Add Flickr Creative Commons Pictures to WordPress Posts

Images can make your writing. They work with your text to explain, elaborate, affect and endear your words to your readers. Finding the perfect image while avoiding copyright conflict can be a time-consuming challenge. Many WordPress blog administrators rely on Creative Commons licensed images, since they are free, but searching for these images usually requires visiting other websites.

Flickr – Pick a Picture is a new plugin that makes it easy for you to select a Creative Commons image from Flickr and use it in your WordPress site.

After you install and activate the plugin, you’ll get a new icon in the media bar on the post edit page:

This icon will launch a window where you can search for images that you’d like to use in your blog. The plugin produces all related Creative Commons images from Flickr:

If you want to see a larger version of the image, simply click on the thumbnail to enlarge it:

Automatic Attribution

One of the best features of this plugin is that it automatically pulls in information for attributing the images you use. It takes advantage of WordPress 3.4’s ability to include HTML in image captions. When you select a Flickr image, the caption will automatically contain a link back the source of the image.

Once you’ve selected your image, you’ll be able to able to take advantage of the standard image editing features built into WordPress, including:

  • Image alignment
  • Cropping
  • Rotating
  • Flipping
  • Resizing

This plugin without a doubt provides the easiest and most convenient way to search Flickr Creative Commons images while working within your WordPress dashboard. No need to download images to your computer anymore – just select your image and embed it within your content. Grab the Flickr – Pick a Picture plugin for free from the WordPress repository and cut the time you spend searching for images.

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