Can I use static images directly without using assets?

Can I just place static images in a web accessible folder and reference them statically in my views, without the need of using assets?

Where should I put the images?

Yes, just put them in the web/ folder

In addition, you can put them anywhere if you create a symbolic link in the web directory.

For example, a symlink called ‘images’ could point to a directory not in your web directory. Can be very useful sometimes.