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Best Free Stock Photo Websites

The best free stock photo websites available on the web are ideal for the entrepreneur. Those indiviuals that are involved in startup efforts do not have the resources fork over $25 plus for every picture they place on each blog entry. And thus, the beauty of the free stock photo websites. It is so important because as a startup company, image is everything if you want to attract big seriously clients, you need to look big and serious. The positioning in the minds of your customers as to how your business is perceived is dependent on the look and feel of every piece of content produced. Due to this fact, we have a list of the best stock photo websites inspired by Dustin Senos:

https://www.focusfitness.net/stock-photos/

A great little site for some exercise and fitness photos.

https://www.pexels.com/

A wide range of images for all categories and themes.

Little Visuals http://littlevisuals.co/

Little Visuals allows you to signup and get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.

Unsplash http://unsplash.com/

Unsplash offers 10 new photos every 10 days.

Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/

When you subscribe you get an email with photos once a month.

New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co/

New Old Stock Photos provides vintage photos from the public archives. Photos are free of known copyright restrictions.

Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com/

Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. Photos are available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you can use the work for your own purposes — including commercial use — as long as credit is provided.

Picjumbo http://picjumbo.com/

Picjumbo is great because it allows you to search through the archives by category. This allows you to target images you are interested in rather than just rely on the monthly stipend sent in the previous sites.

The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com/

The user experience on this site is kind of ridiculous, but there are some cool patterns and backgrounds available if you are patient.

Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com/

Gratisography has great imagery available without any confining license.

Getrefe http://getrefe.tumblr.com/

Tumblr site a home page for downloading european, travel and historical images.

IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free

This site is great because it features a search, although the search capability is pretty sub par.

Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/

Jay Mantri features free pics with an unlimited license. You can also signup and get 7 new photos every Thursday.

Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/

New free stock photos available every week. There are some nice gems that popup here from time to time.

Magdeleine http://magdeleine.co/

Magdalene has some really nice photos. The photos per category are a bit sparse. The category search is a great feature that some of the other sites don’t provide.

Foodiesfeed http://foodiesfeed.com

Foodiesfeed lives up to its name and provides great photos of all things food.

Picography http://picography.co/

Picography has amazing high resolution photos. They are available in list format and a bit hard to paginate through.

Raumrot http://www.raumrot.com/10/

Raumrot has a lot of good variety. The gallery searching is efficient for searching through a lot of images quickly. Good things are happening here.

ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com/

ISO Republic features categories for narrowing down types of images you are looking for and then has pagination. The selections are not overwhelming.

Do you have a favorite, free, goto stock photo site that you use? Let us know in the comments.

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Build A Website http://buffernet.com/build-a-website/ http://buffernet.com/build-a-website/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:25:43 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1329 So you want to build a website. There is a lot of options out there, but which is right for you? Do you want to pay a monthly fee and less control over your vision? Do you want to pay upfront with no monthly fee and have complete control over the implementation of your idea? […]

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So you want to build a website. There is a lot of options out there, but which is right for you? Do you want to pay a monthly fee and less control over your vision? Do you want to pay upfront with no monthly fee and have complete control over the implementation of your idea? No matter your option, we have good news for you . . . at buffernet we have you covered!

Custom Option

We see the most demand for the custom option.  Most of our customers come to us to fix or create their website from scratch.  There are a few different reasons for creating a custom option.  First, our clients have great brand recognition, and cookie cutter site on Wix or SquareSpace just doesn’t meet their demands.  The second reason is that they don’t want to be nickled and dimed each month.  They want to pay one payment upfront and then own their site for lifespan of their business.

Template Option

To a lesser extend some of our clients ask us to build their websites with SquareSpace or Wix.  For business that have few needs and requirements as well as a generic brand, this is a great option.  We are happy to help our clients with this hosted template option.  For many, it is all they need.

 

In closing, building a website is on a case by case basis.  We are happy to give you a free analysis to determine what is right for you.  Contact us today for a free consultation! Also, make sure to have some fun, we recommend you our favorite gaming site p4rgaming.com, make sure to check it out.

 

 

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Do iOS or Android Apps Make More Money ? http://buffernet.com/ios-android-apps-make-money/ http://buffernet.com/ios-android-apps-make-money/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:15:33 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1074 iOS first has been strategy of most companies to date. According to this article by The Guardian, iOS device owners can play Plants vs. Zombies 2, Clash of Clans and Worms 3, but Android owners can’t. Instagram launched on Android 18 months after iOS. Nike’s Nike+ FuelBand still hasn’t made the leap. Mailbox and Tweetbot are […]

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iOS first has been strategy of most companies to date.

According to this article by The Guardian, iOS device owners

can play Plants vs. Zombies 2, Clash of Clans and Worms 3, but Android owners can’t. Instagram launched on Android 18 months after iOS. Nike’s Nike+ FuelBand still hasn’t made the leap. Mailbox and Tweetbot are still no-shows, and while much-praised children’s app-maker Toca Boca has 18 apps available on iOS, only one of them is also on Android.

Yes, there a lot of Android activations going on, but are those users poised to purchase?

Let us know your experience in the comments below.

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Best Free Stock Photo Websites of 2015 http://buffernet.com/best-free-stock-photo-websites-2015/ http://buffernet.com/best-free-stock-photo-websites-2015/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:21:00 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1174 Best Free Stock Photo Websites The best free stock photo websites available on the web are ideal for the entrepreneur. Those indiviuals that are involved in startup efforts do not have the resources fork over $25 plus for every picture they place on each blog entry. And thus, the beauty of the free stock photo […]

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Best Free Stock Photo Websites

The best free stock photo websites available on the web are ideal for the entrepreneur. Those indiviuals that are involved in startup efforts do not have the resources fork over $25 plus for every picture they place on each blog entry. And thus, the beauty of the free stock photo websites. It is so important because as a startup company, image is everything if you want to attract big seriously clients, you need to look big and serious. The positioning in the minds of your customers as to how your business is perceived is dependent on the look and feel of every piece of content produced. Due to this fact, we have a list of the best stock photo websites inspired by Dustin Senos:

Little Visuals http://littlevisuals.co/

Little Visuals allows you to signup and get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.

Unsplash http://unsplash.com/

Unsplash offers 10 new photos every 10 days.

Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/

When you subscribe you get an email with photos once a month.

New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co/

New Old Stock Photos provides vintage photos from the public archives. Photos are free of known copyright restrictions.

Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com/

Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. Photos are available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you can use the work for your own purposes — including commercial use — as long as credit is provided.

Picjumbo http://picjumbo.com/

Picjumbo is great because it allows you to search through the archives by category. This allows you to target images you are interested in rather than just rely on the monthly stipend sent in the previous sites.

The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com/

The user experience on this site is kind of ridiculous, but there are some cool patterns and backgrounds available if you are patient.

Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com/

Gratisography has great imagery available without any confining license.

Getrefe http://getrefe.tumblr.com/

A Tumblr site a home page for downloading european, travel and historical images.

IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free

This site is great because it features a search, although the search capability is pretty sub par.

Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/

Jay Mantri features free pics with an unlimited license. You can also signup and get 7 new photos every Thursday.

Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/

New free stock photos available every week. There are some nice gems that popup here from time to time.

Magdeleine http://magdeleine.co/

Magdalene has some really nice photos. The photos per category are a bit sparse. The category search is a great feature that some of the other sites don’t provide.

Foodiesfeed http://foodiesfeed.com

Foodiesfeed lives up to its name and provides great photos of all things food.

Picography http://picography.co/

Picography has amazing high resolution photos. They are available in list format and a bit hard to paginate through.

Raumrot http://www.raumrot.com/10/

Raumrot has a lot of good variety. The gallery searching is efficient for searching through a lot of images quickly. Good things are happening here.

ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com/

ISO Republic features categories for narrowing down types of images you are looking for and then has pagination. The selections are not overwhelming.

Do you have a favorite, free, goto stock photo site that you use? Let us know in the comments.

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Top 5 Essential WordPress Plugins http://buffernet.com/essential-wordpress-plugins/ http://buffernet.com/essential-wordpress-plugins/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:43:10 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1157 Essential WordPress Plugins: The list of essential WordPress plugins consists of those plugins which every site needs to have installed to be a serious in the website space. WordPress started off as blogging software, but as the community exploded, so did the developers in their pursuit to create plugins that can be mixed and matched […]

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Essential WordPress Plugins:

The list of essential WordPress plugins consists of those plugins which every site needs to have installed to be a serious in the website space. WordPress started off as blogging software, but as the community exploded, so did the developers in their pursuit to create plugins that can be mixed and matched for every website. Below are a list of the 5 essential WordPress plugins every website should have installed.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is one of those must include plugins.  A large portion of the forms you see on WordPress sites are the configureable forms built in the Contact Form 7 editor.  A power tip is connect the Contact Form 7 with the Amazon SES plugin for really efficient form and email delivery of data.

 

WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

If you have page rank and visibility on Google in mind, this plugin is essential for letting you focus in on keywords for every post that you write.  This plugin has a handy editor for tracking how well you are adhering to SEO standards in your post.

Google Analytics Plugin

The ability to track the traffic coming into your site is essential for determining what you are adding to your site is working and what is not.  Instead of having to paste the code snippet Google Analytics provides into every page, enabling the Google Analytics Plugin does all the heavy lifting for you.  This plugin is essential for any serious web master.

W3 Total Cache Plugin

We consider this a plugin for advanced users.  The results it provides are invaluable.  Benchmarks on the plugins website shows at 10 times improvement load time after installing the plugin.  The caching works by saving off frequently used files to fast access web tools like Amazon S3 to significantly increase page load efficiency.

 

iThemes Security Plugin

With all of the popularity of WordPress has come onslaught of hacking instances.  iThemes Security Plugin works safeguard your site through an array of different ways including 2 factor authentication, password expiration, site scanning, and the list goes on.  This is a must have for highly trafficked sites.

Are there any plugins we didn’t include and in which you consider your top picks? Let us know in the comments.

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Top 3 Mobile Apps In Local Government http://buffernet.com/top-3-mobile-apps-local-government/ http://buffernet.com/top-3-mobile-apps-local-government/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:53:12 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1132 Mobile Apps In Local Government Mobile apps in local government are becoming the standard for creating a feedback loop between citizens and those they elect at the local level. The mobile app is the ideal medium to facilitate this type of communication due to several features that the mobile paradigm supports including: location awareness, ubiquitousness […]

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Mobile Apps In Local Government

Mobile apps in local government are becoming the standard for creating a feedback loop between citizens and those they elect at the local level. The mobile app is the ideal medium to facilitate this type of communication due to several features that the mobile paradigm supports including: location awareness, ubiquitousness nature (it is ever present), image capture ability. The mobile apps listed below utilize one or more of these features to varying degrees.

Park Mobile

Park Mobile , as the name implies allows users to pay for parking from their mobile phones. Simple idea yes, but a revolutionary implementation! The app allows you to register and associate your vehicle by your license plate. It then allows you to pay the meter in person from your mobile phone. When you are 15 minutes from your meter expiring, you receive a push notification. You can then add money to the meter from the app wherever you are. The meters are not supported every in the US (yet), but are gaining a lot of traction. Here are the areas that support Park Mobile‘s technology:

parkmobile mobile apps in local government

parkmobile mobile apps in local government

SeeClickFix

This app embodies broken window theory in the truest sense of the word. SeeClickFix is revolutionary in the sense in that its reach is not limited to adoption by local governments. Anyone can register for the app or visit the SeeClickFix site and report an issue an issue about any city in the world. The reported issues do need to be watched by city officials or reported to them by concerned officials, which makes the adoption of the program a bit shaky. The website has several testimonials about how this escalation process has worked in some of the largest cities and local governments in the US. The aspect of SeeClickFix we like best is the fact that they have a developer API upon which anyone can build an app that leverages all they tools this platform has to offer.

seeclickfix mobile apps in local government

seeclickfix mobile apps in local government

Ask Elk Grove

Ask Elk Grove was developed in collaboration with the City of Elk Grove by PublicStuff. The app allows you to report problems within the city of Elk Grove, California such as potholes or electrical lines that are down. The app also contains specific information about news and happenings because of its specific implementation within the city.

Ask Elk Grove Elk Grove City Calendar Elk Grove Trash Pickup

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Personal Information Manager (PIM) Software http://buffernet.com/personal-information-manager-pim-software/ http://buffernet.com/personal-information-manager-pim-software/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:27:55 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1255 Personal information managers help end users store, organize, and retrieve text and numerical data in the form of notes, lists, memos, tasks, calendars, schedules, and contact lists.   Examples: Evernote

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Personal information managers help end users store, organize, and retrieve text and numerical data in the form

of notes, lists, memos, tasks, calendars, schedules, and contact lists.

 

Examples:

  • Evernote

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Natural Language Programming http://buffernet.com/natural-language-programming/ http://buffernet.com/natural-language-programming/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:25:36 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1253 A type of fifth generation programming which uses human understandable sentences. This is mostly being used in Artificial Intelligence programming.   Examples: INTELLECT SIRI  

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A type of fifth generation programming which uses human understandable sentences. This is mostly being used in Artificial Intelligence programming.

 

Examples:

INTELLECT

SIRI

 

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Integrated Package Software Applications http://buffernet.com/integrated-package-software-applications/ http://buffernet.com/integrated-package-software-applications/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:15:50 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1251 Separate software applications that are meant to share data and functionality between them. This very much the paradigm the Apple Watch and iPhone work within. Other examples Microsoft Works, Lotus eSuite Workplace and AppleWorks.

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Separate software applications that are meant to share data and functionality between them. This very much the paradigm the Apple Watch and iPhone work within. Other examples Microsoft Works, Lotus eSuite Workplace and AppleWorks.

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Groupware http://buffernet.com/groupware/ http://buffernet.com/groupware/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:07:09 +0000 http://buffernet.com/?p=1249 Groupware is a form of general purpose software that aids in collaboration. An example of this could be Google Docs when a team is collaborating on a document in realtime. Asana could also be lumped into this category. Sharepoint and Google Sites are other SaaS that could fit in this category.

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Groupware is a form of general purpose software that aids in collaboration. An example of this could be Google Docs when a team is collaborating on a document in realtime. Asana could also be lumped into this category. Sharepoint and Google Sites are other SaaS that could fit in this category.

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