December 04, 2012 by Zeke Sikelianos
Heroku Add-ons make it easy for developers to extend their applications with new features and functionality. The Add-on Provider Program has enabled cloud service providers with key business tools, including billing, single sign-on, and an integrated end-user support experience. Since the launch of the Heroku Add-ons site over two years ago, the marketplace has grown to nearly 100 add-ons. As the add-ons ecosystem has grown, we've learned a lot about how cloud service providers structure their businesses and how users interact with them.
Today we're happy to announce the launch of the updated Heroku Add-ons site.
The goal of the new site is to make it even easier to find, compare, purchase, and use add-ons. In addition to categorization, tagging, search, and an add-on showcase, we've made it easier to understand the benefits of each add-on, distinguish between plans, access documentation, and provision add-ons from the web or the command line. Here are some highlights of the new design:
We're now featuring add-ons on the homepage in an active rotation based on three criteria: newness, popularity, and staff picks.
We've introduced categories to help you make more informed decisions about which add-ons are right for your use case, like which database to use.
The home page now features a lightning-fast search field. Each search result includes the CLI command to install the add-on, so if you know the add-on you're looking for you can be on and off the site in a matter of seconds.
The search tool also has some handy vim-inspired keyboard shortcuts:
/focuses the search field.
escclears the search field.
j(or down arrow) moves you down in the results.
k(or up arrow) moves you up in the results.
o(or enter) opens the currently selected search result.
yselects the CLI command so you can copy it.
Emphasis on Productivity
In the new marketplace, we've encouraged add-on providers to highlight the ways in which their add-on will improve developers' lives. Rather than emphasizing technical commodities like megabytes of cache or number of allowed requests, benefits highlight the high-level value of each service, such as ease of integration, time saved, and higher productivity.
Clear differentiation of Plans
The new plan interface makes it easier to distinguish how an add-on's offerings change across plans.
Dev Center Documentation
We've added tighter integration with Dev Center for easy access to each add-on's documentation.
As of today, the new Add-ons Marketplace is the default for everyone on the platform. Watch closely for updates and new features. To stay up to date as new add-ons enter the marketplace, check out the new add-ons changelog and subscribe to the feed or follow our new twitter account, @HerokuAddons.