Grab Flickr Creative Commons Photos Without Leaving Your Blog
February 28, 2008
I was browsing through my RSS subcriptions when I saw this post Darren wrote featuring a fantastic WordPress plugin that I knew I had to have.
“With the Photo Dropper plugin, you can now search millions of Flickr photos and add them to your WordPress posts with just 1 click, all without leaving your WordPress dashboard. Attribution links are automatically added underneath the images to comply with the Creative Commons license rules. It’s the easiest way to add photos to your blog. Period. And best of all – it’s Free!”
Considering how I always talk about why using images is important, and that I’ve written a guide on how to find and use Flickr photos, I knew this was a big one for me. Images make a blog look a lot more attractive and interesting, and they catch the visitor’s eye and make your site memorable. Since you can either steal images, pay for them, or use Creative Commons photos, I opted for the last choice. The first should never be an option, the second is expensive, but the last one is great – Flickr has thousands of amazing Creative Commons photos you can use for free, as long as credit is given.
And with the Photo Dropper plugin, you never even have to leave your dashboard to find great images – or even your ‘write a post’ page, for that matter! Once you install and activate the plugin, you can set up the options, which include how many images you see at one time and whether they’re sorted using the ‘Most Interesting’ feature or not, as well if they’re images to use on a commercial site or not. After that, all you have to do is go write your posts and the plugin will be there. You enter a keyword to look for, photos appear, and when you find one you like you can add it to your post with the click of a button.
This is so easy! To make your posts and pages beautiful with images you won’t even have to leave WordPress anymore. Take a look at the image at the top of this post, and you’ll see an example of what this plugin has done for me. With a click there’s a gorgeous photo and the credits in place. This couldn’t be any more simpler, and I definitely recommend it for all bloggers.
Click here to download the Photo Dropper WordPress plugin.