If you’re fortunate enough to have your own photos for every piece of content you create, awesome! Not everyone is so lucky. Or, sometimes the photos you have just aren’t what you need to elicit a certain emotion or reaction.
In those cases, stock photos can be helpful.
If you don’t have access to paid stock photo account, don’t sweat. Here is a great list of sites that offer free, high-resolution photos you can use for your content.
- Canva’s Design School Stock image list
- New Old Stock
- Public Domain Archive
- Stock Snap
- Life of Pix
- Snapwire Snaps
If your site is in the new theme or has been converted, the Featured Image is critical to your audience engaging your content. Make sure you have a great image to use as your Featured Image for each post. The higher the resolution the photo is, the better it will appear in the Featured Image spot.
You’ll find the Featured Image area on the righthand side of an individual post, below Tags.
Also, keep in mind that WordPress will automatically crop images to fit the Featured Image box, which is 675 x 405 pixels. If your image is not wide enough, black bars will appear.
If the original photo is in portrait, rather than landscape, orientation, WordPress will auto-crop it. However, we’ve noticed that when content with portrait photos is shared on Facebook, the correct crop does not appear.
An easy fix regarding a portrait photo is to use the Snipping Tool to create a version in landscape orientation.
We suggest you avoid photos with portrait orientation altogether. Opt for a photo with landscape orientation to avoid a headache.
If you have any questions regarding photos, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Danielle Teigen at email@example.com.