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Liferay Marketplace 2.0

History of Marketplace 1.0

The existing Liferay Marketplace launched in 2012 with a lot of anticipation about the possibilities it could offer. After some initial success, engagement steadily declined over the years. In fact, at our last /dev/24 conference, long time community member Sébastien Le Marchand presented an engaging session about its current state and the need to revive it. 

It just so happened that even before Sébastien’s talk, there was already internal discussion and movement around reworking and relaunching the Marketplace, especially to complement our new LXC offering. This post will introduce you to Marketplace 2.0 and what you can expect in the short and long term.

Marketplace 2.0 -- MVP 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so Liferay Marketplace 2.0 will be released in phases. Phase 1 is our MVP release, and it will consist of the following:

  1. App Marketplace (AMP) -- a UX refresh and rebranding of the existing Marketplace 1.0 built on Liferay Commerce and laying the foundation for future phases.
  2. Solutions Marketplace (SMP) -- new section of the Marketplace that will allow our partners to list solutions they have built with Liferay to solve a particular business problem or meet a specific industry need.

Initially, both AMP and SMP will primarily be content sites that are easily searchable and provide customers with 1) instructions for installing Apps and 2) the ability to “Contact Us” for more information about Solutions. 


 

Be on the lookout for the MVP release in the coming weeks!

Marketplace 2.0 -- Future

After the MVP release, our team will be hard at work integrating the Marketplace with LXC and Commerce. Here’s some of what you can expect:

For the App Marketplace

  • Provide automated ways via LXC for partners/community members to submit and provision new Apps

  • Utilize many of the OOTB Commerce features to facilitate easy checkout and purchase of Apps by customers

For the Solutions Marketplace

  • Provide automated ways via LXC for partners to submit and provision new Solutions

  • Provide automated ways via LXC for customers to request Solution trials

Though the full implementation won’t be available until early next year, we will be releasing milestones periodically and requesting feedback from select partners/community members.

A Note for Developers

If you are currently a Marketplace 1.0 developer, please be aware that we will be freezing the current Marketplace on Tues, July 5, 2022. Once the freeze occurs, you will not be able to submit new apps or update existing ones. However, customers will still be able to view/search/install/purchase your existing apps. This is necessary to ensure that data does not get out of sync as we transition to the MVP release described above.

Please stay tuned on this blog and in the Liferay Community Slack for additional updates!
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