Mozilla postponed the expected Monday launch of its revamped Firefox add-on website, but plans to fire up the redesign soon.
The site will offer enhanced user-to-user discussion tools and will be available in multiple languages, a Mozilla executive said last week. Most important, however, is that the site will cull the number of supported browser extensions from more than 2,000 to a couple of hundred.
Its debut was delayed by technical problems. A notice posted Wednesday to the Mozilla development blog explained. "We've hit some unforeseen problems...without getting into the details, we're having some issues with the way our infrastructure is caching (or not caching) the new pages. Rather than risk a slow, (and thus, frustrating) user experience at launch, we've decided to iron out the problems with the servers before deployment."
Also Wednesday, Mozilla engineer Justin Fitzhugh said that site downtime scheduled for Thursday tonight would be used to update the add-on section. "We ran into some unexpected code and infrastructure issues with the last release, which have been resolved," Fitzhugh said.
Some Firefox users have already begun worrying about which extensions Mozilla will drop from its public site. In a response, Mozilla's Wil Clouser wrote "We're not deleting any extensions, we're dividing them into a public area and a sandbox area."
Those in the public area of the site will be given a Mozilla stamp of approval — an add-on editor will have approved the extension and security checks will have been run on its code — while add-ons in the "sandbox" will be available for additional user testing and comment.
Mozilla's add-on site can be found here.