Adding images to a website is one of the best ways to keep your visitors interested. However, finding these images may be a challenge, especially when one is not an avid photographer. Fortunately, there are more and more websites offering beautiful and authentic free images. I have selected six website here that all present a wide variety of images and are searchable. You can find many others with a quick search.
All the websites presented here offer a Creative Commons Zero license, meaning that you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, please make sure this is always the case before you use an image on your site. Also, it is nice to attribute the images to their author by putting a caption and/or mentioning it in the image title.
On top of having a huge selection of images, Pixabay offers vector graphics, illustrations and even videos. All for free, of course. It also has a great search functionality that allows you to filter down by image orientation and more. Definitely check this one out!
I find that the images on Unsplash seem more unique and creative.
StockSnap.io has many categories and popular search options to narrow the search down.
Picjumbo offers a large range of images and is searchable. However, it has more of a commercial feel to it, as it offers packages and other items for sale.
Skitterphoto has a large number of images with color effects. It also has many images from Europe.
FreeImages has many images and a powerful search engine.
In my next blog article, I will show you how to manipulate your images to keep your website fast and attractive. Meanwhile, if you find more interesting websites for images, please let me know in the comments section.