The use of photographs on your WordPress website is crucial to it’s success. Web pages and blog posts with images are more eye-catching and easier to read. Those with featured images set will also receive more traffic when shared on social networks like Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

Finding the perfect image can be a difficult and time-consuming process. You can’t just do a Google image search to find a picture as you most likely won’t have legal rights to the image. You need to either find a free image under a Creative Commons license or purchase a stock photo.

The following WordPress plugins allow you to find and use both free and purchased images directly from your WordPress admin. This will save you a lot of time when writing your next blog article.

WP Inject

This plugin allows you to search over 200 million free photos from Flickr and Pixabay. Set your featured image and even create photo galleries all with this tool. It even offers WordPress SEO by Yoast integration for added Google juice.

**The photo for this blog post was added using WP Inject.


PhotoDropper offers both free and purchased images through it’s interface. The plugin provides access to over 243 million Creative Commons images and more than 10 million professional photos. Professional photos can be purchased for a single credit per image. Pricing is about $3 a credit.

Microstock Photo Plugin

We tend to buy a lot of our website photos from companies like Depositphotos, Fotolia and iStock. With Microstock Photo Plugin, we no longer have to leave our WordPress admin to find and purchase images from these popular stock photography sites. This plugin also integrates with Aviary for photo editing before inserting into your site.

Getty Images

For Getty Images accountholders, this plugin offers a great time savings. This plugin allows you to search over 35 million of the highest quality images available for purchase.

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