Where to find images for your website?
Besides your website theme, one of the most important aspects of making your website look great is by having amazing pictures. And although we wish we all could take beautiful pictures or create great vector art, chances are we’re probably not that great at it. Lucky for us however, there are some amazing websites for getting some top notch images for your website. All of which are royalty free.
Bigstock photo is an amazing website to find amazing images for your website. And the reason why I think it’s so good is because I use it myself. Most, if not all of the pictures on my site are from Bigstockphotos. While all of these pictures cost money, I didn’t have to pay a dime for any of the pics. Why? Because Bigstockphotos is one of the smaller stock photo sites, they are able to entice new users with trials. When I started off, Bigstockphotos was giving out a 7 day free trial, with a maximum of 5 downloads per day. That’s 35 free stock photos, which you can download 100% free. While they expect you to stay on for the long haul, I found that the 35 photos were enough to last me a while. However, as I start blogging more frequently, I’ll probably sign up for a paid plan with Bigstockphotos, because their photos do rock and their prices are reasonable as well.
Thinkstock Photo is another great stock photo site with millions of images for your website. Thinkstock Photos is a part of Getty Images so you know it’s a brand you can trust. Plus, prices are fairly reasonable with plans starting at just over $100 a month. Unlike all the other companies, Thinkstock really gives you great pricing options for those solopreneurs who need more than a few pics per month, but not hundreds. That’s why it’s our #2 stock photo site for bloggers.
3. iStock Photo
iStock Photo is probably the largest of the stock photo websites, with millions of photos, you’re bound to find the exact picture you need. However, given that it is the biggest and most well known, it does cost quite a bit more. With a plan, photos are about $1 per download. Unfortunately, no trials are given. 🙁 However, iStock Photo is still a great place to find images for your website.
Shutter Stock is another great stock photo website, with 35 million photos, illustrations, vectors, and videos. I think what makes them unique is the amazing graphics and vectors that artists upload. Plus, with a plan, images are about 50 cents per download, so you can fill up images for your website for not a lot of cash.
Now morguefile is a bit different from the rest of the stock photo sites, because it is 100% free! That’s right an actual place for free stock photos! There are no plans to sign up for, or money to pay. However, given that they are free, you will have to sift through the many images that aren’t the greatest. So quality is definitely lower on Morguefile. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t some awesome images for your website. But, you’ll probably have to browse quite a bit.
So whether you’re in the market for free or paid website images, there’s bound to be something in the list above that will work for you. Try them out and let me know how it works or if I missed any!