Good article. I found it whilst googling to find out the benefits of other photo-sharing sites besides Flickr – an account for which, I’ve had since 2012. However I am now finding it a bit limiting in its features for my needs (for example no password protected galleries). I’ve used a Pro Smugmug with a custom domain as a ‘website’ for 2 years now, but find it limiting as a ‘community’- plus am looking to cut out the cost. People and magazine reviews, tell me 500px is the best, but like you, am intimidated by the top-end images on there. Out of my league’ as you describe it. Describes my reaction as well! However, spurred on by your post – I think I’ll give 500px a go. Instagram (as a non iPhone user doesn’t [imagine that!] interest me), pInterest isn’t for ‘photographers’ etc. Thanks