Picapp has built a plugin for WordPress that allows bloggers to use millions of images of some of the world’s largest Stock libraries for free. Since the announcement the plugin has been downloaded almost 5.000 times (and that includes this website). It show a gallery and search area that allows search through both editorial and creative collections directly from the WordPress dashboard.
Although it’s fairly intrusive on the posting page it appears to be quick and easy to use (although there’s no advanced search). I found it extremely easy to upload the image below. I simply clicked on the image, selected the size and position and the image appeared in this post as below. It is likely that I would continue to use other sources though as I find the advertising still a bit intrusive.
Automattic, which leads the Open Source WordPress project and runs WordPress.com announced today that it is enabling PicApp’s embed code on its WordPress.com platform, allowing its millions of bloggers access to real time, premium, legal and free images provided by PicApp. WordPress has 7.5 million bloggers, 37 million posts and 1.2 billion page views per month, and is considered one of the most innovative and fastest growing blog platforms. Unlike other content syndication product that include intrusive advertising, the PicApp solution uses a subtle and user friendly approach that lets the end users engage with more related photos on its photo gallery pages.
“Publishers have always shown a strong interest in enhancing their content with top quality images, and we are excited to help that effort by working with PicApp and making their images available on WordPress.com.” Raanan Bar- Cohen, Vice President of Media Services, Automattic Inc said. “PicApp’s wide selection of content along with the appropriate copyrights and unobtrusive advertising approach represented the key factors for WordPress.com.”
PicApp enables publishers to easily search and insert images into posts, it has access to 20 million images covering entertainment, sports, news, travel, fashion, nature, food, and more, with 10,000 images being updated daily. PicApp images, which come fully tagged with metadata, are indexed by image-search engines thus promoting blog Search Engine Optimization.
“Making PicApp available to the millions of WordPress.com publishers is an exciting day for us, and an important milestone on our way to become the ultimate source of images servicing the blogosphere .” said Eyal Gura, CEO, PicApp, “our image distribution solution is the only one to fully respect and credit the content creators , while providing the publishers with added values of content, SEO and user engagement”