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02 May Best Free Stock Photo Providers For Your WordPress Site

As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words especially in a very competitive internet world. This is especially true if you’re a blog or e-commerce site. There is literally millions of competition and everybody is finding a way to stand out.

However, using cheesy stock photos is not a good way to get noticed. Luckily, there are also many websites that offer stock images that can be used on your site to complement the content. The best part is that many of them are free to use.

What Is A Stock Photo?

A stock photo is basically a professional photograph of a place, landmark, event, person, animal, or nature that can be used on personal or commercial websites.

Stock images are not unique and anybody can use them. They can be used for free but in some cases you need to purchase them. Pictures have their own licenses and terms of use.

Here are some of the most common license types for stock photos:

 

  • ·         Public Doman photos are images that can be copied, modified or distributed in any way you want including for commercial purposes without attribution or asking permission from the original creator. It means that there is no copyright or trademark protecting it.
  • ·         Attribution means that the creator is requiring you to give credit to him/her while allowing you to copy modify or distribute the image.
  • ·         Personal vs Commercial are images that are free to use for personal use only. You can get in trouble for violating the license if used in a commercial website.

Here are some of the best places where you can get amazing stock photos for your website.

 

StockSnap.io

 

 

License Type: Public Domain (no attribution)

This site is full of beautiful high quality stock photos. The search function is easy to use so you can find the images you need quickly and easily. If you’re looking for images that are popular you can easily check out the image’s views and likes.

StockSnap is constantly adding new photos to their stock so you will always have access to fresh images.

 

 Negative Space

 

License Type: Public Domain (no attribution)

You can find tons of photos for commercial and personal use in Negative Space. Use their image tags, search function and even sort based on colour scheme. It is also possible to search using categories such as sport, food, and nature. Best of all new images can be sent directly to your inbox by singing up on their email list.

 

Pixabay

 

 

License Type: Public Domain (no attribution)

Pick from over 1.6 million images on Pixabay. New ones are added all the time but don’t worry because there’s the interface is easy to use and navigate. You can also filter images based on photographs, vectors, and illustrations. Need video content? Pixabay has that too.

 

Pexels

 

 

License Type: Public Domain (no attribution)

Use Pexel’s search bar to look for high quality stock photos. This site also has hundreds of thousands of photos and more are added daily. They are great as a resource for people who are looking for an easy way to create products, designs, stories, websites, apps and art.

 

Kaboompics

 

 

License Type: Free to use and modify (no attribution) with limitations (no selling or redistribution)

If you need lifestyle, interior design, and blogging photos, Kaboompics has it for you. With over thousands of stock photos, they also have categories for technology, animals, food and drink that can be used for personal or commercial reasons. Searching is easy because you can filter for colour, category, orientation, and even mode.

Have you tried using any of these sites? Do you have a free photo site you want to recommend? Tell us by leaving your comments below.

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