The Dude: A Fun Alternative to Hello Dolly


This isn’t just a plugin, man. It’s The Dude, so that’s what you call it. That, or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.

It symbolizes the realization of an entire modern lazy hippie bowling amateur private investigator generation summed up in two words spoken most famously by Jeff Bridges.

The Dude was created by WordPress developer Kostas Vrouvas, who seemed to have a bit of free time on his hands. It takes inspiration (and some code) from Matt Mullenweg’s Hello Dolly plugin, replacing the musical’s lyrics at the top of admin screens with quotes from The Big Lebowski.

We tested the plugin and found that it works flawlessly. The royal “we”. You know, the editorial…

Some of the random Lebowski quotes so far include:

  • Walter, he peed on my rug!
  • And, you know, he’s got emotional problems, man.
  • Well, that’s like, your opinion, man.
  • Also, my rug was stolen.
  • You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
  • Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.
  • Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man.
  • Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here!

Amusing, yes? So if you prefer Creedence to Louis Armstrong, then you may want to mix yourself a white russian and activate The Dude on your WordPress blog.

It really ties the site together.

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  1. Best. plugin. ever. I love this trend of fun plugins, Turn Down for Publish, Rainbowify, Do the harlem shake, pinkify it, romance admin scheme. It is good to see people having fun and making great little plugins that put a smile on your face.


  2. I did much the same with quotes from the Princess Bride which I replaced in ‘Hello Dolly’s’ code. I’ve deployed it on my site to entertain myself… A random ‘As you Wish’ and a ‘Have you ever considered piracy?’ in the admin screen always brings a smile to my face!! (it can be found on github if anyone else wants it)


  3. HAHAHA!
    That’s AWESOME!

    Automattic should swap out dolly for the dude!


  4. That was an unexpected post to read this morning, thanks Sarah. Actually: “Well, they finally did it, they wrote about me at WPTavern”.


  5. Can I configure The Dude to show those messages on my front page?


    1. I’m sure you can – just fork the plugin – or maybe Kostas Vrouvas would consider adding it as a new feature. ;)


  6. This is a tough choice, The Dude plugin or the Samuel L. Jackson plugin. Being a developer is hard work :-P


  7. This plugin is just hilarious!

    @Brad: Just after I discovered this post, I decided to make a “Yoda quotes” fork. But that I decided to make something more generic. So I quickly coded plugin that enables you to use your favorite lyrics/quotes. All it needs is a text file with the quotes. You can even have different lyrics/quotes per user. I just submitted it, so it will probably not be available befor tomorrow, but you can check it out on github already:


  8. Being that Jeff Bridges is a paid spokesman for Squarespace, it seems kind of weird to see his likeness used for a WordPress plugin.


  9. When installed, the whole admin interface is switched to english language.


    1. That’s a known bug, will fix it asap. Meanwhile you can edit the dude.php and remove the last function to correct this


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