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Leveraging the Liferay Marketplace

Liferay Marketplace is an exciting new hub for sharing, browsing and downloading Liferay-compatible applications. As enterprises look for ways to build and enhance their existing platforms, developers and software vendors are searching for new avenues to reach this market. Marketplace leverages the entire Liferay ecosystem to release and share apps in a user-friendly, one-stop site.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Users, Companies, and Apps

  • Accessing Liferay Marketplace

  • Finding, Downloading, and Installing Apps

  • Managing Apps

  • Plugins and Plugin Management

  • Portlets, Themes, Layout Templates, Hooks, and Web Plugins

  • Installing Plugins from Repositories

  • Installing Plugins Manually

  • Plugin Troubleshooting and Configuration Issues

In a nutshell, the Liferay Marketplace is a repository for applications built on the Liferay Platform. You can find and download applications directly from the Marketplace on the web or use an existing Liferay installation to access and install applications onto the running Liferay web site. Once installed, you can manage the applications through Liferay’s control panel.

Marketplace Concepts: Users, Companies and Apps

Anyone can browse the apps available on Liferay Marketplace at http://liferay.com/marketplace but a liferay.com user account is required for purchasing and downloading apps, whether from the...

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Accessing the Liferay Marketplace

There are two ways to access the Marketplace. Via the website–Using your favorite browser, you can navigate to the marketplace at http://liferay.com/marketplace. Via Liferay–If you have a site up...

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Finding Apps

There are several ways to search for and find apps you are interested in. Browsing Categories. Click on a category (for example, Communication or Productivity) to see a list of interesting apps in...

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Downloading and Installing Apps

Once you’ve found an app you wish to download and use, click on the name of the app to display its detailed information screen. Figure 13.10: Detailed App Information On this screen, there are a...

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Creating and Uploading Apps

Creating apps for the Liferay Marketplace is very easy and intuitive. To find out more information about creating your own Liferay apps, visit the Liferay Marketplace Developer Guide and get...

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Plugin Management

One of the primary ways of extending the functionality of Liferay Portal is by the use of plugins. Plugin is an umbrella term for installable portlet, theme, layout template, hook, Ext and web...

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Summary

In this chapter, we introduced Liferay Marketplace, your one-stop shop for browsing and downloading Liferay-compatible applications. We looked at how to browse, purchase, download, and install...

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