We started the new 500px.com just over a year go, on the eve of Halloween night. A year has passed, and we have changed few designs, added tons of features, and changed the way you showcase your photos. Now, when we are celebrating the achievement of a major milestone — 500,000 unique visitors per month (and more than 20,000 amazing users), we would like to introduce the new way to present your photos.
Fast forward today, and on the anniversary we have launched the Portfolios. Portfolios are the best way to show your photos. This is our major product, and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Portfolios are be available free, but all the best bits are coming with our premium accounts, appropriately called "Awesome". You'll love it. First what you'll experience is gorgeous designs. Check out for example my portfolio
But there's more: First of all, we support custom domains. Meaning that you'll be able to map your domain name, e.g. example.com
, to your portfolio. It's a very easy and quick process.
All the portfolios look and feel great on an Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad. It is built with 0% Adobe Flash, so you'll be able to show them on any mobile device with elegance. No more excuses not to show your portfolio to clients! We have optimized all portfolios for best SEO, or search engine optimization. Your portfolio will be indexed by all search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo!, so you will get more business.
Of course, if you are an awesome client, there'll be no ads. And if you want to go completely stealth, you'll have a chance to remove a small 500px logo from your portfolio as well.
There's a lot more features — including customized pages for pricing information or anything else you want to share with your clients, full-size image RSS, and Google Analytics for tracking down every single click. And if you are having problems, the support is at your convenience — just email as at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll try to solve your problem quickly.
Behind the Scenes
Now you know what your clients will see. What about the other side?
We have build the best portfolio management tools that you have ever used. You can create collections — rename them, change URL's, change their order. There's no limit on number of photos or number of collections — your creativity is the key.
With collections, you can select any photos that you have already uploaded, or upload directly to that collection. There's no limits. And you can drag and drop photos, move or remove them with a simple gesture.
Feel free to write about yourself — there's a perfect place for your famed biography. Choose to show your email, phone or contact information. Or go completely "Banksy"-stealth and leave only a feedback form (or not).
Portfolios are available now for everyone, and it is very easy to get started — click on Portfolio
link in the menu bar on the top right. Create your first collection. Click on the name of your collection to add photos to that collection. Choose layout
, write about yourself
, and choose what information to display
. When you are done, click "View Portfolio" on the right to see how it looks like. Piece of cake! Mmm, cake!
The Best Part
What's the cost? Just an extra-hot-extra-foam-triple-shot-venti-vanilla-latte per month. You'll love it!