PhotoDropper: A Great WordPress Plugin For Fast, Easy And Free Images

Finding images for your WordPress site can be a challenge. Of course, you could take the pictures yourself — but if you run multiple sites, that could prove exhausting. I have recently started using a WordPress plugin that makes it very easy to find creative commons images and credit them properly right from inside my blog.

pictures-for-your-blog-postsThe plugin is called PhotoDropper — and I am loving it!

PhotoDropper has over 62 million free images that blog owners can access and insert right from their WordPress dashboard. They also have a premium tier that offers more professional photos on a pay-by-the-photo basis.

I currently have Clipart accounts for stock photos to use in my posts. While that’s not hard to use, it does require the extra steps involved in downloading the image and then uploading it to my site. There is also the extra time I need to take to leave my post creation screen to go find that image inside my account.

PhotoDropper takes all that extra work out of the equation. In just a few steps, an image can be found, saved, inserted into my post and credited properly.

From the PhotoDropper site:

With PhotoDropper, you can find, license, and embed over 253 Million Photos all without ever leaving WordPress.

With just a few simple clicks, PhotoDropper allows you to sort through the millions of Creative Commons and Premium photos to find the perfect one for your blog post …

The best part? The PhotoDropper plugin is free!

You can download the plugin here, or just search for “PhotoDropper” from inside your plugins dashboard like this:


Once installed, PhotoDropper adds a little balloon icon next to the “Add Media” button on your post editor screen:


When you click on the PhotoDropper icon, you will be presented with the option to tick two boxes: one asking if your site is intended to make money (commercial intent) and the other asking to agree to their terms of service.

Tick those, and then you will be able to search through thousands and thousands of free-to-use images, as well as more professional images that are available for sale.

Just enter a phrase into the search bar…


…and an amazing assortment of images will be returned to you!


The free-to-use images are on the left and the premium (paid) images are on the right. You can hold your mouse over any image to see a larger version of it. When you find one you like, just click on the image and “insert into post.”

The image thumbnail will now appear in your media library. From there, you can adjust the title, alt text, alignment and other attributes as needed, then insert the image into your post. Presto! You now have a gorgeous, properly credited image.


PhotoDropper is fast, easy and FREE — and the high-quality images can really make your blog posts pop.

Here’s a quick video overview from PhotoDropper that explains more about using their plugin and their services.

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  • ebuzznet

    Nice Plugin…It will save a lot of time

  • Jason Darrell

    And those using WordPress.*com* are stuck with Zemanta’s shite image library, I guess.
    Dodgy images that may or may not be subject to licensing…

    …we can but cross our fingers in hope.

  • Chris M Cloutier

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  • E.Dieter Martin

    I’ve had my share of troubles with this plugin. Mostly with CC attribution not appearing. Also, the last update was in Nov’12, which makes it questionable for 3.5.

  • jeffyablon

    Of course, using this blows away your chance of controlling the SEO component of pictures in your posts. Think you’re better of spending the time and saving that control:

  • Pete Stevens

    Just checked it out, looks promising for certain image type searches, “kids sport” threw up a couple of good ones “content management” was rubbish, but then not sure you would do any better searching creative commons directly. Hate the premium stock photos by the way.

    Will give it a go, but suggest before inserting the image click edit and then scale to reduce the file size, unless you want a slow loading blog!

  • Ali Gammack

    I like this!

  • rocketmankev

    I tried it also, and had some issues with adding media. The button would not work.

    I would recommend just avoiding and use Flikr

  • Pete Stevens

    I thought the button didn’t work too, but then realised it added the pic to the media gallery, you can edit, scale the image then add it to your post from there. I’ve not actually used it live yet so still in the promising category.

  • Maria Vankova

    I will be testing it right away, this could save me a ton of time.

  • Harsh Agrawal

    I have never tried this plugin and it looks very handy and useful.. Thanks for useful addition..

  • Melynda Duke

    Lovely plug in, You have got really some awesome informative plug in.
    Like ebuzznet said it will save really lot of time.


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