Support » Plugins » Changing plugin name in repository

  • Hey,

    I’ve searched the forums and I think I’ve determined that it is possible to change the name of a plugin in the repository, but not the URL in the repository, so it will have the old name as the URL.

    I’m okay with that, it’s not preferable, but better than making a new plugin listing I think. The thing I am wondering is what will folder name and zip file name be? Will it be the plugin name, or the original plugin slug? And will it make any difference inside the plugin? All my file references are using some form of plugin_basename( __FILE__ ), so I’m hoping they will be suitable no matter the folder name.

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  • Well, I took the plunge and moved over to the new version of the plugin with a different name. It looks like all names have changed except the slug in the plugins repository and the directory name: the download folder is still called by the old name.

    The relative URLs in the plugin are working. Hopefully no one will delete their active plugin via FTP because the directory has a different name.

    If anyone knows whether the slug and folder name can be changed and who would be able to do that, please let me know, that would be ideal. This will do for now though.


    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    The slug cannot be changed without making a new plugin listing for it.

    Thanks! I can live with that.

    Do you know if the zip file name is directly linked to the slug, or is there some parameter I could put in my plugin to change that?

    On plugin name changing, had an issue that got solved and I thought it would be helpful to let other WP fellows of the solution.

    I was trying to change the name slightly but it was not getting updated. It was changed in both PHP and readme.txt files, but public plugin page still had the old name.

    The issue was solved in the end, with the help of Samuel, aka Otto. It appears that if there are used non-ascii characters in readme.txt the system gets confused and rejects the update. Thanks Samuel.

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