The Importance of High Quality Media
For most people, reading a wall of text isn’t very inviting, however readable it may be. Written content can be powerful, but sometimes it takes an image or video to really capture your visitor’s attention. If you want to make your website design even better, then you need high quality media to accompany your content.
If you don’t have your own great images and video, all is not lost. There are a number of websites which offer amazing media – for absolutely free. Here’s your handy guide to some of the best.
Pexels is a great website that offers a range of high definition images and videos. Whether you have a blog, website or newsletter, you’ll be able to find something eye-catching on Pexels. Best of all is the license. All media is free to use, you don’t need to credit the creators and you can even make modifications.
Finding the right image is extremely easy, simply type in the relevant keywords and browse the matches. You don’t even have to sign up - simply click on the download and pick the right size, and you’ll receive your media immediately.
What makes Pexels is even more user friendly, is that there are a range of size options. Sizes range from small all the way up to the original size. You can even specify a custom size should you need something specific.
Unsplash is another great resource which offers amazing pictures. There is a vast array of images suitable for all kinds of topics. Images are high resolution and can be downloaded for free. There is no need to create an account and you can use the images pretty much anyway you want.
The only minor issue with Unsplash is that every image is downloaded in one size – high resolution. So you’ll need to edit it yourself if you want to modify the size in anyway. Also, Unsplash offers photos only. If you’re looking for high definition videos, you will need to look elsewhere.
StockSnap is a popular resource that has a big selection of high resolution pictures to use on your ecommerce website design. Similar to Unsplash and Pexels, you don’t have to create an account to download imagery, nor do you have to attribute anyone if you decide to use any StockSnap pictures.
StockSnap is a bit less user friendly than Pexels as downloads are always in one size – the original high resolution dimensions. There’s also a lot of advertisements and sponsorship from paid stock image sites, so you’ll need to make sure you don’t wander off if you’re not prepared to pay anything for your media. StockSnap offers images only, so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you want videos.
Do you own a restaurant, bar or food shop? Then you need some delicious imagery and enticing video if you want to entice customers to your place of business. Foodiesfeed is a stock image resource that is dedicated to food and drink.
There are more than 1500 images, and each one has a number of tags for easy browsing. Downloads will take a few seconds, however, and may irritate those with little patience. The best thing to do is create an account, if you think you will be returning for more images.
Pictures have a CC0 license which means there are no restrictions on the images you use. If you’re a food blogger or restaurant critic, foodiesfeed is a great tool.
Pixabay is one of the big boys and has an image library that numbers in the millions. Pixabay is very simple to use and you can download an image in multiple sizes. One annoyance is that you will have to complete a captcha three or four times every time you download. The only alternative is to create an account.
The Pixabay license gives you a lot of freedom and you can do pretty much what you like with any image that you download. There is no need for attribution and you can alter your imagery any way you see fit. They even have a forum where you can make requests if you need something a bit obscure.
Coverr has a great selection of videos if you need more than images. The Coverr library is not as big as Pexels and Pixabay, but there is still some excellent media. Perfect for backgrounds, there are a range of videos suitable for every niche.
Downloads are very simple and you don’t have to sign up to get your chosen video. Videos come in the mp4 format and are accompanied by a cover image should you need one. All videos are also split into different categories for easy browsing.
The Adobe Stock library is the biggest and best resource for all varieties of media. From videos to vectors, there is a massive number of high resolution royalty free media that will look perfect on any kind of blog, website design or editorial.
Assets in the Adobe library number in the 60 million, so whatever you are looking for, you will be able to find it in the Adobe Stock library. Unfortunately, none of this is free, and a basic plan for 10 images costs £19.99 a month. Alternatively, you can purchase a specific image, however it will set you back a fair bit.
There is a third way if you are thinking about creating a website for your business. At DotGO, you get unrestricted access to the Adobe Stock library when you sign up for an affordable website design. You won’t be limited by any license, so you will be free to choose something special for your website.
When you design your website, it is essential that everything looks professional including all images and video. There are a number of free resources available that can help you, but if you really want quality, then as with most things, you might have to pay for it.
Does your business need an affordable website design? Here at DotGO, we’ve been designing websites for more than 17 years and we’d love to create something special for your business. We have a number of tools at our disposal, including the Adobe Stock library, which is included free in your subscription. Find out more by getting in touch with us at DotGO.
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