Heal Your Church WebSite

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Free Stock Photos (now)!

Stock.xchng bills itself as “the leading free stock photo site.” Hey, who am I to argue with a well-organized and easy-to-navigate web site containing over 19.000 FREE photos by more than 1.500 users?

Free Stock Photos (now) at the Stock.xchngYes, some (as in just a few) of the photos have restrictions and/or string attached, but many don’t. Those that do usually require permission or acknowledgement if the work is to appear in a commercial presentation.

The quality of images ranges from well-intended amateur to full-blown professional. Somewhere in between, you might be able to find some smiling faces and some neat places to give your church or charity website that warm ‘human touch’ that helps convey your organization’s purpose and personality.

Just do me a favor, if you do use the photos, remember two things. Give the author some attribution, and please, please, please, don’t make the mistake of thinking that by resizing the image using the <img> tag that you’re physically reducing the download size of the photo (because you’re not !-). For more details, see my article on color reduction.


  1. If you haven’t peeked in at ChurchsiteChat lately, take a look. The interesting thread of this week was around the stock photo vs. real members debate.

  2. Fake photos on a site are like fake fireplaces and fake shutters: they look nice but serve no other function. It’s bad enough that some believe in a viable “virtual church” – aren’t we violating at least one commandment if we put a picture of a young family on a site, only to tell a potential visitor that the photo was “for representative purposes”? Nope – none for me, thanks.

  3. Also have to watch out for ‘shiny people’ syndrome Father Flanders recently was posting about.