We’re very excited to begin rolling out a new design for our homepage and add-on details page to a small number of visitors to addons.mozilla.org very soon. These new designs bring some of our most popular pages in line with the new Mozilla styling and provide a cleaner, simpler look for exploring the thousands of add-ons in our gallery.
The homepage design features a new hovercard that hides information when you’re glancing through a grid and don’t need the clutter, but reveals it when you’re interested in learning more about the add-on. Using this new layout, we’re able to surface a wider variety of add-ons. The same rotating banners visible in the Firefox 4 Add-ons Manager are now on the homepage to offer fresh new content every month. And we’ve switched our primary popularity metric from weekly downloads to the average daily users each add-on has had over the last 7 days, rewarding add-ons that people love and keep using instead of those users simply tried out because they were already popular.
We’ve also brought back something AMO hasn’t seen in many years: top-level navigation, making it easy to get to any part of the site from every page. This navigation also helps users understand the different types of add-ons available, and we’ll be adding more educational content soon to these menus and the homepage banners.
Over the next few weeks this design will start rolling out to more and more users while we watch your feedback and how this design affects user activity on the site. Please try out the new design and let us know what you think — we hope you like this new design as much as we do.