How to attribute a picture correctly on

Where to put the attribution

The easiest place to put the attribution is somewhere in the text of your blog post – perhaps at the end.

If your theme allows for a picture caption to be displayed to your readers, this is the ideal place to put your attribution, but you will need to cut and paste some HTML to get the right result.

Putting the attribution in the Caption field

I find it easiest to write the attribution into the normal wordpress post editing window, that way I can put the hyperlinks in as normal:

“A Hedgehog’s Back” by Denis Defrayne is licensed under CC by 2.0.

Then I switch from VISUAL view to TEXT view:

attribution code

Then I can copy and paste this HTML into the caption by editing the photo:

A hedgehog's back
“A Hedgehog’s Back” by Denis Defrayne is licensed under CC by 2.0.

 Best practice for attribution:

  1. Use the Artist’s title for the piece.
  2. Link to the Artist’s profile page, or their about page, or equivalent.
  3. Link to the original source of the piece – e.g. the original Flickr page.
  4. Link to the license deed.

I also like to link the main picture to the original source using the “Link To” field, then my blog readers can get to the source of the image – and its owner – with one click on the photograph.

Please put any questions in the comments.


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