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5 January 2023

Where to get free website images - 7 best places?

Who doesn't love free stuff? Free website images are a great way to add visual interest and appeal to your web design. As you may know, there are many different types of images available for free on the internet - from stock photos to public domain artwork. But before you start searching, it's important that you understand the implications of using these images on your website.

Why do you need images?

Images are an important ingredient for any website. They can help to create a mood or establish the overall look and feel of your site. However, images also cost money - usually due to licensing fees if you're not using public domain artwork or stock photos that have been uploaded by others without copyright restrictions. If you use copyrighted material from another

The first thing to know about free website images is that they are not always free

You might think that an image you are using was free because it was uploaded by someone else without copyright restrictions, but that doesn't always mean the image is free to use on your website. If you are using copyrighted material from another person or company without their permission, then that can lead to a lawsuit and legal fees for damages.

Even if an image is free and in the public domain, there may be restrictions on how it can be used. For example, some images are only available for personal or noncommercial purposes only.  Others might have been created by a company that requires you to credit their work when using it in your blog post content.

Free image types

There are two types of free images: Creative Commons and Public Domain, and it's important to understand the differences between them.

Creative Commons Free Images

Websites that feature Creative Commons free images allow users to choose whether they want their photo shared with others for commercial use or not, and if they do so then there is a copyright disclaimer at the bottom of each image page which says "This work is licensed to [insert name of company] under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. You are free to copy, distribute and communicate this work as long as you attribute it."

Public Domain Free Images

Websites that feature Public Domain free images do not require credit or attribution because these photos have already become the property of the public and are free for anyone to use.

free website images

Using free website images is very tempting since it appears to not cost you anything, but remember, your website is the central pillar to your online marketing.

With this in mind, you should consider using bespoke images to enable the best web design. Hire a photographer and get original, top quality images to represent your brand.

If time and budget don't allow this, then you may decide to use one of the options below:

Free Sources of stock images

If you are on a very low budget, and don't mind working with a limited subset of images, then there are some great sites offering royalty free website images. Some sites don't even require attribution.

Sometime, you can't find the perfect image on any of the free resources. When this happens, you might like to consider searching through one of the paid-for stock image sights.

And there are plenty of other sites that a quick Google search will pick up.

Free Illustrations

There are several sources for free illustrations: (formerly

Article written by Richard Roscoe
CEO and Marketing Consultant

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