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MetaSlider and Unsplash

Unsplash is one of the most popular stock photo sites in the world. The site has an ethos of sharing that is similar to the WordPress community. Photographers from all over the world upload their photos and allow you to re-use those photos on your projects.

When you use MetaSlider to create sliders, you can access Unsplash to search for and add images.

You don’t have to worry about paying for Unsplash images or navigating copyright requirements. With Unsplash images, you are allowed to “copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash”. Click here to view the full license. It is good behavior to give credit to the photographer and link to their work, but this isn’t required.

  • To start using Unsplash images, edit a slideshow in MetaSlider.
  • Click the “Add Slide” button” in the top-right corner.
  • Click the “Unsplash Library” tab.
  • You will now be able to search for any image in Unsplash.
Searching for UnSplash images for a MetaSlider slide
  • MetaSlider will automatically insert an image that gives credit to the original photographer’s work. You can remove this if you don’t want it on your site.
Adding a caption to credit Unsplash photographers
  • Click the blue “Add to slideshow” button.
  • MetaSlider will now display a progress bar as the plugin imports the image to your site’s Media Library. If you have problems inserting the images, it could be because the full images are very large. I would recommend changing the “Quality” setting to “Regular” if you want to import smaller images.
Saving an UnSplash image to the WordPress media library
  • In the image below, you can see that I’ve added two images from Unsplash. Both of them are imported from Unsplash and have captions giving credit to the photographers.
  • Click the “Save” button in the top-right corner to store your changes to the slideshow.
Images unsplash