Websites need images. Unless you are adopting a minimal approach, your website features a lot of images too. Using large, high-quality images has become an established trend of the web designing industry.
While it is easy to say that we need images for our websites, it is not that easy to find the appropriate images. Unless you are using images illegally, without getting permission from the owner (you aren’t doing that, right?), you have to spend a considerable amount of time in finding out the perfect image for your latest blog post. Using Creative Commons Images could be a life-saver for you in these cases.
A Quick Introduction to Creative Commons
Creative Commons is the most popular way of sharing your creative work or knowledge in the legal way. The free copyrights license of Creative Commons lets you share and use these works in a simple way. The Creative Commons license does not replace your original copyrights, but it updates the terms and condition of the copyright so that other people can legally take benefit of your work.
For example, let’s consider you have shot a photo. Now, according to the standard copyright provisions, other people will need your permission to use this photo in their blog posts or anywhere else.While the copyright is crucial for preserving professional works, most people don’t mind sharing some of their creative works. Licensing those works with Creative Commons allows them to do so.
As a result, using Creative Commons images has become the most common and hassle-free way for websites. And guess what, you don’t have to go to the various websites that store such images. There are lots of free WordPress plugins available which lets you search and include Creative Commons images right from your post editor. In today’s post, we will discuss the six best free Creative Commons images plugins for WordPress.
PhotoDropper is a very popular WordPress plugin for finding free photos. With this plugin, you will be able to find the perfect free image for your blog post within minutes. After installing and activating the plugin, go to the new post editor and click the new balloon icon right on the ‘Add Media’ button. At this point, you will be provided with a welcome screen like this –
If your website is a business, e-commerce site or makes money from internet in any other way, then select ‘Yes’ for the first question. This is required to filter the images correctly. Then, provide your email address if you want to receive updates about the plugin. Lastly, select ‘Yes’ for the ‘Legal Stuff’. Now, you will be taken to the main photo finder window. Make a search for your required image. It is possible to filter the search results by time and relevancy. Once you have found the image, you want to use, click on it.
Click ‘Insert into Post’. This will download and save the image in your media library. By default, the photo details will be shown at the bottom of the post. You can change the location from ‘Photo Attribution Location’ section of the post editor.
2. Free Stock Photos Foter
Foter provides a fast and simple way of including free Creative Commons images in your blog posts. The plugin stores free images from several sources and makes them available to the users. In order to use this plugin, install and activate it in your WordPress website. Then, go to the new post editor. There, you will find a new button titled ‘ADD PHOTO’ right after the ‘Add Media’ button. Clicking on that button will open a pop-up like the following –
Provide your keyword in the ‘Search for photos’ field and click ‘Search Photos’. Alternatively, you can click on any of the categories listed below the search field. In the next screen, you will be provided with the search results. If you want to use any of them, click on the picture. Provide the title, all text and caption for the image. It is also possible to link the picture to a particular URL. Then, choose the picture size and alignment and finally, click ‘Insert into Post’. This will download the image and will automatically insert it into your post.
Previously known as WP Inkect, ImageInject offers an easy way of including free images in your posts or pages. Unlike some other plugins, this one does not need any setting up. Once you install and activate the plugin, you are ready to go. To add an image, go to the post or page editor. On that page, you will find a new section titled ‘Imageinject – Find Free Image’.
Write the keyword in the search box and click ‘Search’. If you want to search images by the title of your post, click the ‘Copy Title’ link. This will copy and paste your post title in the search field. You can choose to search in Flickr, Pixabay or both. Once the results are loaded, you can sort them size. Hovering over an image will reveal some additional options.
You can choose from the three available sizes. Once you have chosen a size, the image will be automatically downloaded and inserted into the post. It is also possible to set the image as featured image.
You can set various options of the plugin by going to Settings -> Image Inject. From that page, you will be able to set the license type, order of the search results, featured image size, default image alignment, file name template, etc.
Compfight promises a fast way to find out the perfect Creative Commons image for your post every time. This quick and reliable plugin comes with a simple user interface. After installing and activating the plugin, go to the post editor. On that page, you will find a new button titled ‘Compfight’ right after ‘Add Media’ button. Clicking on that button will load a new pop-up window. Provide your keyword in the search field and click the ‘Search’ button.
In the search result page, you will notice that each result is accompanied by some links. Let me explain them. S, M, L and F mean Small, Medium, Large and Featured respectively. By clicking a letter, you will be able to insert that image in that size in your post. The image license will be automatically added to the caption.
By going to Settings -> Compfight, you will be able to set various options for this plugin.Some necessary options include image license, safe search, size of the small, medium, large and featured images, image layout template, etc.
5. Flickr – Pick a Picture
As the name suggests, Flickr plugin lets you choose Creative Commons images from Flickr and use them in your posts. After installing and activating the plugin, you will be able to search for images right from your post editor. To search for a picture, click the camera icon right next to the ‘Add Media’ button. You will be taken to a screen like the following –
Provide the keyword, choose how many results you want per page and click ‘Search’. In the next page, you will be provided with the relevant results. If you wish to use any image, click the ‘Choose’ button right below that image. That will bring the image editing screen for the image. Provide the title, alt text, caption, description, link URL (if any) and then select the image alignment and size. Once you have set up everything, click ‘Insert into Post’. This will automatically add the image in your post.
You can set various options of the plugin by going to Settings -> Flickr – Pick a Picture. From that page, you will be able to set the default image size, choose the Flickr licenses to choose from, choose the default sort order of the images, etc.
6. Pixabay Images
Pixabay Images plugin lets you search images in Pixabay, a website that includes more than 310,000 free images and illustrations. All of these images are licensed under Creative Commons and do not require any attribution. And like the other plugins of this list, this plugin also adds a button titled ‘Pixaby’ in your post editor. Clicking the button will open a new window.
Write the keyword in the search box and click ‘Search’. In the resulting screen, you will be provided with the relevant results from Pixabay. Hovering over an image will reveal the available options for that picture. Click on the size you want to use.
At this point, you will be taken to the image editing screen. Here, you will be able to provide the title, alt text, caption, etc. for the image. After making all the changes, click ‘Insert into Post’. The image will be automatically added to the post.
By going to Settings -> Pixabay Images, you will be able to control various options for this plugin. That page allows you to set the default language, number of results per page, default image type and orientation, attribution, etc.
Wrapping It Up
Well, these were our picks for the six best free Creative Commons images plugins for WordPress. Let us know which one you would like to use on your website. And if you are already using any of them, don’t forget to share your experience with us.