Why this site was created
So, if you've landed here wondering why this site exists at all, I will tell you. It was build because I was frustrated from te official Opencart Marketplace search functionality. But also I wanted to research the competiiton as I am extension developer and I wanted to know how the competition performs.
Broken search functionality
You see, if you search by extension name on the marketplace, there is very limited chance to find it on the first page. I will give you an example. Let's say you heard of a very useful extension called Instant Product Editor (it's mine, of course it's useful, haha). You know the name, but you don't know the exact url. So you open the marketplace and search the following Search for Instant Product Editor, the actual extension which I am interested with is on the first page, but at the very bottom. The search query match exactly the extension name, and it's supposed to be on the top, but no it's somewhere in the search results. It's even worse if you don't know the exact name.
I tried various ways to optimize the positioning, but there was no luck. I think this is because the order of the search was based on the default order "Recently Updated", the problem is - this won't give you adequate results. Better way to do it, is to use order by search score, if it's made full text search. Here is the same example but on extensioncart Search for Instant Product Editor on extensioncart.com. And now you see the difference, right?
Researching the competition
The second reason was that I wanted to know what are the best seller extensions on the marketplace. To do this, you need to have at least all extensions on your disposal. So you could sort them, or split them or monthly intervals, this way it's possible to see how they perform month on month basis.
On the home page you could see how the sales and downloads are performing every month and what is the distribution between commercial and free extensions.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to expose how the others are doing money wise and how much Opencart are taking as commision, even though it's possible to be calculated. The site is meant to "expose" the good extensions to the public as well as provide valuable info for opencart extension developers what is on demand.
Well, even though the site at the moment is quite useful, my plans are to improve it and add more functionalities such as:
- Best performing authors
- New extensions of the month
- Reviews of extensions
If you have any more suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me