Some changes are in motion over on the Marketplaces, and I’m here to give you a sneak peek at what’s to come! We can’t reveal all the details yet, but here’s what we can tell you.
In the next week or so we will be changing the way that sign-in, sign-up and other features related to your account works across all Envato Marketplaces, moving to a separate, centralised website. In other words, we’ve got single sign-on!
When you click the “sign in” button on the Marketplaces, you’ll be sent to the new website, with a new design that looks quite different to the existing sites. Your existing username and password will continue to work as expected, and you’ll be sent back to the right Marketplace after successfully signing in. Here’s a screenshot to give you an idea of what it’ll look like.
Why single sign-on?
Envato operates a bunch of websites and we love building new ones. Moving to a centralised website for sign-in and account management means we can offer a shared login for other Envato websites in the future. (In fact, we’ve got something new coming very soon so watch this space!) Less usernames and passwords to remember, less places to type them in.
This is also part of our continued improvement in the architecture of the Marketplaces, where we have been extracting core functionality into separate services. These services can be independently scaled, monitored, deployed and managed etc. These kinds of structural changes benefit everyone and are really important as Envato and the Marketplaces continue to grow.
While we were here…
We also took this opportunity to add some much-needed improvements, including:
- Secure login over SSL
- Improved cross-site sign-in—if you’re signed in to ThemeForest, you’re also signed into the other Marketplaces
- Cross-site sign-out—if you sign-out of ThemeForest, you’re also signed out of the other Marketplaces
What to expect
Minimal downtime is expected during the upgrade, similar to our normal deployment downtime of around two minutes. Your existing username and password will continue to work, but you will need to sign-in again after the upgrade. We put a lot of effort into avoiding interruptions like this, but it’s not always possible.
On launch we’ll have another post up, as well as information on the forums and support staff and developers at the ready to field any questions you might have.