Rebranding plug-ins

Is there a guide to doing this? Can they be renamed too?

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey

    Hi @Captain_SEO

    No, sorry. We don't have a guide to rebranding plugins.

    If you just want to rename them to something else for your users, you could simply edit the first line in the main file of any plugin where it says "Plugin Name: XXX". The "XXX" part is what displays in your wp-admin.

  • phillcoxon
    • The Crimson Coder

    The GNU license MUST stay - it's a legal requirement to distribute it with the code.

    You can modify the plugins as much as you want but the GPL license has to stay and you should leave all author credits in there as well.

    The GPL is an amazing license in that it enables and encouraging sharing and continued development of code.

    You can change the authors name and the URL to be yourself because it's your version of the plugin. However, please also acknowledge the efforts of the original authors. It's considered impolite to take someone else's code and remove all references to them.

    My suggestion would be to make your modifications and rebrand as your own product but clearly indicate in the source and ideally also in the WP-Admin that your plugin is based on the original plugin and work by XYZ.

    Then it's a win-win all round.

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey


    As long as the GPL is respected across the board, you can do pretty much whatever you like with things. Here's the full license:

    Be sure to read the Preamble, there are some very important points in there and, if you need more details, scroll on down to the Terms.

    And, as @phillcoxon has pointed out, it's considered good form to give credit to the original authors where and when possible. Transparency is good for business on both sides :slight_smile:

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