Keeping your blog interesting is not limited to writing great content, you also have to lure readers with eye-catching images that go with each blog post. These images, often called featured images, can catch one’s attention and encourage them to read the entire article. That’s why choosing the right image to go with your post is important. It creates intrigue that your audience will find it hard to resist reading your article.
Although it’s an important task, choosing a featured image for each of your blog posts can be time-consuming since there are a lot of photo sources on the web. Luckily, there are helpful WordPress plugins that help you search for images that can be used for your blog post without leaving WordPress. These plugins are designed to look for stock photos that have Creative Commons license for use on blogs and web pages.
What is a Creative Commons license and what does it do for me?
Creative Commons is an organization that helps individuals share their creative work legally. A Creative Commons license allows an owner of an image to specify which usage of their image they allow and which ones they don’t. As an end user of images, you should choose a license that allows you to use an image for your blog legally, with the consent of the image owner.
In short, you avoid any legal trouble for you and your blog when you use images with the right Creative Commons license.
Best WordPress Plugin To Find Free Images From Dashboard:
PhotoDropper uses Flickr to search for images with Creative Commons license, a feature that allows you to use the image in your blog for free. After installing the plugin, you will see a balloon icon on your post editor toolbar in WordPress. Click on this to begin searching for an image. You can then select the image you want and click “Insert to Post”. This automatically saves and adds the image to your image library, and you can either insert it to your post or set as featured image.
ImageInject uses Flickr and Pixabay to search for free photos you can insert to your blog post. The plugin’s menu is found on the bottom of the text editor in WordPress. You can type the photo you’re searching for in the search field and you should get a decent list of images right below it. What I like about ImageInject is that it lets you set an image as a featured image by hovering the mouse pointer at a photo and clicking “Featured Image”.
Note that this plugin also adds image attribution details and links to the end of your article when you select photos to be a featured image. The links appear next to the image when you insert it into the blog post.
This handy plugin gives you access to Creative Commons images from Pixabay without any need for image attribution. You can search for photos from the WordPress text editor toolbar, where you can click on the Pixabay icon. This brings up the search window where you can type the keyword for the photo you need. You can filter results according to photo type and orientation.
Hovering over a photo allows you to select a resolution. This action uploads the photo to your media library and you can insert it to your post or set as featured image from there.
This plugin uses Foter.com as a source of free stock photos to use for your blog posts. You can search and select photos to insert into the body of your post. You can opt to have the image hosted by your website or by Foter. The photo selection is surprisingly huge. In the example below, a search for the keywords “mother and child” returned over 200 images.
Attribution links will be added as a caption to the image.
This plugin is my favorite of all five mentioned in this post. In addition to getting access to Flickr’s Creative Commons photo database, it’s compatible with WordPress’ built-in photo editor so you can crop, resize and flip images to your liking. Once you select a photo, you can edit the caption, insert it to the post or set as a featured image — all in the same place.
Which Image plugin should you choose?
There’s no fixed answer to that question. It would depend on how you use images and which features are important to you. Each plugin in this list have their pros and cons, and it’s up to you to determine which best suits your needs. In fact, there’s no reason why you can use two or more of these plugins to get the best possible image for your blog post. Just be careful that these plugins don’t affect one another’s functionality. The Foter plugin, for example, did not work when I had other photo search plugins installed.
However, if you want to edit your images beforehand or they need to be a certain resolution to fit your website’s theme, then using these plugins may not be to your benefit.
By now, you probably know the importance of images for your blog posts. It’s important to find the right ones so your blog post is more enticing for a reader. However, you don’t want to spend too much time on searching for photos. These plugins save you time and help you find the best photos that the Internet has to offer. Also read:
- How to find images for your blog using Flickr
- How to find blog images using Google image Search
- Websites to find free images online
Do let me know how you are finding free images for your content? Are you creating it yourself? Stealing it from Google? Or using one of above Image finder WordPress plugins? Let me know your answer in the comment section.