1. Ciprian

    Where’s the WordPress plugin?!

    An opt-in would be nice, with access to users’ images. For example, if I add the search to my site (as a WordPress plugin), I would like to have a checkbox saying something along the lines of:

    “I would like to include my images in the CCSearch repository. I agree with the legal terms, this and that.”

    Just an idea.


    • Jason Lemieux

      Yea that’s a fantastic idea actually but I wonder what sort of intelligence could be put in place to keep the CC repo from becoming cluttered up with non-useful things are already cluttering up media libraries everywhere. Logos, documents, etc. Maybe something as simple as only grabbing .jpg files (usually photos) which are of a minimum size and color count?

      Interesting to think about…


    • Emily Barney

      I’m not sure that the WordPress media library default functionality is set up in a way that would match the type of “simple image searching” they’re talking about. Flickr and other tools mentioned above have much more robust ways of handling those metadata fields and APIs for search tools that are already well tested.

      Also, those sites are usually better positioned to host full size images than WordPress sites, where optimizing images to reduce load times is likely to be more helpful for overall performance.


  2. Jeffrey

    I admire their effort.
    1. I am curious how they cover the monthly hosting cost of $1400?
    2. The search could be more intelligent. When I search for “Pokemon GO”, I get many pictures of the Chinese GO board game.


  3. Emily Barney

    As a librarian and photographer who offers WP managed hosting at the school where I work and helps faculty & students learn how to do image research, this is great news!

    I already use Flickr’s creative commons search / faves / tags extensively – most of the 12K+ photos on my own account are posted with a CC BY/NC license. Their search does have some features this may not have – Government image licenses, for example, or narrowing by color. But this will be a great tool to have available to people as I try to explain image licensing. :)

    I’m not sure the comments here are noting that this does not use any WordPress sites as a source of images, only existing image databases:

    CC Search currently pulls CC-licensed images from Rijksmuseum, Flickr, 500px, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  4. Danny Brown

    I used CC back in the day, but it became a pain to manage, as images would have their copyright changed by the owner (nothing wrong with that, but a PITA to manage and replace), or images would disappear altogether (leaving a nice “image not available” message on your post).

    I use a mix of Unsplash and Pixabay (moreso the latter), and am more than happy with both quality of work and quantity of choice on display.


    • Emily Barney

      Just curious, what sort of tools were you using to find the images? If you were Hotlinking to any images on someone else’s server, that’s more likely to be problematic for the image not found issue regardless of license, since a lot of site hosts don’t like to encourage that sort of thing.

      If you were downloading images and putting them into your own media library that doesn’t erase the risk of a copyright owner changing their mind about CC licenses, but I usually note where I found it and the date and don’t worry about it as much if I was honoring the license correctly when I got it. Have to do that if you’re using images for featured images or social thumbnails, anyway, since you can’t get the right crops or thumbnails if they aren’t processed through the media library.

      Using images from Flickr Commons or other public domain sources like the ones you’ve mentioned also helps, much less likely to have issues that way.


      • Danny Brown

        Hi Emily, I was using a Flickr plugin for WordPress (previously Zemanta) that sourced the images from a search in your WP dashboard, and then you could drop the image in (so it was hosted elsewhere).

        What I like about the Pixabay option is I can support the artist directly – use their work, and make a PayPal donation if/where applicable. I also find the quality better, as in more choice and not limited to stock-type photographs, which I often find is the case with CC.

        But that could just be me. :)


      • Tomas M.

        And you can’t beat Pixabay’s Public Domain license.


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