Improve your website design with free photos

Author: Miguel Teixeira
2015-05-25
Tags: Resources, webdesign, photos


We came up with a list of the top 10 totally free photo sites that you can use to improve your website design.

What we mean by free

Are you looking for free photos to use for a design and do you want to keep, yourself and your startup, out of copyright trouble? If so, you should to know this, there are the following types of free:

  • Creative Commons zero - you can use the photos in any way you'd like without asking permission.
  • Creative Commons with attribution -you can use the photo in any way you want but you need to attribute credits to the creator of the photo. Attribution is simple: when you include a photo in the web page, you need to identify the photographer ("Photo by John Doe") and include a link to the website.

All the websites presented are free of charge and the use of their pictures is attribution free (creative commons zero).

Is it worth the risk?

If someone finds their content on your website, they can ask to take down your site. It works as a preventive measure to make sure you remove other people’s content for good. So if you think you can get away with using other people’s images for free, think twice. Your website can go through a DMCA takedown if you’re not careful. A DMCA takedown happens when content is removed from your website at the request of the owner of that content or its rights. DMCA is basically a copyright law. It protects those who believe their rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed, due to unauthorized use of their materials on the Internet. Although the law is from USA, it can be applied anywhere in the world. Once it happens to you, you can say goodbye to all your SEO efforts. Is it really worth it for a photo?

IdeaNinja's totally free photo websites TOP

These are our favorite websites for free photos. You don't have to do any kind of attribution and the pictures are really good.

1. Cupcake - Nilsson Lee

free photo cupcake

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

2. Designer Pics

free photo designerpics

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

3. Get Refe

free-photo-getrefe

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

4. Gratisography

free photo gratisography

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

5. Epicantus

free photo epicantus

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

6. Jay Mantri

free photo jaymantri

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

7. Little Visuals

free photo littlevisuals

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

8. Pic Jumbo

free photo picjumbo

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

9. Public Domain Archive

free photo publicdomainarchive

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

10. Unsplash

free photo unsplash

How free?

  • No attribution required
  • Free of charge

Final remarks

As you can see, there is no need to expose yourself to a DMCA takedown or pay for photos to use on your website, presentations or fliers. This article continues to follow a strategy to minimize the need for funds to start your venture AKA dirty cheap approach. If you like this approach you might also like this article on free hosting. Find out how!

Hope these photo sources help you implement your idea into a startup, and get you on the right path to revamp your website design for free.

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