Last week we wrote about open source enterprise portal provider Liferay quietly launching a new app store, Liferay Marketplace. It seems the company has decided to make things official. Liferay has formally announced Liferay Marketplace to the world.
Spruce Up Your Portal
App stores, once only a concept in the consumer space, are also increasingly becoming a fixture in the enterprise. Everyone from Microsoft and Cisco to Alfresco has created a solution for customers to find and acquire platform extensions with the same one-click simplicity users have grown accustomed to on their phones and tablets. Liferay is one of the latest companies to embrace the app store concept.
The company has formally announced the public launch of its Liferay Marketplace. The new site already includes dozens of apps, themes and templates that help customers extend or “pretty up” their Liferay implementations. Currently, the app store supports browsing apps by category or searching using a keyword.
Liferay’s new app store isn’t just about the customers. It’s also an opportunity for software vendors and developers to showcase and sell functionality they’ve developed for the portal. Apps must work with Liferay 6.1 or later, and Liferay performs the following validations on the components before making them available to customers:
- Run basic anti-virus checks
- Ensure titles, descriptions, images and etc. are appropriate
- Basic functionality check (e.g. deployment test)
Although Liferay performs some limited malware testing, there is no guarantee that add-ons will be malware free or adhere to specific security standards. However, this issue isn’t unique to Liferay’s app store. Organizations should always validate apps function as expected in their environment and don’t introduce any security issues.
Getting Additional Details
The consolidation of extensions should make it easier for Liferay customers to find and add portal functionality. Liferay Marketplace is live now. Liferay has already partnered with several software vendors like Alfresco and SalsaDev to provide apps.