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Introducing Plus, the new addition to 500px

Published by Evgeny Tchebotarev · April 10th 2012

By now you probably know about our Awesome accounts with their stylish easy-to-build portfolios, unlimited uploads, custom domain support and more. Now you can have more than just the basics, without upgrading to Awesome; that’s where Plus comes in.

Plus still has all the fantastic features of the basic accounts but we have developed a couple of completely new things you’ll love: Sets and Statistics.

Sets

Sets allow you to group and share your photos. It has the same lovely looking layout as your profile page but now you can create a photo album from your summer holiday, a visit to the autoshow, a friend’s wedding or any other occasion you want to remember. We’ve even added the handy social media buttons and a slideshow making it super easy to share and view your Sets.

For an example of sets, check out my trips to the Canadian International Autoshow 2012 and New York.




Statistics

Statistics give you an insight into what's happening with your photos. See the number of likes and dislikes, faves and comments over a time period you choose. Discover who are your most engaged followers and friends, as well as the photos that proved most popular. It even comes with a clever interactive graph!

It's a great way to learn what people love. With a Plus or Awesome account you can head here to see your stats: http://500px.com/stats



So, that’s all the fantastic features of the basic account as well as Sets and Statistics. Oh and you’ll get unlimited uploads too!

Our Plus account is just $19.95 a year.

Want to experience what it means to be Awesome? Sign up for an account today and get a free 14-day trial.
     

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propellerhead
Jeff Green  over 2 years ago
If we all were only allowed to upload 1 photo a week or even 1 a month, the quality of photos might increase. Although it's pretty incredible so far. Regardless of the plans, I switched from flickr. 500px seems to be the goto spot for this service these days. The iPad app is awesome.
Pratik
Plus Account
Pratik  over 2 years ago
It may not be what 500px is for but inability to mark photos/sets as private keep me from upgrading and using it as my primary photo sharing site.
tchebotarev
500px Team
Evgeny Tchebotarev  about 2 years ago
Pratik, you can now have private and/or password-protected sets.
TeusRenes
Teus Renes  over 2 years ago
500px did and will continue to deliver a platform to show our photo's to the world for free.

But what I really don't like is when I dig in and get used to 500px suddenly all kinds of features are taken away from the free accounts to make headroom for a plus or awesome or whatever account.

That is not how you say thank you to photographers, its the photographers in the first place that make your site worthwhile. You need us as much we need you but why don't you freeze the abilities of the free accounts and build upon that to make your business model profitable instead of downsizing and scaring people away. I guess you get a lot less new accounts in (I'm not counting the mass of people who upload now anything to 500px for 20 dollar)

I think that you will shoot yourself eventually in the foot by proceeding with this, you are now just creating a relatively cheap way to put "all" your snapshots online just like Flickr, the thing that sets you apart from all the other sites is, is the number of stunning shots here, I think this will lead eventually to mediocrity.

I'm a amateur photographer who sometimes shoots a half decent picture that is worth looking at, so limiting the weekly upload won't do me much harm I can live with that, but I really loved the portfolio it was basic but it was sufficient for me but I'm going to loose that in 80 days from now.

Yours sincerely,

mihird
Mihir Dhandha  over 2 years ago
You just decreased limits of free photos to half. That's terrible. People who signed up under 20/week plan, should be on that plan.

You will be driving users away. Not all users can afford to pay for hobby photography showcase.

BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
to add to that reply reffering to oleg gutsol why have the 20 in the first place ???
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
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BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
And what about the photos we already have????it has nothing to do with taking 10 pics a day!
oleggutsol
Awesome Account
Oleg Gutsol  over 2 years ago
We encourage people to upload their best work.
I think if you are taking more than 10 great photos a day you are a amazing photographer :)
allana
Allana Mayer  over 2 years ago
I have to agree. It's just bad business practice to lessen the abilities of free accounts to make your paid accounts more attractive. Even if 20 free photos a week was in some way financially unsustainable, your timing is pretty bad.

Maybe you should hand out some free-trial Plus accounts instead?

larrywilliamson
Awesome Account
Larry Williamson  over 2 years ago
And you guys really need to hire a good system architect, someone who understands how systems should be put together so it feels professional. There is a lot to love about this site, but there is a lot that makes me think no one is "at the helm" so to speak, to ensure everything works just right.

For example. I built a set. Just one, to try it out. Now I think I'll do another. But how? Where is the link on my main page that says "edit portfolios and sets" or some such thing? I find I have to go to my profile then select "Sets" then select a set before I see an "Edit" link. And since this link is in a set, I'd assume it's going to allow me to edit this one set, but instead it lets edit all sets and portfolios. In other words - hard to find and then behaves unexpectedly.

I just get the sense that this has not been really thought through very well.

tchebotarev
500px Team
Evgeny Tchebotarev  over 2 years ago
Hi Larry (again),

We've built Organizer, which is all-in-one solution for all uploading and management. It may seem overwhelming at first, but this way you can easily see and manage all the photos — not going back and forth in small increments from one management system to another. It gives you better control and bigger picture. If in doubt, check the Organizer tour by clicking a link on the left on Organizer page.

larrywilliamson
Awesome Account
Larry Williamson  over 2 years ago
Ah, are you serious that sets and portfolios use the same name space? I cannot have a set called "Portraits" if I have a portfolio section named "Portraits"? Why?
freeatnet
Awesome Account
Arseniy Ivanov  over 2 years ago
Hi Larry,

I personally think that having multiple sets by the same name could get confusing, but if you feel you absolutely need it, you can change the path of a set and create another set with the same name. The system will be happy as long as the URLs are unique.

tchebotarev
500px Team
Evgeny Tchebotarev  over 2 years ago
Hi Larry,

This is intentional. Mainly because you can drag-and-drop between Portfolio collections and Profile sets. This is easier if you have everything setup, or have lots of sets already. This is a unified system, so you can adjust and prepare your sets and move them to the portfolio when you want.

davidhellmann
Plus Account
David Hellmann  over 2 years ago
yo, thats very uncool :(
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
Who gives a damn about statistics??i dont..i read the comments left..this is just a money spinner and i am not happy about this change and reffering to henning nilsen s comment 1 photo a day is plenty is a load of rubbish too!Who from 500px asked any photograhers what they would like to see and what changes they wouild like to have..but no its all about business and filling pockets with money nothing else!Anybody with a brain can see that is to draw the active photographer on 500px to pay!well done!
MrEddy
Mr Eddy (inactive)  over 2 years ago
What are the "dislikes" ? Seen this on an iPhone app, but never seen it on the actual website.
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
Just saw that it IS still there but not when you look at your own profile but when you look at other peoples pictures
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
In my view its useless i can see now its gone so maybe we are rid of it but it was there..as you say it could be used for voting against the photo..100 pulse is what you want so more votes the better..
MrEddy
Mr Eddy (inactive)  over 2 years ago
But, I never seen any dislike button on 500px website. Only on an iphone app... So how can people dislike anything ?
And what's the point of disliking anyway...? Or is it just to avoid a 100 pulse which would make any further vote useless ?
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
when people dislike your photo they click dislike and you loose on the rating of that photo..pretty unfair system as you cannot see who has left it!
wahidrouhli
wahid Rouhli  over 2 years ago
it's not that cool that you made free account upload only 10 pics per week!
HKNphotos
Henning Nilsen  over 2 years ago
That's more than one photo each day. It's plenty.

If you post a shit ton people get sick and doesn't bother looking at them at all. I think it's a good amount.

centvues
Serge K. Keller  over 2 years ago
I have some difficulty in getting the difference between Plus and Awesome. Do Awesome accounts also enjoy the same perks as Plus accounts (my understanding is they do)? And will they enjoy them in the future too?

And although Awesome accounts do get very nice options for a personal photography portfolio/website, will that be the only difference with Plus in the future, or do you have other plans for Awesome?

For now, although I'm still very happy to support 500px with an Awesome account, it looks like this "intermediate" level complicates 500px's offering unneccessarily, and cheapens somewhat the Awesome offering.

Curious to know a bit more (if possible) about the thinking that went behind this.

tchebotarev
500px Team
Evgeny Tchebotarev  over 2 years ago
Awesome accounts are the first to get updates — themes, customizations, and other options.

The difference, is, mainly, in a personal portfolio — under that goes Google Analytics, 18 premium themes (and more to come), SEO customization, own branding, white-labeling, and more.

I use mine a lot, for example — http://iansobolev.com/ — and for every photographer who has ever been to the market of personal web-sites knows that it's the absolutely best value out there. But we also wanted to give a great value to people who love the community and want to be part of it (and already have a separate site, for example).

centvues
Serge K. Keller  over 2 years ago
Oh, of course I forgot about this angle of attack: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2939074/500px-image-hosting-pro-membership

Forgetting about Flickr as a concurrent service is a good sign 500px is doing something right!

cjschris
Chris Southcott  over 2 years ago
Love the new plans. Switching from Flickr as we speak (or as you read this).
By the way, 500px is overall better, but I've had a bit of trouble organising photos in bulk.
Either way, thanks so much for the new plans :)
ChrisChapmanVisuals
Plus Account
Chris Chapman  over 2 years ago
Even though it's in US dollars only currently, is there a way for UK customers to upgrade from free without buying dollars?
ChrisChapmanVisuals
Plus Account
Chris Chapman  over 2 years ago
thanks!
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
Yes paypal convert to the rates that they desire on that day..whichever way you loose out!..unless they change it to pounds!
detula
Awesome Account
Diana Tula  over 2 years ago
You can pay with Paypal or Visa, currency will be automatically converted then :)
philk
Philipp K  over 2 years ago
Is there a way to downgrade from Awesome to Plus?
davidhellmann
Plus Account
David Hellmann  over 2 years ago
here too.
maowillshootyou
Plus Account
Sophie Ouch  over 2 years ago
If there is, I would like to downgrade too.
JohnStokes
John Stokes (inactive)  over 2 years ago
Like it, went from free to plus!
romankphoto
Awesome Account
Roman K  over 2 years ago
Good Direction, like the changes
davidhellmann
Plus Account
David Hellmann  over 2 years ago
Hm 30$ more only for personal portfolios and Custom Domains?
BbmMan
Bbm Man  over 2 years ago
You can get your own server which would cost less and offers plenty of storage too..which makes this place expensive..so why setup a personal website here??i dont get it!
davidhellmann
Plus Account
David Hellmann  over 2 years ago
thats not the point. But i need the personal portfolio not really. the plus account is the better one for me and i save 30$.
tchebotarev
500px Team
Evgeny Tchebotarev  over 2 years ago
David, I see your point, and for just $30 more you get personal web-site, with google analytics support, custom domain, advanced SEO customizations, and more. This is really a build-out site that you can use as a personal presentation tool. For just 2.5$ a month? The only alternative that is viable enough that I've seen will set back a photographer $10/month.
Shawn_T
Shawn Tavassoli  over 2 years ago
Yea kinda agree with you guys. Awesome feels like its missing something. Maybe give us ipad uploads.
maowillshootyou
Plus Account
Sophie Ouch  over 2 years ago
I agree. If I had the option before, I would have only purchased the plus membership instead of the awesome. :(
JohnStokes
John Stokes (inactive)  over 2 years ago
Maybe they should have 20 uploads a week for the plus and unlimited for awesome

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