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As part of our commitment to build the world’s best eCommerce marketplace, we’re introducing new quality control requirements for extensions and cleaning up Magento Connect.

Here’s a look at the criteria (see table below) we used to evaluate extensions for Magento compatibility and popularity. Read our FAQs below to learn more about the clean up process, and how it might affect you as a developer.

The new requirements will make it easier for merchants to find and download up-to-date extensions, and will increase the overall value of the Magento Connect marketplace for both merchants and developers. But “cleaning up” Magento Connect means those extensions that don’t meet the new quality control requirements will be delisted (removed from Magento Connect) on April 3rd.

So what should you do if you feel your extensions might be affected? Nothing yet. You’ll be notified next week if your extension has been delisted. If your extension is delisted on April 3, 2013, you can resubmit your extension once you’ve had a chance to make the required updates.

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


Why is Magento delisting extensions?
We’re delisting extensions based on compatibility with recent versions of Magento, and frequency of download/referral. We believe this 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 delisted?
Approximately 20% of all Magento Connect extensions will be delisted.

Is this a one-time initiative?
Maintaining the high quality of extensions available through the Magento Connect marketplace is extremely important to us. We may undertake similar quality control measures in the future.

Is Magento delisting developers or extensions?
Only extensions will be delisted, not developers. A developer may have multiple extensions and only those extensions that fail to meet the new quality control requirements will be delisted.

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. Delisting 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.

04/01/2013 Update: The extensions that meet the delisting criteria will be removed on April 4th, 2013. Owners of the extensions that are impacted will be notified on April 4th, 2013.

04/01/2013 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.


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