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Pexels: Free Stock Photos

Description

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock images for personal and commercial use. This plugin helps you search, browse and download those photos directly to your WordPress site, giving you the benefits of hosting them (cropping, compressing, caching etc.).

Features

  • Search and browse thousands of free stock photos from Pexels from your WordPress Dashboard
  • Add ANY image to your WordPress Media Library with one click
  • Use the image inside your post/page content
  • Use the image as a Featured Image
  • No attribution required (really!)

Screenshots and Documentation

  • To start searching and using images, go to Media > Pexels Photos
  • Search for your photos
  • Click to download
  • Go to your page/post editor and use the photos
  • Visit the Pexels Documentation page to see the screenshots and documentation.

Screenshots

  • Search results
  • Insert it into the post/page or use it as a Featured Image

Installation

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/pexels-fsp directory, OR install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. To start searching and using images, go to Media > Pexels Photos
  4. Search for your photos, click once to download
  5. Go to your page/post editor and use the photos
  6. Visit the Pexels Documentation page to see the plugin in action and other documentation.

FAQ

Are the images free?

Yes 🙂 All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Does the plugin hotlink (directly link) to the images on pexels.com?

No. The plugin indeed downloads the images to your WordPress site, giving you all the benefits of hosting them (cropping, compressing, caching etc.).

Reviews

31 July 2021
This plugin seems to work well in my testing just now. The only reason it's 4-stars and not 5-stars is because adding images isn't as smooth as it could be. To add a photo to a post, you: 1. Go to Dashboard -> Media -> Pexels Photos 2. Select a picture (this downloads it into your uploads/ folder). 3. Go back to your post 4. Insert image and find it via the media library. It would be nice if there were either a) a way to add a pexels photo as a one click gutenberg block (see the Unsplash plugin for an example of what that looks like) b) a way to add a pexels photo in a few more clicks but still from the post editor. So perhaps "add image", then a new tab shows up for picking from Pexels (see Instant Images plugin for example there). In any case, thanks to the author for creating this.
11 August 2020
This will be used on a website I built for my daughter who will have guest authors on a blog for providers/parents of autistic children. It is perfect to have stock photos at their fingertips as they are putting together the posts. Thank you!
31 July 2018
This is a great plugin that does exactly what is described. Makes it very easy to obtain legal images for content.
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Contributors and Developers

“Pexels: Free Stock Photos” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Change Log

1.2.2

  • Allowed access for all roles “Author” and above

1.2.1

  • Updated API

1.2

  • Fixed metadata error

1.1

  • Enabled support for Gutenberg (or any other editor, for that matter!)
  • Moved page under “Media” to facilitate image downloads without depending on the post editor
  • Updated screenshots
  • Added documentation link

1.0.3

  • Added screenshots
  • Added the “Settings” page link

1.0.2

  • Added more credit to Pexels.com

1.0.1

  • Minor updates to the readme.txt file
  • Minor updates to the settings.php file

1.0

  • Released