I have made a change in WP qTip plugin so only a specific a.something[title] instead of a[title] is affected.

It's just a small plugin, but if there is a new version and my client wll update this plugin the changes will be lost.

My question is what in the plugin should I change so the update will be not possible and plugin not recognized?

Will be changing the name enough?

E.g. from: Plugin Name: WP jQuery qTip

to som thing like: Plugin Name: WP jQuery qTip - No Update


Or I need to make additional changes in the plugin too?

  • Change the name of the plugin to something entirely different, and rename the subdirectory it resides in.
    – Otto
    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:54
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    Or bump the version to something like 9.9.9.
    – RRikesh
    Aug 15, 2013 at 13:01
  • @RRikesh Thanks, that's original solution to the problem, thanks for the idea.
    – Derfder
    Aug 15, 2013 at 13:07
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    But without the update, if your plugin has full of security holes (risk of hacking), you won't get fixes in future. You have to fix 'em all by yourself. Aug 15, 2013 at 14:44
  • @MayeenulIslam you are right, but this is just some jquery stuff to show title attribute in a more fashionable way. Btw. some WP plugins aren't updated for more than 2 years ;). Anyway, you are right.
    – Derfder
    Aug 15, 2013 at 22:28

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You should not modify Themes or Plugins that you don't control. Instead, use one of two options:

  1. Patch the Theme/Plugin, and submit the patch to the developer
  2. Fork the Theme/Plugin

It sounds like you've opted for option #2. In that case, I would recommend changing both of the following:

  1. Update the entire header phpDoc refs to your forked version of the Plugin
  2. Change the directory name from /wp-content/plugins/{plugin-name}, to /wp-content/plugins/{forked-plugin-name}

I believe the bare-minimum change needed is changing the Plugin name phpDoc, and the Plugin's directory name.

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