How to change the name of a Joomla 2.5 Plugin

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If you’re following along with our tutorial series on creating plugins for Joomla 2.5, you’ll notice that the name of our plugin is plg_content_helloworld. This is not an ideal plugin name, and in this Joomla 2.5 tutorial we’ll show you how to rename a plugin.

The following table shows where in the xml file this name is set, and where you see the plugin name in your Joomla 2.5 admin:

Declaration in the plugin’s xml file: Screenshot of where the plugin name is seen:
<name>plg_content_helloworld</name> plugin-name-as-shown-in-Joomla-admin

If you would like to change the name of your plugin, you’ll need to update the plugin’s xml file. Find and change the name attribute from plg_content_helloworld to Hello World. After making this change, you’ll need to uninstall and then reinstall the plugin. After making these changes, the following are our results:

Updated name in the plugin’s xml file: Updated plugin name as seen from Admin view:
<name>Hello World</name> updated-plugin-name

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