It is rather surprising that Mozilla neglected AMO for the most part. The last major change that took place on the main hub for all things Firefox add-ons dates back to 2011.
Surprising, because one of Firefox's greatest strengths is its add-on ecosystem and the extensions that are created for the web browser.
On a personal level, I like Mozilla's Add-ons website more than Google's Chrome Web Store as it offers better filtering options.
There is a "new add-ons" and "recent updated add-ons" filter for instance to find out quickly what is new or updated, something that Google's store has been lacking for years.
Old addons.mozilla.org design
Before it goes away, here is the old design of the add-ons website.
The new design
The new design is a restyle of the old which means that the functionality is not modified in any way. All links and features remain where they are for the most part which means that you will feel right at home once the change goes live.
Note: The style may, and probably will, change before it is released. This is a work in progress.
Here are three screenshots of the new design that Mozilla plans to launch in August.
As you can see, all page elements and features are still there. Some may have moved a bit. Core changes are the color scheme that is used on the site, especially the blue header background is new.
You can open the style in an editor to list all the changes made to the site.
Test the new AMO style right now
Mozilla has made available a userstyle that Firefox users can install in the web browser to test the new AMO style before it is officially released.
The new AMO style is enabled automatically on your next visit of the site.
Removing the style
You can disable or remove the style at any point in time. To turn it off, click on the Stylish icon while on Mozilla AMO and there on the "addons.mozilla.org - New Mozilla Look" style to do so.
To remove it completely from Firefox, load about:addons in the browser's address bar, switch to "user styles on the left, and click on the remove button next to the style.
Now You: What's your take on the new style?
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