March 9, 2016
As we work toward the launch of the new Magento Marketplace, we have put together some tips to help our developers when creating Magento 2.0 extensions. The Magento Marketplace will offer merchants a curated user experience for easy discovery of high quality products and services, while providing developers with a vibrant Magento community and the tools and marketing resources to monetize their application business.
Tip #1: Survey the Landscape
As you prioritize extensions to port to Magento 2.0, survey the landscape to identify areas of opportunity to expand your business. Be sure to see what’s currently available on Connect and evaluate the gaps.
Some additional tips from our valued developers:
“Navigate to Magento Connect and search for the existing solutions that may be convenient in this case. Thoroughly check the functionality of the extensions and it may be that some particular features and functionality are missing in the existing extensions. Often, clients come to us saying that they found an extension that lacks some particular functionality and they ask if we can add it. Listen to such requests and it may be a great help in finding the idea for a new extension. For example, at the beginning, our Framer extension was simply a custom solution that we applied for a particular client, but afterwards more clients started requesting similar solutions and we decided to release a flexible easy-to-customize extension for a wide target audience. And now businesses working with frames can simply purchase and customize the extension and it will be faster and easier than requesting a developer to create a new solution from scratch.” - BelVG
“The biggest thing for us in launching a Magento 2.0 extension was first understanding the merchant opportunity or pain point we are solving. Magento merchants have such a breadth of customization options at their fingertips, the biggest tip I can give any new developer is to understand how what you’re building fits into the larger Magento ecosystem." - Pixlee
Come back next week for more tips on launching Magento 2.0 Extensions!