Looking for free WordPress stock photos? Your seemingly endless search is now over.
Unlike the late 90s, websites cannot survive without images these days. Pictures are used to capture the reader’s attention and provide greater detail to your articles.
Unfortunately, searching for images can be a hassle for various reasons. First, you typically have to go out there and download the picture of choice to your computer, then manually upload it to your WordPress blog and insert them into your article. Can you imagine doing this if you post new articles regularly? Let’s face it: It’s a pain and it makes publishing a drag.
Then there’s the legalities of using potentially copyrighted or infringing material. The last thing you need is for someone to go after you merely for using an image you “borrowed” without permission or proper licensing. While the Fair Use doctrine may allow you to get away with this under certain circumstances, it’s always best to stick to royalty-free material whenever you can.
The following WordPress plugins take care of such issues and can make your publishing experience extremely pleasant. These stock photo WordPress plugins allow you to search for free images directly from your dashboard and insert them straight into your post in a matter of seconds. That’s right: No more external searching, no more downloading to your hard drive, and no more uploading them manually.
1. Free Stock Photo Foter
Search for and insert creative commons images into your WordPress posts. Attribution is assigned automatically to save you more time.
Download and install Free Stock Photo Foter by clicking here.
2. Flickr Pick a Picture
As the title suggests, this plugin lets you search for Flickr images (creative commons) and then insert them directly into the post. Attribution is also automatically inserted. You can set the amount of image results displayed and preview each photo before selecting them.
Download and install the plugin, at which point a small camera icon appears inside of your WordPress post editor.
3. Pixabay Images
Wonderful plugin that searches for public domain images directly from your WordPress dashboard. You can select to search for conventional photos, clipart, and/or choose whether to use landscape or portrait images. All in all, Pixabay Images is a nice stock photo WordPress plugin that no bl0gger should live without.
Get Pixabay Images from the WordPress plugin repository.
The plugin developers claim to have over 240 million creative commons images, which could make your article posting experience a delight. Additionally, PhotoDropper can also search for premium images in the event you feel like adding a more professional touch to your articles.
Note: As of July 2014, PhotoDropper appears to be broken (according to some users.) Others report the plugin to be working fine, so try it for yourself as this could largely depend on your website’s configuration.
Get the PhotoDropper plugin here.
Compfight is yet another creative commons picture finder. It obtains images from Flickr and they are not downloaded to your computer or server. This means that your chosen image could potentially disappear if its author removes it from the website someday.
Download and install Compfight here.
6. Picture Finder
Relatively simple, but functional plugin that searches for images on Flicker. It also handles attribution nicely.
Install Picture Finder just like any of the above plugins to start using it immediately.
You can never have enough stock photo plugins, as some of them couls suddenly stop working overnight. Now you have absolutely no excuses for not finding that perfect image and inserting it into your WordPress article.
Happy picture hunting!