Resources

This is an page that will be dedicated to resources. Some will be free, some will not. on the other hand, others will be my with an affiliate link. If you have any suggestions to add to this page, please contact me.

For web hosting, I have started to use Hobo. They charge $12 a year for a 10 domain package. More than enough for starters or if you want to keep projects on separate hosting accounts ;). https://www.hobohost.com/ (Not an affiliate link!) Go slowly and knock off all the extras you see on the way.

For domain names, you can pay 99c for one years domain at http://www.register.com/ (Not an affiliate link!) Go slowly and knock off all the extras you see on the way.

 

For photographic manipulation I use pixlr.com. It is a good Free basic tool with lots of help videos for when you get stuck.

For *Free* photo’s, graphics and vectors, Pixabay is hard to beat. For free digital photos, as it says on the tin http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ is good. WARNING: Attribution will more than likely be required. (It costs nothing, so just do it). Please read all small print before using any images. Avoid expensive legal action please. Please do not just go Google image and then steal. You will get into trouble. You can not hide wherever you are – THEY will find you, and hurt you.

Here are 7 Places to Find Images You Can Legally Use On Your Blog

If you are looking for images you can legally use on your blog, there are things you need to remember. When you grab images off of the web, you need to focus on content that is already in the public domain. It can also be royalty-free, or may have a Creative Commons license. All of these situations indicate images and pictures you can freely use on your website or blog. But how do you find them? Check out these top 7 websites that list images and pictures you can legally use on your blog.

1. Google – http://www.google.com/imghp

The Big G. At images.google.com, type in your search term. When the images are displayed, click on “Search tools” and then “usage rights”. You will then see a drop-down list of different usage rights. Choose the one that is most applicable to your situation and you instantly harness the power of the world’s biggest image searching engine!

However, this method comes with a big warning!! Some people think it’s OK to just Google images and use whatever they like. That is not OK. Images are copyrighted, so you need to ensure yoy have the legal rights to use them. This is why you must select the correct type of usage rights for your search, and then double check the usage rights of any image you want to use by clicking through the Google result to look at the website that first published the image.

If you’re in any doubt, use the sources below instead!

2. Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

At Flickr.com/creativecommons there are tens of millions of images which have been given the Attribution License. This means you may “copy, distribute and display” any images you find, as long as you give the image creator credit. And a Noncommercial License means you can copy, distribute and display those images, but for noncommercial purposes only. (This means you could use those types of images in an informational blog post where you are not selling anything.)

3. Pixabay – http://pixabay.com/

This site is popular with bloggers everywhere. That is because most of the images listed here can be used without having to give tribute to the source. Sign-up is free, and you also receive access to a growing list of vectors and art illustrations. Pixabay.com is where you need to go.

4 . Free Photos Bank – http://freephotosbank.com/

Freephotosbank.com is quickly becoming a popular resource for photographs on the web. Categories are broken down extensively, and you can even download and use photos without logging into an account.

5. Morgue File – http://www.morguefile.com/

While it may sound like something out of a horror movie, Morguefile.com is actually a great place for stock photos and free images. The photographs have been freely contributed, and the site asks that you credit the photographer whenever possible.

6. Public Domain Pictures – http://publicdomainpictures.net/

This is another image providing site that is rapidly growing. Free public domain images can be used on your blog or website, and there are premium images also offered for a fee. Publicdomainpictures.net is where you head.

7. Stock Vault – http://www.stockvault.net/

Stockvault.net has more than 70,000 members, all contributing free and paid images and photographs. You do not even have to sign up for an account. Image files, graphics and photographs for use on your website or blog can be found here. (Personal and noncommercial use only).

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