Places to get images

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These are a few of our favorite places to get free or low cost images and videos for your website.

Note: If you will be downloading media, you should read our post on How to Avoid Copyright Infringement. This article explains how you should read the license agreement on any media website and take steps to make sure photos you download aren’t licensed elsewhere.

*Many free videos are too large to use on a website as is. Most likely, they will need editing to reduce the file size.

Editing images & videos

If you do not have photo or video editing software, you can use an online service with free editing tools:

Naming images

We recommend renaming images before you upload them. Each filename should describe what is in each image. This helps with ADA compliance and SEO. Use all lowercase letters and no spaces.

Good filenames: man-cutting-grass.jpg or fun-wedding-guests-23.jpg

Not as good: DSC-0493772.jpg or “DOG Sleeping.jpg”

Blog posts images

There is no set size, but 1200 or 1600 pixels wide for landscape images, or tall for portrait images, will work nicely. All images should be saved at 72 dpi and compressed as low as 30% to help pages load faster.

Sliders and page title images

For sliders or page titles on most websites, images should be at least 1800 to 2400 pixels wide, 72 dpi. Landscape images (those wider than tall) work the best.

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