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Display Name MOD

by Reece Savage

Allows characters to use a Display Name as an alternative to the First Name, Last Name, Suffix which is the default in Nova.

Display Name - A Nova Extension

This extension allows characters to use a Display Name as an alternative to the First Name, Last Name, Suffix which is default in Nova. If Display Name is blank the default method will be displayed.

This extension requires:

  • Nova 2.6+


  • Copy the entire directory into applications/extensions/nova_ext_display_name.
  • Add the following to application/config/extensions.php:

    $config['extensions']['enabled'][] = 'nova_ext_display_name';

    Setup Using Admin Panel - Preferred

  • Navigate to your Admin Control Panel
  • Choose Display Name under Manage Extensions
  • Create Database Columns by clicking "Create Column" for each column. Once all columns are added the message "All expected columns found in the database" will appear.
  • Click Update Controller Information to add the get_character_name function to your application/models/characters_model.php file.

Installation is now complete!

Manual Setup - If not using the method above.

  • Run the following commands on your MySQL database:
ALTER TABLE nova_characters ADD COLUMN display_name VARCHAR(255) DEFAULT NULL;
  • Add the following function in your applications/models/characters_model.php file to overwrite get_character_name function.
    public function get_character_name($character = '', $showRank = false, $showShortRank = false, $showBioLink = false)

        if ($showRank === true)
            $this->db->join('ranks_'.GENRE, 'ranks_'.GENRE .'.rank_id = characters.rank');

        $this->db->where('charid', $character);

        $query = $this->db->get();

        if ($query->num_rows() > 0)
            $item = $query->row();

            $array['rank'] = ($showRank === true) ? $item->rank_name : false;
            $array['rank'] = ($showShortRank === true) ? $item->rank_short_name : $array['rank'];

                $array['display_name'] = $item->display_name;
            }else {
            $array['first_name'] = $item->first_name;
            $array['last_name'] = $item->last_name;
            $array['suffix'] = $item->suffix;

            foreach ($array as $key => $value)
                if (empty($value))

            $string = implode(' ', $array);

            if ($showBioLink === true)
                return anchor('personnel/character/'.$item->charid, $string);

            return $string;

        return false;

Installation is now complete!


  • Create or Edit a character.
  • Enter a Display Name.
  • Enter other values as normal.
  • Save or Submit
  • If Display Name is present the value will be displayed on the Manifest.


If you encounter a bug or have a feature request, please report it on GitHub in the issue tracker here:


Copyright (c) 2021 Reece Savage.

This module is open-source software licensed under the MIT License. The full text of the license may be found in the LICENSE file.

  • v1.0.0 - Initial Release
  • v1.0.1 - Fixed issue with custom table prefixes.
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Reece Savage
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22 March 2021
Last Updated
17 September 2021