Photo stock

Bigstock is fast, easy-to-use marketplace for quality stock images. It offers over 37 million royalty-free photographs and illustrations from talented photographers and artists around the globe, available for almost any purpose.


Way back in in 2004, our client Tim Donahue came up with an idea for an online royalty free, international microstock photography website selling images via a credit-based system. The goal was to create a successful stock photo site able to compete with the already existing iStock. In order to achieve this, Tim chose SoftBistro as the reliable technology partner to help develop BigStockPhoto from scratch, concept to production.


After setting up the goal and we received carte blanche to make it happen. Our team accepted it enthusiastically and started with identifying the challenges to be solved:

  • Selecting the right technologies;
  • Accelerating Search Engine;
  • Ensuring good User Experience;
  • Granting user rights and permissions;


  • PHP4
  • MySQL
  • JavaScript
  • SMARTY template engine
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