Elevate your online presence and WordPress website with stunning and free stock photos. When you hear “stock photo,” you may picture those horribly staged photos of corporate meetings, handshakes, and overly enthusiastic actors. While those certainly exist, there are so many excellent (free!) resources out there. In this blog post, we share some of our favorite resources for free stock photos for WordPress.
Copyright, Free Stock Photos, and Best Practices
But first, no post on stock photos would be complete without considering the copyright implications of using other people’s photos. While I am not a lawyer, I have run into a lot of clients who mistakenly believe you can simply copy images from the internet and use them on your site. Additionally, people believe that if you credit the source of the photo, this will protect you. It does not, and if you are doing this on your blog, you should stop and find photos a different way instead.
For further reading and best practices, check out this guide from lifehacker. The best advice I can offer is to use only photos you are confident you have the right to use. With so many stock photo resources, it’s just not worth the risk.
Free Stock Photos
Listed below are some of our favorite resources for high-quality and free stock photos. Don’t forget to resize and compress your images to improve the page speed of your WordPress site, as discussed in an earlier post.