to Settings > Hello Dolly Your Song to configure your songtext


This is Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong. If no text is maintained in the options, the programm uses the songtext of Hello Dolly.

Just add the block in your content. You find the block in the category widgets.

Type [hdfys] in a blank line in the WordPress editor.

You can define the title in the settings of the widget.

Use the template tag hello_dolly_for_your_song() in your theme file. The random line will directly printed embedded within a container.

You can use the hidden option for that! Please set the option hdfys_admin_lyric to 0 in the table wp_options within your WordPress database. Because of that the lyric in the admin panel will be faded out. Going back to standard settings, just set the value to 1.

Yes, you can. Each output of this plugin has individual css classes. Please use your debugging tools, to find the classes.

You can use the regular way on the plugin page. After deinstallation your wordpress is really clean.

Helly Dolly For Your Song works for texts in poem style. This means you need a text with word wraps after each line or sentence. If you want to use a continuous text in the plugin, you should add word wraps after each sentence.

You can access the random line with the function get_hello_dolly_for_your_song() in other plugin code or via functions.php. The function returns just one single random line without markup for further processing.

Yes!  You can access the endpoint with http://yourblogdomain/wp-json/restful-hello-dolly-for-your-song/text. The endpoint delivers one random line back. So its not really REST, its only READ.

The HTML-oupt of the gutenberg block, template tag or shortcode can be manipulated. This will be made with the Filter hdfys_output_filter. Below you find a code example.

Several admin pages like settings are excluded, because some plugins do not use the wordpress standard layout. To avoid breaks in the user design, these pages are excluded.

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