If you have visited one of the add-on repositories on the Mozilla.org website lately you must have noticed that the design and layout has changed significantly.
There you find add-ons and themes for all Mozilla products including the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird email client.
I thought for a moment on my first visit that I was in the Chrome web store, before I realized that this was the new layout of the add-on repository for the Firefox web browser.
When you open the add-ons section over at Mozilla, you are now greeted with a modern design that focuses on staff picks, featured extensions, up and coming extensions and featured Personas on the start page.
The Explore menu at the top left leads to featured, most popular and top rated add-ons. I personally dislike that Mozilla has removed the created and updated links from the repository start screen. Below that are the usual categories, on the other side the ten most popular extensions.
When you click on one of the Explore links you are redirected to the old layout and design, which includes options to sort the add-ons by creation or update date. It is likely that this layout will be changed over time as well. (Please Mozilla, do not remove the option to sort by creation date, as Google has done on the Chrome Web Store)
Individual add-on pages have been redesigned as well. Add-ons now separate information more clearly.
You now get the name, icon, developers and a short description on top. Images are displayed below, then again information about the add-on followed by reviews of it. I personally think that the images have the focus on that page. They furthermore divide the information and disturb the reading flow. Lastly, you got a lot of white space on the page.
Users who scroll all the way down get related information, for instance which other add-ons users of that particular add-on use, which collections it is included in and if the developers have created other add-ons. These links are interesting, they can for instance be used to discover new add-ons.
Have you noticed the new design over at Mozilla yet? What is your impression of it?Advertisement
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