I have installed a third-party plugin for my wordpress site. What I want is to rename that plugin so that it matches my purpose for installing it. Is it possible?

The plugin I'm trying to modify is CubePoints.. It's a pointing system for the users. But for the sake of better understanding, I'll be calling it MyPoints or something like that.a

When I rename it in the plugin PHP file, it affects only the plugin listing.

But it has a separate menu in the left panel. What I need is it to take effect there, so that the user can see the modified name in their user panel.

  • How will changing the name match the purpose of installing it? You risk breaking the update engine or if you manage to update the plugin, your changes will be overwritten.
    – RRikesh
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 5:55
  • It's a pointing system for users. The plugin is called CubePoint.. so I'm going to name it MyPoints or something so as to not to confuse the users.
    – Sam DG
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 6:10

2 Answers 2


Here is the plugin directory structure

yoursite\wp-content\plugins\ [editing-plugin-folder]

open the folder you will find a .php file in there, edit the file using any editor. you can change the name of the plugin in commented area

Plugin Name: Name according to you
Plugin URI:


save the file refresh your wp-admin dashboard and there you go .

  • I did so.. but it changes the plugin name in the plugin listing, but not in the wordpress admin left panel. What should I do?
    – Sam DG
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 6:13
  • What you exactly want to do ? Please tell me the exact location of the plugin in side dashboard, Is it in settings sub menu or it has a separate menu ? Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 6:26
  • check my main post edit..
    – Sam DG
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 6:36
  • edit the file cp_admin.php in initial 8th line you will get this code add_menu_page('CubePoints', 'CubePoints', 'manage_options', 'cp_admin_manage', 'cp_admin_manage'); replace this code with this code add_menu_page('CubePoints', 'Name of Menu You want', 'manage_options', 'cp_admin_manage', 'cp_admin_manage'); anything else you need feel free to ask. Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 7:12
  • brilliant.. it worked.. but when a user clicks My Points in the user panel menu.. it shows CubePoints - My Points there.. could anything be done about it?
    – Sam DG
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 7:23

Your changes will be overridden in a future plugin update. As a more long term solution I'd recommend using a translation plugin to modify the name OR hook into WP menu generation process and modify the plugin(s) you need.

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