We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, especially in the competitive online landscape, where every blogger, business owner, and eCommerce shop is trying to stand out in the crowd.
But with everyone using the same old cheesy stock images on their websites, standing out can be tough. This is especially true if you don’t have any web design experience.
Luckily, there are tons of websites that compile beautiful stock images that can be used on your site to complement your content and encourage site visitors to stay. And the best part is, lots of them are free to use!
If you’re looking for stock images to use on your WordPress website, and aren’t sure where to go, keep reading. We’ve got 22 of the very best stock photo sites listed for you so you don’t have to stress about finding images to publish on your site.
What is a Stock Photo?
A stock photo is 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 are available for anyone to use. They can be used for free in some instances or purchased for a flat fee, depending on where the image is found.
Here are some of the most common conditions that may be linked to an image you want to publish on your website:
- Public Domain: an image that you can copy, modify, or distribute in any way you want, even for commercial purposes, without asking permission or attributing the work to the original creator. In other words, there is no copyright or trademark protecting it.
- Attribution: some images require that you attribute (or give credit to) to the original owner/creator, while still allowing you to copy, modify, or distribute the image how you see fit.
- Personal vs Commercial: there are some images that you are free to use as you want for personal purposes only. If you use it on a commercial website, you could get in trouble for violating the license.
Of course, there’s more to using stock images on your website than is listed above. And while we’ve done our best to identify which license each stock photo site falls under, we always recommend you make sure you’re following the individual image use terms before adding them to your website.
So, let’s take a look at where you can get stunning stock images for your website.
StockSnap.io has thousands of beautiful, high-quality stock photos for all your website needs. There’s an easy to use search function so finding the right type of image for your project is a cinch.
This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WPKube.