Hey 500px users, it’s time to get updated! A bit about myself—I’m Jen Tse
, a Toronto-based photographer, journalist, and media junkie. From now on I’ll be managing the blog and other media updates for 500px as its Media Director. Feel free to get in touch by email
or on Google+
. Things are just getting busier as the site grows and we are excited to roll out more improvements and features than ever.
Expect to hear from us weekly with the latest news from the 500px development team. But that’s not all. We want our blog to become a forum for discussion and a showcase for the talent that makes 500px shine. Our goal is to build an interactive community and to put the spotlight on its best (think exclusive photographer interviews and other goodies). Be sure to check back often, and don’t be shy—leave a comment and tell us what’s on your mind. We always love hearing from you!
What's Happened Over the Last Week
Thanks to our fast-growing and dedicated community, we achieved what we couldn’t even have hoped for—500px.com
passed 4 million visits in the last 30 days. That’s 35 million pageviews and 1.9 million unique visitors. To compare with last month, we had 3.5 million visits. Things are only looking up!
The 500px team welcomes Ruslan Doroshenko as our new Systems Architect. He will be doing back-end work for us, creating high-scalable systems. With his help, we’ll be able to handle many more users and photos. He will be providing more support for future growth.
We’ve redesigned the way our uploader works from the back end. It shouldn’t crash as much anymore. In the worst case scenario, it will be slower than usual, but it is now much more robust and responsive to high volume uploads.
The way our photos are shown has also been redesigned on the back end—no changes from the front end. We’re using less code, so it loads faster. The system will also be more responsive because less resources will be used.
What We’re Working On Right Now
All of the changes we’ve made over the last week and will make in coming weeks have been to prepare the system for increased volume.
We’re now re-factoring our comments sections to make them more compact, more robust, and less challenging for our servers. We will also be re-factoring our email system.
Wrapping up API: soon you will be able to take our API and use it with other applications. Examples of these would be Lightroom integration and Flickr plugins. We’ll be beta testing this internally next week, and hopefully releasing it to select developers the week after (mid-August). Those interested in developing something cool with the API can contact Arseniy Ivanov
As always, we encourage you to contact us with suggestions for improvements to the site, or to determine any potential bugs and fixes. Chat with us on Google+
, or leave a comment below.