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Does Your Magento Extension Meet the New Quality Control Requirements?

Magento has introduced new quality control requirements for all Magento extensions which are or will be pushed in their marketplace “Magento Connect”. Lately, a large numbers of Magento extensions have been pushed to Magento Connect which were not very valuable for the Magento community. We welcome their move to put some sort of quality control on Magento extensions to filter out junk.

Magento Connect Quality Control Requirements

Magento has been very transparent with the quality control requirements; they have properly listed the criterion for Magento extension developers so they don’t run in the dark. Till now, Magento was primarily evaluating any Magento extension as per it’s popularity and compatibility. But many Magento extension developers have hacked the popularity score in the past, forcing Magento to rethink their popularity logic altogether.

With these quality control enforced, Magento merchants (Store Owners) will find it easier to download the most updated extension from the marketplace. After cleanup those old extensions which doesn’t meet the criterion listed below will be de-listed (removed) from Magento Connect starting April 4th.

Magento Extension Delisting Criteria

Extension Type Reason for Delisting Exception Evaluation Time Frame
Magento CE extensions only Extension is not compatible with Magento Community Edition v1.3 or higher N/A Early March 2013
Paid extensions (Magento CE and EE) Paid extension has not had any referral traffic on Magento Connect for 6 consecutive months Paid extensions uploaded on or after 08/01/2012 08/01/2012
Free extensions (Magento CE and EE) Free extension has been downloaded fewer than five times in 6 consecutive months Free extensions uploaded on or after 09/01/2012 09/01/2012

What It Means For Magento Extension Developers

Worrying about your extension? Feeling that your extension might be affected? Well, first of all all Magento extension developers (if affected) will be notified within a week starting from April 4th.  You can review and resubmit your extension again after complying with the new policy guidelines, quality control requirements.

Magento Quality Control Requirements FAQ

Following are some Frequently Asked Questions about Magento Connect Quality Control Requirements.

Why is Magento delisting extensions?

They are delisting extensions based on compatibility with recent versions of Magento, and frequency of download/referral. The believe this quality control will improve the overall quality and discoverability for all extensions in the Magento Connect marketplace.

Which extensions will be delisted?

  1. Extensions that are not compatible with Magento Community Edition version 1.3 or higher
  2. Paid extensions (Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition) that haven’t had any referral traffic from the “Get Extension” button on their Magento Connect listing for 6 consecutive months (Exception: Paid extensions uploaded on or after August 1, 2012 will not be affected).
  3. Free extensions (Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition) that have been downloaded fewer than five times in 6 consecutive months (Exception: Free extensions uploaded on or after September 1, 2012 will not be affected).

How many extensions will be de-listed?

Approximately 20% of all Magento Connect extensions will be de-listed.

Is this a one-time initiative?

Maintaining the high quality of extensions available through the Magento Connect marketplace is extremely important. They may undertake similar quality control measures in the future.

Is Magento delisting developers or extensions?

Only extensions will be de-listed, not developers. A developer may have multiple extensions and only those extensions that fail to meet the new quality control requirements will be de-listed.

Do the new requirements apply to both industry partner and developer extensions?

Yes. All extensions available through Magento Connect will be held to the new requirements.

I’m currently using an extension that has been delisted. Can I continue to use it?

Yes. De-listing an extension from Magento Connect won’t affect customers or their installations

What happens to my listing on Magento Connect when my extension is delisted?

If your extension is delisted, your listing becomes inactive and will no longer be visible. However, your extension will still appear under My Extensions in your Magento Account.

How can I get my extensions relisted on Magento Connect?

If your extension is delisted, you may resubmit your extension to Magento Connect.

What happens to my Ratings and Reviews if my extension is delisted?

If you choose to resubmit your extension and it is accepted, your ratings and reviews will be reinstated.

Latest Update: We have received multiple questions around CE version compatibility criteria. Please note that Magento CE extensions should support either 1.3, OR any version higher than that. So if you are supporting a version higher than 1.3, you are fine and your extension won’t be delisted due to version compatibility criteria.

So, what do you think about Magento Connect Quality Control Requirement and how they are enforcing this on the Magento developer community. Please leave us a comment and share your view with us. Don’t forget to subscribe our RSS to receive latest Magento tips, tricks and updates.