Back in December I released a WordPress plugin called Benjamin Sterling Galleries that was pretty good. Then a friend suggested that I should change the name because it was a bit “ego” driven and would not really grab anyones attention. I told him I liked that name, but would be open to suggestions. He had none.
A few weeks had gone by and I was in the process of redoing the plugin to add some features and remove some things that made zero sense and I thought since it was going to be a much bigger release that I should consider a name change. After brainstorming for a bit I came up with PhotoXhibit and thought it was ok, but did not think the public would. But I stuck to my guns away and submitted a request for the plugin to be put on WordPress’ plugin directory.
The official release of PhotoXhibit was on 02/19/2008 at about 9pm EST and up till that point Benjamin Sterling Galleries had a total download of about 2,101 and that plugin was release about 12/06/2007 about 4pm EST. That is rough estimate of about 80 days between those two days and as of the writing of this post PhotoXhibit has 1,565 download. That is a difference of 536! And that is with out giving the link to anyone but a select few testers. (both are linked on wordpress.org so the those links offset each other)
So that leads me to the point of this post, what really is in a name? The plugin is more or less that same with some minor feature improvements.
Could the HD-DVD format have won if Blu-ray was not named Blu-ray?
Can a name really be that important? I would really love to hear your feedback and thoughts on this?