Outstanding. Beautiful. Insanely Inspirational. 500px Launches Redesigned Portfolios to Stellar Community Reviews
We’re excited to announce that our completely redesigned Photo Portfolios are now available for all 500px members today. With 500px serving over a billion page views per month, 500px Portfolios give photographers an opportunity to get discovered and showcase their work to a large, global audience that’s passionate about the highest quality photos: the 500px community.
For the past several weeks, we’ve had over 1000 users beta testing the features and we’ve incorporated their feedback into the product. The overwhelming response is that the new Portfolio has exceeded their expectations.
"One of the first things I noticed is how beautiful it is," says photographer, author and digital media expert Scott Bourne. "I set up and customized my site effortlessly. The Portfolio redesign really makes your photos pop."
"Being able to completely personalize 500px Portfolios is an outstanding new feature,” says photographer and author Nicole S. Young. “I'm really excited about the direction 500px is headed.”
"The best just keeps getting better,” says photographer and Education Director for NAPP Matt Kloskowski. “500px's new Portfolios have taken an insanely inspirational website and made it a one-stop shop for finding, sharing and showing off beautiful photos."
“We want to thank the members of our community who participated in the beta version and shared their thoughts and ideas,” says Evgeny Tchebotarev, COO, 500px. “You helped us refine our UX and take it to the next level.”
The Portfolio redesign is based on three principles: It’s Easy to Use, Beautiful and Unique.
Photographers can now create a custom personal website on 500px with its own URL, tabs, pages and zero maintenance or incremental hosting fees. They can express their vision and style by:
- Setting up and customizing their Portfolio page in just a few minutes, seamlessly updating their photo collection as it grows.
- Showcasing photos in beautiful, minimal layouts with many options for sharing and interaction.
- Developing their own look and feel to the page design and access to additional features, such as complete CSS customization (for the brave).
We’re also increasing upload capacity for all accounts. Free accounts will now be able to upload 20 photos per week, while Plus and Awesome accounts will accept larger size of photos, up to 100Mb per file, and as always have unlimited uploads.
Over the next couple of months, we’re rolling out even more features including custom pages, full integration for Stores/ecommerce, blogs and localization.
“This is the beginning of the next phase of our platform,” says Evgeny. “500px is rolling out a lot of new features over the next few months and continually working towards being the best place to get photos and photographers discovered. We have some exciting products in the pipeline.”
For more information about Portfolios and how photographers can get the most out of its features, take a look at the Google+ Hangout video Q&A 500px developers held with users.