Distributing Products Built for Chrome
On Chrome, you can build and distribute the following kinds of products:
|Websites||With just an extra bit of metadata, you can integrate your website into the Chrome browser, making your content more accessible to users.|
|Extensions||Extensions are small browser add-ons that add new and useful features to Chrome.|
|Chrome Apps||Chrome apps are designed specifically for Chrome and only work in the Chrome browser. They allow you to take advantage of cutting-edge technology that is not available to traditional websites.|
|Themes||Themes change the way the Chrome browser looks, adding style to your users’ browsing experience.|
While the Chrome Web Store is the primary hub for distributing Chrome products, several other distribution options are available.
|Chrome Web Store||The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where users can browse for Chrome-integrated websites, Chrome apps, extensions, and themes. The store helps users find, purchase, and install your content in the Chrome browser.
Note: Chrome supports Native Client (NaCl) and Portable Native Client (PNaCl) technologies. Products using NaCl must be distributed through the Chrome Web Store.
|External Installation||In certain cases, you might want your product to be installed automatically. External installation allows you to do this.|
|Mobile||For mobile users, you can easily convert your products into native apps for Android and iOS using Apache Cordova.|
The Chrome platform supports a variety of payment systems and monetization models. Chrome Web Store Payments powered by Google Wallet for Digital Goods is especially well-integrated with the store. Alternatively, you are free to choose whichever payment service provider you prefer.
The following table covers a few ways to monetize your product.
|Freemium||A free trial version of your product that prompts users for payment to unlock advanced features or regain access after a time-limit.|
|One-time Payment||Users buy your product by providing a one-time payment upfront.
Note: This is the only monetization option for themes.
|Subscription||Users purchase access to your product on a subscription basis.|
|Custom||You are free to implement a custom model that works best for you. For in-app payments, consider using the Chrome Web Store API.|
Note: Chrome Web Store payment methods are not available for websites.