Professional and unique imagery is an important part of website design. Humans are naturally visual people and register images on a website much faster than they register words. This is why good photos are an integral part of website design. A good photo can make a website look more professional, eye-catching and engaging to visitors.
As a website developer and/or designer, you likely spend a lot of time looking for images that you can post on your website that are copyright-free. Having knowledge about various stock photo websites makes searching and finding images that are free for commercial use much easier. There are hundreds of stock photo websites on the internet that offer a huge selection of images to choose from. Here are five of some of the best ones.
Pixabay offers hundreds of thousands of vectors, stock photos, and art illustrations, all copyright-free. You can download, distribute, modify and post these images without having to request permission from the photographer. You can even use them in commercial applications free of charge.
Pixabay is a great option if you’re looking for something quick and simple. It also has a handy search bar at the top to make searching for a photo fast and pain-free.
Pexel offers high-quality photos and videos which are completely copyright-free. Like Pixabay, Pexels has a search bar function to make searching for a specific image relatively easy. All videos and photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license, which allows you to edit or change videos and also use them for commercial projects.
Gratisography offers high-resolution photos which are free for commercial use. With new photos being added every week, there is no shortage of content to choose from. Gratisography is unique because it offers out of the box and humorous photos which will make your website stand out.
Unsplash offers a large selection of high-quality, unique, and artistic photos. Free for commercial use and with thousands of photos being added every day, Unsplash also has a list of collections dedicated to specific themes that you can browse through. The photos that are uploaded daily are hand-picked by the Unsplash staff themselves.
StockSnap has a search function and a user-friendly design which helps you search for photos based on popularity, date, views, downloads, and favorites. It also has a ‘popular searches’ function that lets you see which pictures are being searched the most. The website also has a category section which allows you to browse categories when you’re trying to narrow down your search.
Graphics are a huge part of website design and add to the style, theme, and story of a website. Finding great images that aren’t subject to copyright can be can be tedious, but stock photo websites can help you with that. The above five stock photo sites offer hundreds of thousands of images and all have user-friendly interfaces which make searching for photos pain-free.
Your website only has a few brief moments to capture a visitor’s attention and make the right first impression, so be sure to do it the right way by using photos which will appeal to the user.