ChromeExtensions.org: sincerely flattering

As a kid, I was pretty good at the comics where two pictures were placed side-by-side and you were tasked with figuring out the slight differences between them. I came across ChromeExtensions.org today, a website for Google Chrome browser extensions that isn’t officially connected with Google. I noticed quite a few similarities between this site and a site I’ve worked on for a few years, addons.mozilla.org. I really do take it as a compliment that they liked our site enough to copy so much of it, but in the interest of fun, I’ll try to identify as many coincidences as I can.

Homepage Promo Box

Perhaps the most obvious similarity is the promotion box at the top of the page with 3 extensions in each panel that rotates between tabs at the bottom. On AMO, this box is powered by featured collections of add-ons, but ChromeExtensions.org uses normal categories. Amusingly, their version of the “Like these?” text underneath still references collections although they don’t support collections (yet?).

Screenshot of AMO Homepage Promo box
Screenshot of ChromeExtensions.org Promo box

Category Names

Many of their categories are lifted right from AMO, like “Alerts & Updates” and “Social & Communication”. Others were combined, or words re-arranged.

Screenshot of AMO CategoriesScreenshot of ChromeExtensions.org Categories

Homepage Browse Tabs and Add-on Browse Layout

In addition to the same sort/filter tabs, the layout of the add-on’s icon, name, author, and install button is pretty familiar.

Screenshot of AMO Homepage Browse section
Screenshot of ChromeExtensions.org Homepage Browse section

Add-on Metadata

Screenshot of AMO Add-on MetadataScreenshot of ChromeExtensions.org Add-on Metadata

User Profiles

Screenshot of AMO User Profile
Screenshot of ChromeExtensions.org User Profile

Collections Logo

I especially like that their icon is named “collections.gif”.
Screenshot of AMO collections logoScreenshot of ChromeExtensions.org collections logo

Footer

Screenshot of AMO Footer
Screenshot of ChromeExtensions.org Footer

ChromeExtensions.org, if you have any questions on implementing anything, we have our weekly AMO meetings on Wednesdays at 10am.