The Best Free Stock Photo Websites

Do you need photos for your next project?

Whether it be for a website, social media campaign, an illustration, flyer, or even maybe a school project, stock photos are in high demand.
There are many great resources brought to you by photographers, designers and design industries that have put together collections of high quality free stock photos.

Not only are they free, most are free of any copyright restrictions. Some do require attribution to their collection.

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Unsplash.com

Simply one of the best sources for free stock photos
Every 10 days there are 10 more new photos added

StockSnap.io

Find a large selection of free stock photos
Along with a great search feature, making it easier to find what you are looking for.

Pixabay.com

From stock photos to illustrations
Pixabay has a large collection and all photos are free of any copyright restrictions.

Gratisography.com

All pictures here are taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design
They offer many free high resolution pictures that are free of copyright restrictions.

Picography.co

A collection of free stock photos
Submitted by Dave Meier and other photographers.

FreeStocks.org

More great high quality free stock photos
All released under the Creative Commons CCO.

MMTStock.com

A collection of photos provided by Jeffrey Betts
All photos are released under the Creative Commons CCO.

LifeOfPix.com

New pictures are added weekly
and is a great resource for free stock photos.

NegativeSpace.co

An amazing source for free stock photos
That are all easily searchable, and sorted by categories.

PicJumbo.com

Lots of categories and a large collection
Of free photos for your next project.

FoodiesFeed.com

If you are looking for free stock photos of food
Then this should be the first website to check out.

SkitterPhoto.com

An awesome collection of free stock photos
That are authentic to SkitterPhoto.com

New Old Stock

If you are looking for old vintage photos
Then the New Old Stock is your website. It is a great resource and all images are free of any copyright restrictions.

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Freelance Web Developers vs Do It Yourself Web Design Apps and Software

Has business not taken off like you hoped or is business slow?

If you answered yes to either of these, we have some very important tools for you to get it moving.
Sometimes word of mouth and things such as flyers, business cards, brochures, and social networking just aren’t enough to get your business the recognition it deserves and needs to be successful.

Through education and experience, we quickly learned the best tool for any business is having a quality website built by a professional web developer. Listen closely as we explain to you why it is important to have a professional build your website instead of using apps and software to do it on your own. There are many reasons to leave it to the professionals and the biggest reason being is that they cannot only customize it to a much higher extent for you, but also your page will come up much higher on the search results on search engines. Web designers and developers are trained on utilizing SEO, aka search engine optimization. These apps and programs that allow you to build a website are very basic and poorly built period and your page will go nowhere. Not only that, but you are very limited on customizing your website and it will not stand out from your competitors. Sometimes it’s best to spend some to make some and this is one of those cases.

A great web developer will be able to take your ideas and turn them into reality and should be able to educate you on what options are available to you.

A website is just a waste of time if it’s not built for functionality.
Functionality is the ease of use and allows potential and existing customers to easily find what information they are looking for, and a great web developer knows exactly how to do this.

Web developers also know what can and cannot be done and what is and isn’t a good idea to implement into a website. Sure you can put together a basic website on your own if you’re lucky, but it really is worth contracting a web developer to do it for you, and you can even have them continue regular maintenance and SEO so you don’t have to.

Now that you understand why you should leave websites to the professionals, we want to give you some tips on choosing a web developer or designer.

First, search around on the internet and go to their websites.
Look at their portfolios, examples and creativity.

Keep in mind that ultimately the clients decide on the colors, design, layout, and content, so don’t choose a designer based solely on their portfolios and examples. A great web developer will, however, try to steer clients away from implementing things on their website that may slow down its load time and other things such as poor contrasts in the color schemes that the client wishes to use and more. Look at whether there are mistakes, look at client feedback and contact the web developer to get a feel for them as a designer.

Of course pricing makes a difference in choosing a web developer as well, but cheap is not necessarily better.

You are investing in your business when you have a website created, therefore it is worth the money especially because it is the most effective way to build business and an online presence.
Social media can get you pretty far, but not everyone uses social media websites and not everyone thinks to look up businesses on these websites.

Therefore having an actual website for your business is much smarter and can be found by many more people. Not only that, but on your website you can have direct links to your social media pages, thus helping build business even more. Most web developers will also put links on their website to their clients websites to help market them. What more could you want?

So, we learned the importance of contracting a web developer over using apps and software to try to create your own, and why it’s worth the investment. Hopefully you truly take this into consideration because, trust us, most people regret trying it on their own, and then they are out the money spent on the apps and software. Do it right the first time around and you will be very glad you did.

Do I Need a Web Developer or a Web Designer?

Whether you are ready to have a professional website built or are just curious, you may be wondering, what is the difference between a web designer and a web developer?

What can they do?
A web developer is like a kung fu master of designing, creating and coding websites to put it simple.

A web designer is not quite as extensively educated in this industry. Together they are the masterminds behind every single website you see and without them, well, there wouldn’t be any websites to see. They are rarely credited by the consumers the way they should be. Kind of like all of the song and script writers that create some of the best music and films. That’s okay though, most of them don’t mind because they love what they do.

There are some major and some minor differences between a web designer and a web developer.

The biggest difference is that a designer pretty much does that; they design the looks and layout and most of them only know basic coding and protocols.
A developer on the other hand, can design, create, code, and implement it all.

A developer has more extensive training and will be able to customize a website as much as possible. Typically, a developer hand codes all of their websites and does not use prefabricated templates, thus allowing them to make anything possible. A designer often uses templates and this does not allow for completely unique one-of-a-kind websites.

Don’t get us wrong, web designers can build you a website, but it just won’t be as personalized, options are limited and they tend to focus on the looks and layout more than the functionality. Before you decide what company or person you will contract to create your website, you need to know what you are looking for. If you just want a pretty basic website, a web designer will work just fine. If you are wanting to implement e-commerce and are looking for a customized website that is built around functionality and looks as well as the implementation of many things, your best bet is to get a web developer.

Does Your Business Need an App?

Mobile apps have continued to soar since 2007 and have never slowed down.

This was the year of the first iPhone, and soon after many companies followed with releasing their smartphones.
It seems like every company is trying to design trendy technology, so what is the next big thing and should my business follow these trends?

So, does my business need an app? Based on trends you may think your business needs an app. This is not always true, and greatly depends on what industry your business is in. Businesses such as a retail shop that deals with goods and client data could benefit more than maybe an attorney’s office that would be more informational. You need to try to visualize your business and compare a responsive website versus an app. Many businesses just have a website that provides its audience with the proper functionality and content to drive its sales and or services, others rely solely on an app or maybe even both.

 

You need to ask yourself, “would an app provide a better solution or would it just provide the same functionality of a website?”

This question can be addressed more efficiently through analytics.
You need to make sure you are targeting your audience across the best platforms, therefore you need to analyze your visitors.

Many websites now provide a responsive design that provides the same experience on desktop computers and mobile devices. It would not be the best practice to build an app and later realize that customers prefer using the website. Additionally, if all users use mobile devices you may not need a website and instead an app would be the best solution.

Evaluate your business needs

This should include the needs of the business, and the needs of your audience.
Your target audience should always drive your platform development decisions. This way, resources are spent on what matters most your audience.

In conclusion to evaluating development decisions, company goals such as budget, content, SEO, interface and accessibility also play an important role. In general, a responsive website is more budget friendly and relies more on great SEO, accessibility, and more frequent updates. Apps are better at handling large amounts of data, more complex user interfaces, and has the advantage of using a smart phones functionality.

While many companies have both a responsive website and an app, many would be more cost effective to have one or the other. These decisions should mainly evolve around your audience and the needs and budgets of your business.

What is a Favicon?

A favicon is a small image that is used by a browser to show the image of the website being visited

Isn’t this similar to a logo?
Yes and no. A favicon acts like a logo in the sense that it brands your website.

A favicon though, is very small and is only used in a web browser. In fact, a favicon is usually only 16 pixels by 16 pixels, which is why they are usually very simple yet relevant to the overall look and feel of the website.

A favicon was first used by Internet Explorer to track favorites or bookmarks you created

The word itself is made of two words “favorite” and “icon.”
Favicons were also used to estimate website visitors by counting the number of bookmarks for a particular page.

Favicons are now an important part of the user experience. All major browsers use favicons in the browser address bar, link bar, bookmarking area, browser tabs, and even in a shortcut on your desktop. If you don’t have one, a generic one will appear instead and is not the best experience for the user visiting your website. Most online branding is a daunting and challenging task. A favicon is a simple and easy way to raise brand awareness.

How do you create a favicon?

You can use any image editors with an ico file extension save option.
There is an extension for Photoshop that you can download as well.

To make it even easier, there are many favicon generators out there

Simply upload an image and download the favicon file
One of our favorites is www.favicon-generator.org.

So I have a favicon

How do I use it?
Basically upload the image to your website, and link to it in the header.

Insert the proper code into the HEAD section of your website. Upload the favicon and the files with the added code to your server. Enjoy your new favicon.

Favicons are proof that great things come in small packages. They are small yet very effective from a user perspective, demonstrating attention to detail from a branding perspective. The bottom line is use and create favicons, and your website visitors and clients will appreciate this kind of detail and professionalism.

Open Graph and What it Means to Social Media

If you could create links that engage and entice people to interact with them, would your website benefit from it?

The answer should be yes.
Just like marketing ads that are aimed at a certain target market, Open Graph allows you to style your shared links on social networks.

Text based links serve their purpose, but what about a link that is styled nicely with a title, image, URL and a description about the link? People would be more enticed to interact with such a link, and provide more shares to your website. Think of mascots, why do people like them? They are typically someone dressed up in a costume, yet everyone wants to talk to them just because they now look like a cute bear. If links look welcoming then more people will click them. Each click drives more traffic to your website.

Have you ever noticed how every link you enter into Facebook has a nice appearance to it? It shows a title, an image, URL and a description about the link.

This is all accomplished using Open Graph Protocol.
Web developers can now even style these links using Open Graph Protocol in a websites meta tags.

Each page can even have its own unique title, image, URL, and description. This will provide a website with better sharing capabilities, better SEO results, and a great way to boost traffic to your website.

So how is Open Graph integrated into a website?

It is actually pretty easy to add it if you have some knowledge in web development.
Open Graph is just meta tags that are placed into the HEAD sections of your page.

The images linked to them need to come from an external website, or the best practice is uploading them to your website and linking them to the Open Graph meta tags. More information can be found below.

The bottom line is that every website should embrace this protocol.

If you are serious about your website and use social networking, Open Graph integration is a must.
It is becoming more and more widely used by social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.

Twitter uses a similar method called Twitter Cards that work in the same fashion as Open Graph. These technologies will drive more traffic through social media sharing. Use it, integrate it and treat it as another form of SEO and marketing for your website.