As you know, there is no business without a website nowadays. But if your business is still only brick-and-mortar, you need to get yourself an online representation as fast as you can! In this day and age, a user-friendly, high-quality website is a visit card and a great selling instrument for any company. No less compelling is the content that the site contains. It should be appropriate, informative, and memorable. One of the most popular instruments for managing the content of websites is WordPress. Although, if you want your platform to be attractive and popular with users, you need to get high-grade images for your content’s enhancement. Of course, you can search just on the Internet, but there are two problems with it. Firstly, it will be hard to find something worthy of your attention. Secondly, you may get yourself in trouble with author rights on the images. So, where can you find excellent free images for WordPress? Let’s look into this question together!
Unsplash is a photobank that offers you a great variety of images made by different photographers. Here you can find various categories of photos like Nature, Arts&Culture, Interiors, Business&Work, and so on, which makes your searching much more comfortable. Pictures look very professional and creative, deserving of a place in the most fashionable magazines. Moreover, for your comfort, they have created a convenient mobile application that will make everything even quicker.
Pixabay is a friendly service with a very stylish user interface that offers you more than 1.8 million free photos and videos from numerous users. What is convenient is that you can filter photos by category, orientation, size, and color. However, there are a few negative aspects: photos often look old-fashioned and sometimes they are not of very high quality. Nevertheless, among such a vast quantity of images, you will definitely find something you like
Pexels is another resource where you can find numerous photos and videos which you can use for free. The majority of photos available there are stylish and modern so that you can refresh your content without any great effort. In this photo and video digital library you will find images on various topics: nature, art, food, animals, fashion, adventures, studying, and so on. “If you use photos from Pexels, you do not need to indicate a backlink for source, photograph, and the resource itself. You can also edit photos and videos taken from this resource in any way you like,” shares Ben Grant, a marketing manager from Adsy professional link building service.
If you have a food blog, restaurant, café, tea-room, a food delivery service, or you are just a food enthusiast, you should refer to FoodiesFeed. It is a unique resource that offers you thousands of tasty photos with food. You can find any images related to food: from pizza to cannelloni, ice-cream, or exotic mixes. You can also choose different languages on their website. Moreover, all photos are of high quality. But there is only one warning before visiting their website. It is forbidden to be hungry when you look at those photos because you can forget about work and run to the nearest restaurant!
New Old Stock
New Old Stock is an interesting stock that definitely deserves your attention since it has a lot of vintage photos from public archives to offer. This resource has a collection of authentic archive photos which you can use free of charge. You will find old pictures of cities, nature, workers, historical events, architecture and so on. We are sure that using such images would give an eye-catching twist to your site. However, the quantity of some images there leaves much to be desired (well, they are vintage).
Gratisography is definitely a valuable resource for those who appreciate an individual approach and creativity. It is a collection of images made by progressive photographer Ryan McGuire. You will not find ordinary photos with ordinary plots here; gratisography is a place for unique content. Photos there can also boast of perfect quality. Every week new photos are added to the website, and if you want to be among the first to know, you can subscribe and get notifications every time there are any content updates. If you use photos from Gratisography, you are not obliged to indicate the resource of their origin, but we believe it should be done at least as a courtesy to the author.
Negative Space is one more platform with fascinating photos for your website. The useful thing about this photobank is that the navigation on this resource is very simple and handy. The categories are concise and easy to scan: you may find anything from nature or design to city landscapes and travel photography. In addition, for user convenience, an option of tagging, as well as the search by color, are available. An interesting feature of this platform is that any professional or beginner photographer can share their work. Thus, there is a constant flow of new images everyday. Using pictures from this stock you should be careful and check the copyright protection options.
The number of images on Pikwizard is just impressive. Moreover, images are divided into the biggest amount of categories we have ever seen. You will find a vast collection with pictures on such topics as, for instance, butterflies, basketball, Christmas, Dubai Skyline, and so on. The quality of the photos is just splendid. You have a right to edit the images you have chosen, and Pikwizard gives a link to an excellent online editor. You will have to pay for some instruments, luckily, they are not very pricey. The owners of photos usually have two kinds of licenses there. One of them is CC0 and means that a photo creator has refused his rights on this image. And the other type is a Free license, and it means that an owner of the image still has a copyright on it but lets customers use their photos for free.
Burst is a platform made by Shopify, which is created especially for business and any other commercial use. Except for photos, they also encourage people to do business by giving useful tips, sharing valuable information, for example, about business models, and giving ready-made images for their users’ personal resources. Photos there are also divided into various categories like animals, family-related, finances, architecture, and many others so that the search will be quick and easy.
A bonus idea of where to get a photo – just Google for “download raw”, thereby you will find tens of hundreds of high-quality fashion photos that you can retouch as you wish (all photo stocks provide already retouched photos). This idea was given to us by a blogger from photoretouchingservices.net.
What you need to know to find great photos
– Always pay attention to the quality and resolution of pictures. It does not necessarily mean that you should look for the images with the biggest resolution because you will not always need them. So, don’t waste your time looking for exclusively high-quality visuals, but rather first decide what resolution fits your needs (and is supported by the targeted platform).
– Choose creative photos because there is a significant number of similar content which you will see throughout the sites of your competitors. Of course, it is hard to find something worthy among free content. But anyway, those who seek shall find.
– Some of the above-mentioned resources have made the search for a perfect visual even easier – by adding the option of tagging. Try it!
All in all, you see that finding high-resolution images free of charge, especially, for commercial use is really not that simple. However, with our list of superb online libraries of photo and video content you will be able to refresh and jazz up your site with attractive visuals and not spend a dime. Nevertheless, you should be attentive to the rules of using photos on different resources: some of them do not take money for content, but have strict copyright rules or require the source indicated.
Marie Barnes is a Marketing Communication Manager. She also does some photo retouching work at Photza. She is an enthusiastic blogger interested in writing about technology, social media, work, travel, lifestyle, and current affairs.