Where To Find Free Website Pictures – 29 Awesome Sites

Where To Find Free Website Pictures – 29 Awesome Sites

Where to find free website pictures

Free – Source Pixabay, HypnoArt

Once your website is up and running, you will be looking for content to help flesh out your website.  Today, many website visitors are looking for websites that not only have wonderful content and quality information (ideally for free), but also that has some photo’s or videos to make it visually appealing. This article is all about my top tips on where to find free website pictures – 29 awesome sites.

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There are many website that offer free photos, some are totally free and others need different levels of author acknowledgement before they are free.

Video Tutorial on How to Find and Add Images To Your Website, Source Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle

Video Tutorial on How to Find and Add Images To Your Website, Source Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle

If you would like to jump to how to upload photo’s (graphics) to your website, please click the link to see a 18 minute instructional video on “How to Find and Upload Images To Your Website click here.

 

 

 

 

 


What To Look For In Free Graphics

If you want free images, Creative Commons Zero license is important.

Screenshot of how Pixabay displays Creative Commons Zero

The words that you are looking for are Creative Commons Zero (CCo) followed by Free for commercial use, No attribution required.  It is also wise to check the websites Terms and Conditions of Service.  What you are looking for is information regarding liability/indemnification. This will help you a lot.

Please note that Website owners reserve the right to change the Terms and Conditions of websites at anytime.  Because of this, this information is only current at the time of publishing and you should double check each websites Terms and Conditions prior to downloading photo’s.

As a website owner, it is YOUR responsibility to check.

The problem with only relying on solely on CCo.

The danger is that the photos MAY have been stolen from a paid source and then uploaded to a second website and attributed a “CCo, Free for Commercial Use” grading.  Unfortunatly you can never be 100% certain they are “clean and free” images.  The closest you can come is to go to the website’s Terms of Service and see if they are prepared to fund any legal challenge that arises from using illegally uploaded images forward onto unsuspecting third parties.  Very few are.  Eeeke!!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. This is not to be taken as legal advice. It is simply a warning of what could potentially happen, and is based solely on personal research.


My Favourite Websites for Photo’s

The WikiCommons logo is a great source of free images.

WikiCommons Logo, Source WikiCommons, Pumbaa

WikiCommons

WikiCommons is part of the Wikipedia Family of websites.  Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone.

This is great because lots and lots of common everyday items are stored within this file database.  Please remember to be respectful of other people’s work and attribute the author properly.

 

 

This Dandelion Close Up is a free image

Dandelion Close Up, Source WikiCommons, Djngsf

For example in this Dandelion photo that I have selected, when you go to download the file, simply click on the icon saying “You need to attribute the author,

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot - WikiCommons - Dandelion Photo

Screenshot – WikiCommons – Dandelion Photo

Screenshot - Dandelion Author Attribute - Source WikiCommons, Djngsf

Screenshot – Dandelion Author Attribute – Source WikiCommons, Djngsf

Show me how”  The dialogue box will expand and you can see the author clearly labelled.  You can now attribute the work accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pixabay is a great source of free images

Pixabay

Screenshot of Pixabay CC0 License Information

Screenshot of Pixabay CC0 License Information

I use Pixabay a lot.  In fact most of the images on this website are from Pixabay.   What I look for is CC0 or Creative Commons Zero.  Sometimes you don’t even need to attribute the author.

Personally I like to attribute the author and provide a link back to Pixabay.  I really like giving credit where credit it due!  I think it’s very respectful.

 

 

 

Shutterstock images are not free images

Screenshot from Pixabay of an example of suggested pictures to purchase via Shutterstock

Some photo’s on Pixabay are available for a small free.  They are clearly marked by a Watermark across the photo.  They usually say the word “Shutterstock”.  If you click on the photo you will follow the link through to Shutterstock where you can purchase the photo.

Please remember to read the Shutterstock Terms of Service regarding photo usage because Shutterstock are different to Pixabay.

 

 

 


Pexels

Another good one is Pexels.  It operates in a fairly similar way to Pixabay.  Please remember to read the Terms and Conditions before downloading photo’s.  I am starting to use this website more and more.  This is because in my niche I have gone to my favourite “go-to” free photo repositories and I have used up lots of different free photos.  In order to keep things “fresh and interesting” for my audience, I constantly look to get new photo’s from different Creative Common Zero sources.

It’s best to click on individual photo’s and see their copy write status prior to downloading.

Pexels are also a great source of free images.

Screenshot of Pexels Home Page, Source Pexels


Unsplash

A third one for you to try is Unsplash.  I personally haven’t used it yet, so why don’t you give it a try and let me know how you go.  Please feel free to leave any comments, hints and suggestions for other users in the comments section below.

Unsplash is a great source of free images

Screenshot Unsplash Home Page, Source Unsplash


Wealthy Affiliate members have great ideas for CURRENT sources of free images

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Niche Based Royalty Free Photo’s

If you are looking for some royalty free photo’s in single niches. Here is a list of suggested websites which might help you out.

This list was complied by a Wealthy Affiliate Member – WAIAN.  Please feel free to have a look and let me know what your thoughts are regarding these websites.  The list is not “ranked” in any way.  Please feel free to take a look and see which ones would be good for your website.

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Was this article on where to find free website pictures – 29 Awesome Sites helpful? Do you have any favourite website where you find free website pictures?  Is that website listed here?  Do you know any other websites that are great for our readers to be aware of that we haven’t listed here?  I always enjoy hearing about new photo websites. This information really does help a lot of people.  If you have any comments, hints or suggestions in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “Where To Find Free Website Pictures – 29 Awesome Sites”

  1. Thank you! This is what I’ve been looking for, for my websites. Up until now, I’ve been using pixabay. I don’t think it’s bad. I’ve found quite a few good photos from pixabay.

    Sometimes though, I notice Pixabay has photos with watermarks. *ugh*

    How do you find sites like this anyway?

    1. Hi Marco,

      Thank you for dropping by our website, I really appreciate that.  Yes, I can certainly understand that as your website fills out with more and more content, it’s great to know about some fresh sources of photo’s.  I hope that these photo’s can help you out.

      Another thing that might interest your audience is a product review rating system.  I have written a post about one called WP Product Review.  Please feel free to take a look at WordPress Plug In Product Review – WP Review

      Thanks again for stopping by

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