Guide: What happens, if the plugin id is changed? - Don't do it!

Dear Plugin developers!

Please do not publish any package to npm unless you have settled on a plugin id.

Apparently some of you chose to change the plugin id a few times, which has problematic side effects and consequences:

  • Several versions of that plugin will show up in the plugin list. But which one shall people install? Shall they roll a dice?
  • People that have already installed your plugin will
    • no longer get any updates
    • have to install the new plugin
    • delete the old plugin
    • redo all the settings

Changing the name of a plugin can be done at any time. But changing the id is problematic.

Therefore, please don't do it. Or at least don't do it, in case you have already published the package on npm.

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