A picture tells a thousand words, and even the most minimal website needs some imagery.  In this post I want to talk about where I get images for my site.

I’m Not A Designer

I’m not a graphic designer,  I don’t have the skills to create my own images so I need to find images online for various uses such as:

  • Blog posts
  • Social media post
  • Ads
  • YouTube thumbnails
  • Imagery for pages
  • Clients sites

Even though I cannot create my own images, there are a number of great resources out there to download images for your WordPress site.  Some are royalty free and other charge a small fee.

Compfight

Compfight is a search engine for the image upload service Flickr.  There are thousands for images there for you to use, and if you filter them correctly you can use them royalty free.

I use Comfight for all of my blog posts, I think up a keyword that matches my blog post, for example for this post I’m thinking about images, from there I went to an art gallery.

I searched for art gallery and a number of images came up, I selected a quirky one of a Gnome visiting an art gallery, I like to have fun with images.

I set filters on the search to find images licensed with the creative commons that can be used for commercial reasons.

In return for using the images I need to add an attribution to the photographer who created the images, if you see the bottom of this post you will see that link.

Compfight has a plugin, check out this review for more details on Compfight.

Plugin Review: Compfight

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is another service I have used for royalty paid images.

Shutterstock has thousands of images for you to browse and buy if they match you needs.  There are photos, vector drawings, logos, icons and videos to choose from.

You can buy a subscription which varies by the number of images you download or you can buy a pre-paid image pack for X downloads which is a one off payments.  I don’t use that many images so I go for this method.   Here’s a link to their current pricing.

https://www.shutterstock.com/subscribe

You can download a watermarked copy of the image to try before you buy, which is a great thing, you cannot be sure an image will work until you see it in place.

I’m building out a new theme build for myself and needed some website imagery, so I searched for “developers desk” and found exactly what I needed.

Canva

Canva is an online image editing tool that I use.

I’ve already stated at the start of this post that I’m not a graphic designer, but Canva comes with loads of great templates to use, so you can drop in an image from Shutterstock or Compfight and lie text and other decoration over the top.

I’ve used this for Facebook page graphics, ads, YouTube thumbnails and a couple of blog post images.

I wrote a detailed blog post about Canva so I’ll not go into too much depth, check out my Canva Review

What If You Need Something Custom

If you don’t know a graphic designer to create custom images for you, here are a couple of service you can use to get a custom design

  • 99designs – get designers to compete for your business with a design competition
  • fiverr – get a logo designed at very reasonable prices.

Personally I’ve been able to get everything I need with a combination of Compfight, Shutterstock and Canva, this is where I get images for my site.

Wrap Up – Where I Get Images For My Site

Lack of graphic design skills does not mean you need to have poor quality imagery on your site, check out these resources to pep up the look and feel of your WordPress site.

Here’s the image attribution link I was talking about.

If you need help adding images to your WordPress site, why not get a no obligation quote?

Photo Credit: Capital District, New York Flickr via Compfight cc

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