Considering new extensions - what to look out for

If you are considering installing an extension, there are some sensible steps worth taking before making a final commitment to put it forward. Most of these markers are available from the extension page itself.

  • Popularity - does the extension have a score of 50+ ?
  • Reviews - Does the extension have more than 5 reviews ?
  • Platform support - does it definitely advertise support for your version of Magento ?
  • Release notes - can you see some realistic attempt to revise, enhance, fix bugs ? 
  • Age - Has the extension been available for 3+ months ?
  • Vendor - Is the extension provided by a Vendor you are aware of ?

If you have managed to answer YES to 4 or more of the above questions then it would be a candidate for Dev server installation and testing.

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