We are committed to raising the quality and usability of Magento Connect to make it the world’s best eCommerce extension marketplace. To do this, we want to make it easier for merchants to choose extensions that fit their needs, while making it easier for developers to use the power of the Magneto Community to promote their extensions. With more than 6000 extensions in the marketplace, it is critical that we stay focused on improving Connect to provide a superior experience for our merchants, partners, and developers.
Following are the key changes we have made in 2013, and we are just starting!
We are removing the outdated extensions on Connect. These are extensions that have not been used recently or have not kept up with the recent releases of our product. By removing these extensions, we are ensuring that the Connect marketplace highlights recent and relevant extensions.
New Ratings & Reviews System
We launched our new Ratings & Reviews system in February, which allows merchants and developers to quickly evaluate and confidently purchase extensions. The new system also enables developers to differentiate their extensions through better support and clear reviews.
New Theme Subcategories
We are introducing 16 new subcategories for Magento Themes, which will help merchants find and download the right theme for their business, and will allow developers to showcase their Magento themes and appeal to retailers in specific industries.
New Editorial Content Section
To make it easier for merchants to discover great extensions and give extension owners a way to gain more visibility, we are introducing new editorial content section on the Magento Connect homepage that includes: Most Recent, Staff Picks and Customer Picks. These categories will shine a spotlight on the best and most relevant extensions among the thousands to choose from.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback!