Today the Mozilla add-ons team introduced Add-on Collections. Collections enables anyone to create their own collection of add-ons that can be shared with their friends, posted on blogs, and featured on the Firefox Add-ons website.
Starting today, visitors to the add-ons website will see a brand new look with collections of add-ons front and center. We’ve integrated collections throughout the site, and created a Collection Directory that showcases all of the add-on lists created by our users. There are a number of Mozilla-created collections that are featured throughout the site, but we hope to replace these with useful community-created collections in the near future. If you find a collection you like, logged-in users can mark it as a favorite to easily get back to it later.
Besides creating your own collection, you can also subscribe to other collections and be notified when new add-ons are published to them.
You can subscribe to a collection via RSS, or you can install the Add-on Collector extension for Firefox. The Collector turns your favorite collections into subscriptions in your browser, where you’ll be notified as soon as new add-ons are published to one of your collections. The extension has a number of other features, including the ability to share an add-on you have installed with a friend by e-mail, publish an add-on to one of your collections, and set up a collection that is automatically kept up to date with your installed add-ons.
To get started, check out the Collection Directory to experience collections and fashion Firefox the way you want it.
Additionally, the team has also launched an entire redesign of the Add-ons site, which aims to do a better job of explaining add-ons and helping both new and experienced users find fun and useful add-ons through exploration. Nick Nguyen, Mozilla’s director of add-ons, goes into more detail on the Add-ons blog, excerpted below:
You’ll see we’ve integrated a new promo module that will allow us to feature collections of related add-ons in the top area as well as feature a simple tour that will communicate the value of an add-on to users who have never tried an add-on before.
Visit Mozilla Add-ons to experience both of these exciting changes!