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  • I released a dropdown menu plugin a while back which has been quite popular.

    I’ve been working on a beta version of it for a few months now and it is nearly ready for release into the WordPress plugins repository as the new stable version.

    However … it isn’t just useful as a dropdown menu plugin, I’m also working on a system whereby it can be used for flyouts, sliders, dropboxes and all sorts of other menu types. So the original name for the plugin is misleading.

    So … how do I go about changing the name of the plugin? I can’t see any way to do this as the folder name in the repository seems to be set. It also generates the ZIP file with the folder name too.

    Or should I submit the new version of the plugin as an entirely new plugin and just depreciate the old one?

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  • Michael Torbert


    WordPress Virtuoso

    I think the latter is the only course of action that works currently. However, I suggest that we petition the WP team to allow us to have better control over repository info and to remove plugins completely.

    I was worried that might be the case.

    Thanks for the info 🙂

    Well I renamed my plugin, changed the version number (in readme.txt and main script file), then changed the folder name and the file name of the main plugin script. But when I uploaded it to a WP install, I got the message “There is a new version of Multi-level Navigation Plugin available. Download version 1.6.4 here or upgrade automatically.”.

    Do any of you know how to make WP think it is a different plugin other than the methods I’ve tried already?


    I’m still having troubles trying to work out what WordPress looks for in a plugin to determine what makes it different to another plugin.

    I’ve changed the plugin name, description and version number in the PHP file and in the readme.txt file, but WordPress still recognises it as being the original plugin I based it on.

    Any help greatly appreciated 🙂

    I think I’ve figured this out.

    The plugin is identified by the ‘Plugin URI’ in the PHP file. I had the same URL for the new plugin and the old one. Oddly, editing the URL and re-uploading it didn’t get rid of the annoying

    There is a new version of …

    message. I had to change the folder name too, then it worked. What really threw me off, is that changing the folder name back to the original again also worked, so I’m guessing the individual WordPress install stores the information somewhere.

    Anyhows, hopefully this information will be helpful for anyone else trying to go through this process 🙂

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